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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 19, 2012
  • Work of Art - A fresh, new topic

    Months back in this space I mentioned some of the extremely specific topics I’ve covered since this column began in 2003.

    Would you believe one of the columns analyzed the word “up,” and how it can be used in many contexts, as in finish up, grow up, wise up, etc., without necessarily having anything to do with direction.

    Another column discussed the way people end their sentences with “so ...,” and, you know, another like parsed the overuse of “like” and “ya know.”     

  • Out to the ballgame

    Count us in as enthusiastic supporters of the plan to locate a semi-pro baseball team here in Las Vegas. Who isn’t in favor of it, given the multiple benefits it promises to bring to the city?

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 17, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Revisiting the regional idea

    Do you know what came of the regional water symposium held Oct. 30 at Luna Community College?

    Apparently, not much; at least, not yet.

    The symposium, which was organized by Richard Trujillo of the State Engineer’s Office and Pete Campos, state senator and Luna president, was intended as a starting point for a more region-wide approach to the water problems in northeastern New Mexico.

  • Torres may have the best approach

    Maybe Josephine Torres has found the answer to the problem of excessive DUIs in northern New Mexico. She is suing Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza for failing to protect the public from drunk drivers.

    When you read in the Optic that so-in-so has been arrested for his 9th, 10th, even 11th, DUI, you have to wonder why this keeps happening here. You don’t see this in other parts of the nation, where these chronic offenders would have long since had their vehicles impounded and been thrown in prison.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 14, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! A VERY BAD DOZEN. Jose R. Griego, 65, who lives along Anton Chico Route, is facing his 12th DWI after being arrested nearly two weeks ago. Police reported that he was driving on a revoked license and without insurance, and that he failed to stay in his lane on NM 283, where he was pulled over and arrested.
    Fortunately, he didn’t hurt or kill anyone, this time around. And thankfully, he’s off the road, at least for a while.

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler was ubiquitous provocateur

    Russ Kistler was not entirely preoccupied with race issues and division, and his Optic reported in earnest on virtually every local activity, though mostly about East Las Vegas.