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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - They played ‘oompah’ style

    Only a few weeks ago, I wrote a column titled, “Your computer is toast.” It described my elation over having gotten a genuine computer to help me teach journalism classes at Highlands.

    I wrote about inviting my then-Highlands student son, Adam Stan to my office to show off the new arrival. He assures me to this day — about 30 years later — that he meant no disrespect in likening my new acquisition to a slice of soggy toast. And he assured me of his sincerity by giving me his own tour of much more up-to-date hardware in the lab he used.

  • More finger pointing

    It’s ironic that a spokesman for the state Human Services Department is crying foul over an audit commissioned by the state auditor’s office that casts the department in a bad light. Ironic because just eight months ago it was the Human Services Department using an audit that it commissioned to drag 15 behavioral health providers through the mud, effectively accusing those New Mexico businesses of fraud and other misdeeds.

  • Another Perspective - Complex ready to move forward

    By Paula Garcia

    For the Optic

    After years of diligence and teamwork, the Mora County Complex will be on its way toward completion in the coming weeks. The final pieces of a delicate puzzle of funding and partnerships have come together with the anticipated signature of Gov. Susana Martinez on the final $245,000 of Capital Outlay funding passed by the 2014 legislature.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 7, 2014

    THUMBS UP! A WELL-RUN ELECTION

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 7, 2014
  • Las Vegas needs Amtrak service

    Back in August of 2009, when I was inquiring about the Rail Runner Service being extended from Santa Fe to Raton, I wrote to then-Gov. Bill Richardson. He referred my letter to the Department. of Transportation assistant deputy secretary.

  • We can do more to prevent child abuse

    Child Abuse is a phrase that invokes sadness, disgust and anger in so many people. We are so often bombarded by stories of children killed or permanently injured by a parent or loved one. The emotional response that follows is immediate and strong and may even bring us to tears. Then life keeps going, our daily commitments push the thoughts of this tragedy away into the back of our minds. I am asking each and every one of you to think about this further. For something that has the power to cause such a response in us, is something that should not be ignored.

  • Solar energy is key to our state’s future

    As a New Mexico native, I know first-hand that New Mexico is one of the sunniest states in the U.S. In fact New Mexico has 300 sunny days a year.

    The solar industry has increased its job growth by 19.9 percent by providing more than 23,000 jobs since September 2012; that is more than 10 times the national employment growth rate which increased a measly 1.9 percent. The increase in solar power jobs makes New Mexicans rely less on fossil fuels.