Today's Opinions

  • Another perspective: Beware of deceptive ‘weasel words’ in politics

    The following editorial was recently published in the Roswell Daily Record.

    When you don’t get a straight answer to a simple question, that’s a red flag.

    When the expected answer should be something approximating a yes or a no, anything other than that is often indicative of deceit. Beware.

  • Letters to the editor, Aug. 6, 2017

    City’s plans?

    I was disappointed in the Las Vegas City Council for voting 4 to 1 to disapprove Resolution 17-27, which the Optic describes in their article of July 21-22 as “a non-binding declaration of support for resettlement of refugees.”

    Refugee status is a vetted and legal designation conferred by the federal government. Reasons cited for voting disapproval appeared to center on city resource constraints (“economic and quality-of-life challenges for the city”).

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 4, 2017


    Although her hair now is salt-and-pepper gray, one claim to fame for Pecos native Cindy Roybal is her tenure as a member of the All-American Redheads basketball team years back.

    Roybal, a long-time basketball coach, holds a 377-105 won-loss record as a coach.

  • ACA needs tweaks — not just ‘repeal and replace’

    Recently, I went in search of health insurance. I no longer enjoyed the benefits of an employer-sponsored plan, and my payments into COBRA were astronomically high, so I was hoping to find something more affordable.

    I decided to stop by a couple of brick-and-mortar insurance agency offices, to see what they could offer. What I encountered surprised me. Turns out I was wrong to hope I’d find a less expensive policy, unless I wanted to go to a bare-bones policy with high deductibles and enormous co-pays, but that’s not what surprised me.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

  • Goodbye, circuses. Are zoos next?

    The following editorial was recently published by the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    When the Ringling Bros. circus was founded, Ulysses S. Grant was president and the South was in the middle of Reconstruction. The storied act sadly came to an end in May. Ringling, after years of harassment from animal rights activists, couldn’t keep the show running.

    Activists are already plotting to make zoos history as well.

  • Work of Art: ‘But it’s in black and white’

    Back in the olden days, in the era of black-and-white movies and TV-less households, the weekend highlight for many Las Vegans was going to see a Western, or at least something with lots of action, but no romance.

    We had three movie houses in Las Vegas: The SERF, which has been transformed into a dance-dining hall but still retains its marquee; the Kiva, closed for decades, on Bridge Street, whose favorite flicks were in Spanish; and the Coronado, at Sixth and University. The building stands, but no movie has been shown in decades.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017