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Today's Opinions

  • Our take on amendments

    New Mexico voters are being asked to decide five constitutional amendments during the general election. We urge a “yes” vote on Amendments 1, 3 and 5 while offering no recommendation on Amendments 2 and 4 because they aren’t really relevant to voters in San Miguel and Mora counties.

    Amendment 1 — which, if approved, could change the manner in which school board elections are held — requires a three-fourths’ majority in order to pass. The four other proposed amendments require a simple majority vote in order to be enacted.

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 22, 2014
  • Work of Art - Where’d we all come from?

    It’s hard to imagine that the staff of Dr. Cordell Halverson’s office will ever forgive (or at least forget) my deception. Halverson, a long-time Ob/Gyn, had my wife, Bonnie, as one of his patients. His office was at Eighth and University, close to Highlands.

    At the time, Bonnie was teaching school in Anton Chico. I received a call from her (in that pre-cell phone era), at my office, in Mortimer Hall, telling me she’d forgotten to deliver a certain specimen to Halverson’s office, on her way to work that morning.

  • Vote ‘yes’ on GO bonds

    New Mexico voters will decide three general obligation bond questions this November, and the Optic urges a “yes” vote on all of them.

    Combined, the GO bonds would raise $169 million for brick and mortar projects at colleges and universities, for materials for libraries and for infrastructure improvements and large purchases for our senior citizen centers.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Managing economic development

    A story came out recently in my hometown newspaper that I think people who live in other small towns and cities around New Mexico might relate to.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 17, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! TWO U.S. NURSES INFECTED WITH EBOLA
    Two Texas health care workers tested positive for Ebola, and now public health officials are trying to figure out how they got it, given that they wore full protective gear while caring for an Ebola patient who later died. This is a frightening development, one that has the head of the Centers for Disease Control saying we need to rethink how we provide care. The World Health Organization is calling the outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

    THUMBS UP! BLUE RIBBON

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 17, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Eugenio Romero wins, East bolts

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The stage was set for the momentous election to choose the first mayor of the combined city of east and west Las Vegas. It was July 18, 1882, and the racially charged contest was an obvious and heated struggle between Hispanics in Old Town, and Anglos in New Town, whose population in just three years equaled or exceeded that of the west side.