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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Jan. 12, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: HOLLY’S FIGHTS AREN’T CHEAP
    We applaud the local watering holes that offered Holly Holm’s Saturday recent UFC fight card for a cover charge that seemed to hover around $15 — far below the standard pay-per-view asking price.

  • The budget might be easier — but the question goes to pot

    Buckle up, girls and boys, it’s time to pass some laws, whether we need ‘em or not. The New Mexico Legislature convenes on Jan. 16.

    It’s a short session, of the 30-day every-other-year variety, when the state budget is the reason for the session in Santa Fe. But budget or no, lawmakers will also be filing a plethora of measures. In fact, they already have.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 12, 2017.

  • Grownups use childish taunts

    When we were kids — and because we were kids — we used lots of taunting phrases, the most popular being the chant: “Nanny nanny boo-boo,” or something equally imbecilic.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

  • Our 2018 resolutions: Same as it ever was

    New Year’s resolutions often have much to do with healthy living. The Optic’s resolutions won’t change much from before, but are more a renewed vow to keep balance in the discussion.

    You might think that you don’t recall seeing Optic New Year’s resolutions in the past. Perhaps you hadn’t, and we didn’t make any in some years, but our resolve has always been the same: to provide balanced, interesting coverage of people, events and places that matter to San Miguel and Mora county readers.

  • Living life with joy in your heart

    By Rick Kraft

    Is there joy in your heart? No really, is there joy in your heart? Some people have it and some don’t.
    Over the many years of my existence, I have come up with many theories. Some people call them “Rickisms.” One of them is that happy people make other people happy.

    Another is that hurting people hurt people.

    Basically, we can’t give to others something we don’t have. Or the flip side, we can only give to others what we have within us.

  • Then and now: Machu Picchu and Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    Before I compare Machu Picchu in Peru with Las Vegas, let me tell you how I got there. (I got here via Route 66/Santa Fe Trail exactly two years ago).

    Back in Washington Grade School in Fort Wayne, Ind., I had an exceptional Social Studies teacher.

    When studying the explorers, Miss Opal Nichols divided my seventh-grade class into committees to research and present our findings to the rest of the class. My friend, Sue Brenn, got Montezuma, Kathy Dunigan got Balboa. I got Pizarro.