Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - July 17, 2016

    Editorial cartoon was inappropriate

    What is the purpose of printing the cartoon that appeared on the editorial page of the Optic, July 10-12, 2016? It certainly does not enlighten or inform. The cartoonist made a generalization about police officers that characterizes the more than three-quarters of a million law enforcement officers in the nation as ready to stop and kill a black driver. 

  • Just a Thought: Some random thoughts in difficult times

    Those who protect us should not have to be protected. When law enforcement is protecting the rights of others to assemble, they should not become targets. The issue isn’t whether law enforcement agrees or not with the views of those they are protecting. The issue is they should not become victims for protecting freedoms of others that comes with being in America.

  • Editorial Roundup - July 17, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on President Obama’s remarks at a police memorial in Dallas (July 13):

    Dallas’ response in the days since five of our police officers were murdered demonstrates that our city can help show America how to heal its divisions over race and ease tensions over police violence.

    That was the message President Barack Obama delivered Tuesday, and we couldn’t agree more.

  • Palabras Pinturescas : The best ride is bareback

    My whole life has centered around horses, horses of many shapes, sizes, colors, temperaments and gaits. There is nothing like the luxury of riding an American saddle horse or a Tennessee walking horse in either their fast, smooth as a rocking chair gait.

    We raised both here at the ranch and at Valmora. My mother was an expert horsewoman who could make these fancy steppers glide through their beautiful gaits.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 15, 2016


  • Editorial Cartoon - July 15, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Killings by cops not exclusive to big cities

    Think all the killings by cops making news these days are exclusive to urban areas? Think again. Here in New Mexico, we’ve had at least five so far this year, and unless I’m missing something, not one in Albuquerque this year.

  • Jupiter mission wise investment

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald and was originally published July 8.

    It took five years, but NASA’s most successful solar-powered spacecraft dropped into orbit around Jupiter this week, notably on the Fourth of July.

    The spacecraft Juno had to hit the brakes to slow its speed by more than 1,200 mph to execute the dicey maneuvering required to get into the planet’s orbit. But in it went. Now the real fun begins: Let the scientific discovery commence.