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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

  • Hey, lawmakers: ‘Dreamers’ are contributors

    Discussions about “Dreamers” — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients — should include the fact that these young people are paying customers, both when they begin their education in the U.S. and after they graduate.

    The Optic Editorital Board applauds the San Miguel County Commission’s recent effort to support DACA legislation, and we implore state lawmakers Tomás Salazar and Pete Campos, as well as U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, to do the same.

  • A question that can transform your life

    Just a Thought — By Rick Kraft

    I have a new test for you to use in the life you live. If you apply this test, it can change your life.

    Okay, that is a lot to say in an opening to a column, but read on...I know that there are many facets of your life. You have family, friends, organizations you are involved in, possibly a job, and so on.

  • Bail reforms not to blame for crime

    Another Perspective — By Leo M. Romero

    Reforms to New Mexico’s traditional money-based bail system will make our community safer by permitting judges to lock up defendants who are most likely to commit new crimes if released. And the reforms should not be blamed for the increase in crime reported in the press.

  • Dolores Huerta: ‘Sí se puede’

    Beth Speaks for Herself — by Beth Urech

    Co-founder of United Farm Workers. First Latina inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame. Awarded Presidential Medal of Honor by Obama. 87-year-old crusader for civil rights. Coined the phrase: “Sí se puede.”

    Before I heard Dolores Huerta, I wish I had known she was born in Dawson, just 100 miles north of here. What a great way to make a connection! When her parents divorced, she moved to Stockton, Calif., but still.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

    Great N.M. people

    In just the last several weeks, scores of New Mexicans have travelled to areas of need to assist others. The New Mexico flag was hanging proudly while 22 electricians from our state helped to restore power to victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

    Other teams from Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces, and Dona Ana County travelled to Texas to assist with the hurricane and violent storms there. A bakery in Albuquerque filled six trucks with bread to feed people ravaged by the recent storms.

  • Following the space trails through New Mexico

    Here’s something you might not know: New Mexico has a “space trail,” which spans the ages at more than 50 locations around the state.

    From a mountaintop called Wizard’s Roost in Lincoln County, where prehistoric New Mexicans aligned stones to the summer and winter solstices, to Socorro County’s Magdalena Ridge Observatory, one of many modern-day astronomical observatories around the state, New Mexico is steeped in the history and development of space observation and exploration.