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Today's Opinions

  • Voting at your convenience

    Now there’s one less excuse for not voting. On Tuesday, registered Democrats and Republicans in San Miguel County will have the added convenience of casting their ballots at any one of four “convenience centers” to be set up at West Las Vegas High School’s Gillie Lopez Gym, Robertson High School’s Mike Marr Gym, the Valley Junior High School gym and the Pecos High School gym.

  • Editor's Note - The primary finales

    Why, you may have asked on Friday, did the Optic editorial board feel compelled to endorse senatorial candidates in both party races, rather than just one candidate over all the others?

    I’ll tell ya, in a round-about way.

    I’m referring to our editorial endorsements of Democrat Hector Balderas and Republican Heather Wilson, who are running for their party nominations to be New Mexico’s next U.S. senator, replacing Jeff Bingaman, who opted not to run for a sixth term.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 4, 2012
  • Mil Gracias - June 4, 2012

    Casa de Cultura les da sinceras gracias a todo por atender la dedicoción del mural.

    “This is what our culture really means.” This is in a comment made by a participant at the dedication of Casa de Cultura sponsored mural, “The People’s History of El Norte.” We thank 1,000 plus citizens who attended throughout the day.  They were from many communities in New Mexico, Los Angeles, Calif., Portland, Oregon, and Colorado.

  • Our choices for Senate

    We think their are four strong candidates running for the nominations to replace longtime Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, of course, has opted to retire rather than seek a sixth term in office, which leaves a gapping hole in New Mexico’s delegation to the nation’s capitol.

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 1, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - June 1, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Kirby Benedict’s inebriate judgeship

    Kirby Benedict was a close friend and former colleague of President Abraham Lincoln, and was among the earliest of the famed judges who occupied the Las Vegas bench. He remains New Mexico’s most notorious inebriate, and was district judge for Las Vegas from 1858 until 1866, when he was removed from the bench by President Andrew Johnson.