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Editorials

  • An amazing legacy

    Invictus

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 6, 2013

    THUMBS UP! CITY POLICE OFFICERS GET RAISES
    It may have taken five months to get there, but the city administration and the city police union have finally reached agreement on a contract that gives officers hourly raises of 75 cents. Like firefighters, police put their lives on the line every day, and we’re glad that the city has found the money to increase their pay. A 75-cents-per-hour raise may not seem like a lot, but it amounts to $1,560 a year.

    THUMBS UP! ADMITTING A MISTAKE

  • Another bizarre twist

    We are troubled by the revelation last week that the state Human Services Department altered a behavioral health audit report to remove a conclusion that auditors found “no credible allegations of fraud” in a review of 15 providers under investigation.

    State Auditor Hector Balderas stumbled onto the alteration recently while comparing the audit report he was given with a heavily redacted audit report released last month by Attorney General Gary King.

  • Go, Cardinals!

    By Optic Editorial Board

    As the visiting team, the Robertson High School Cardinals have been defeating the opposition ­— getting revenge over teams they previously lost to. They’ve won over St. Mikes, and more recently, Taos. This Saturday, Dec. 7, they will host Silver in the state finals.

    Here’s hoping another state football championship is heading this way for the Cardinals.
     

  • Toughen standards

    By Optic Editorial Board

    By its very nature, college isn’t — or ought not be — for everybody, and for those who complete a college degree, it’s an honor and a valuable tool for future financial success.

    Accordingly, one means to finance a course of study in college, in any of New Mexico’s state-supported institutions of higher learning, has been provided by the Lottery Scholarships, available to new freshmen.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 29, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A SPECTACULAR VICTORY
    Who would have thought that Robertson High School’s football team could have defeated St. Michael’s on the Horseman’s own field, no less? Early in the season the Horsemen embarrassed Robertson, defeating the team 50-0. But this past Saturday the Cardinals got their revenge, defeating the No. 1-ranked Horsemen 22-13. Great job Cards, and good luck in Taos this weekend.

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME MOISTURE

  • Gov is on the right track

    If you’ve been paying attention to the announcements coming out of Gov. Susana Martinez’s office in the last week, you know that she’s planning to push for significant funding for water projects during the upcoming legislative session.

    On Nov. 19 she announced that she would be asking the Legislature to earmark $112 million — roughly 60 percent of the capital outlay funding available next year — for water infrastructure projects throughout the state.

  • A life well lived

    As we get older we begin to ponder questions like whether the world is a better place because we are here.

    Judging by the outpouring of grief and the wonderful stories being shared, there is no doubt that educator and coach Mary Bustos made a huge difference in her short 51 years on this earth. Bustos, a West Las Vegas math teacher and head volleyball coach, died November 13 after battling a rare blood disease for nine months.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 22, 2013

    THUMBS UP! SHOEBOXES OF HOPE

  • Where was Gary King?

    It took six months, but the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico — joined by three landowners — has carried through on its threat to sue Mora County.

    The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Albuquerque, contends that the community rights ordinance approved in April, which bans oil and gas operations in the county, is unconstitutional.