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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t drink and drive

    If you picked up a copy of Friday’s Optic, chances are you saw the ad purchased by Ray Collins.

    The ad shows the crumpled white minivan where five members of his family died after their vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver whose blood alcohol content was four times the legal limit. At the bottom of the ad is a family photograph of Renée Collins-Gonzales, 39, Paul Gonzales, 35, Selena Gonzales, 10, Jacqueline Gonzales, 11 and Alisha Garcia, 17, who died in the crash, and of Arissa Garcia, the sole survivor of the crash.

  • Editorial cartoon - May 27, 2015
  • Work of Art: Two Broke Girls: moronic!

    For the past dozen years, the amount of the Trujillo family’s televiewing has dropped considerably. Whereas late last century we watched and at least kept track of dozens of programs — mostly half-hour sitcoms — today we watch things like Masterpiece Theater, a smattering of PBS offerings on Sunday, Keeping Up Appearances, 60 Minutes, and not much else.

  • No special session

    It appears that the window for a special legislative session has come and gone, and that’s truly unfortunate, given what was at stake.

    Lawmakers adjourned the regular legislative session in March without approving a capital outlay package that would have provided more than $260 million in funding for capital improvement projects around the state. Entities in Las Vegas and San Miguel County were in line to receive more than $21 million in funding under one version of the capital outlay bill, while entities in Mora County were slated to get $255,000.

  • Editorial cartoons - May 25, 2015
  • Editorial cartoons - May 25, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - A Norteño, sort of, moves to Roswell

    In recent months, I’ve found myself living and working in three different communities. Very different, but with one standout similarity.

    I’m talking about Las Vegas, Taos and Roswell, three New Mexico municipalities with their unique identities.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 22, 2015

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME BACK!
    The Las Vegas Train Robbers, opened their 2015 home baseball season this week with a game against the defending league champion Santa Fe Fuego. It’s unfortunate that this season, the Pecos League presented the Train Robbers with a truncated schedule, with only 10 home games. But that’s still an opportunity to watch some great baseball. Home games begin at 6 p.m., and the schedules are published in the Optic sports section.