• Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 9, 2016


  • Small businesses are the backbone

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Lehighton Times-News of Pennsylvania and was originally published on Nov. 28.

    Last weekend, while Americans were recovering from their Thanksgiving feasting, the nation’s retailers were having their Super Bowl.

    The sales push began on Thanksgiving Day and continued into Black Friday for major retailers, leading into Small Business Saturday and then into Cyber Monday.

    Small businesses, defined as having 500 or fewer employees, have long been the backbone of the U.S. economy.

  • The Medal of Freedom

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Chicago Tribune and was originally published on Nov. 23.

    Think of a president of the United States as the world’s most powerful fanboy — or, someday, fangirl.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 2, 2016

    Last Sunday’s front page carried a bold headline, “The fight of his life,” referring to the valiant struggle Pecos teen Mark Archuleta Jr. waged in his strife to overcome testicular cancer. The fight also includes thousands of residents of San Miguel County, hopeful that he will remain in remission and he be able to join the basketball team on the court soon. We are also hopeful that he will be able to enjoy what remains of his senior year at Pecos High School.


  • Dispatch New Mexico - Definitions for our time

    Let’s define some terms, by definition and contemporary implication. With each word or phrase I’ll give at least part of its dictionary definition (according to dictionary.com), followed by a little commentary on what the word means in the here-and-now.

  • Fighting addiction

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Commercial Appeal  of Tennessee and was originally published on Nov. 22.

    Memphis has joined the fight against substance abuse in a big way with the unveiling last week of the nation’s first center of excellence in addiction medicine.

    The Center for Addiction Science at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine is the first to receive the center of excellence recognition from The Addiction Medicine Foundation, based in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Facebook Fake news

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Free Press of Mankato (Minn.) and was originally published on Nov. 16.

    Facebook and Google have a “fake news” problem. Other people invent some sort of nonsense and scam social media and search engines into promoting it.

    It was particularly evident late in the presidential campaign. “You can text your vote and avoid the lines!” ‘’Trump wins popular vote!” ‘’Pope Francis endorses Trump!”

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 25, 2016


  • What we’re thankful for

    In just 24 hours, most of us will be with family and friends enjoying a delicious turkey dinner and thinking about what we are most grateful for in our lives.

    Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because it’s built around spending time with those in our lives who mean the most to us and taking a moment to think about the blessings in our lives.

    As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving, the Optic’s Editorial Board would like to wish you a wonderful holiday and to share some of the things we’re grateful for.

  • Obamacare is still law

    With Donald Trump having been elected president, many are wondering about the future of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The controversial law requires all Americans to have health insurance; it provides subsidies to help individuals buy the insurance, and it contains penalties for those who fail to secure coverage.