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Today's Opinions

  • Just a thought: Put trophy on the shelf and move on

    By Rick Kraft

    If you were sitting at home by your fireplace and your young child or grandchild came and sat on your knee and asked you, “What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?” how would you answer this question?

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.

  • Hiding data hurts goverment

    The following editorial was recently published by the Silver City Daily Press.

    Recently, the Silver City Daily Press received a call from a Santa Clara resident who had been burglarized, and who told us that five other people in their neighborhood had also been victimized. That afternoon, in an effort to get the story, we submitted a public records request to the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority, asking for the record of all calls from Santa Clara from Sunday night into Monday morning — a public record known as a police blotter.

  • Another perspective: Beware of deceptive ‘weasel words’ in politics

    The following editorial was recently published in the Roswell Daily Record.

    When you don’t get a straight answer to a simple question, that’s a red flag.

    When the expected answer should be something approximating a yes or a no, anything other than that is often indicative of deceit. Beware.

  • Another perspective: Beware of deceptive ‘weasel words’ in politics

    The following editorial was recently published in the Roswell Daily Record.

    When you don’t get a straight answer to a simple question, that’s a red flag.

    When the expected answer should be something approximating a yes or a no, anything other than that is often indicative of deceit. Beware.

  • Letters to the editor, Aug. 6, 2017

    City’s plans?

    I was disappointed in the Las Vegas City Council for voting 4 to 1 to disapprove Resolution 17-27, which the Optic describes in their article of July 21-22 as “a non-binding declaration of support for resettlement of refugees.”

    Refugee status is a vetted and legal designation conferred by the federal government. Reasons cited for voting disapproval appeared to center on city resource constraints (“economic and quality-of-life challenges for the city”).

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 4, 2017

    THUMBS UP: A JOB WELL DONE

    Although her hair now is salt-and-pepper gray, one claim to fame for Pecos native Cindy Roybal is her tenure as a member of the All-American Redheads basketball team years back.

    Roybal, a long-time basketball coach, holds a 377-105 won-loss record as a coach.

  • ACA needs tweaks — not just ‘repeal and replace’

    Recently, I went in search of health insurance. I no longer enjoyed the benefits of an employer-sponsored plan, and my payments into COBRA were astronomically high, so I was hoping to find something more affordable.

    I decided to stop by a couple of brick-and-mortar insurance agency offices, to see what they could offer. What I encountered surprised me. Turns out I was wrong to hope I’d find a less expensive policy, unless I wanted to go to a bare-bones policy with high deductibles and enormous co-pays, but that’s not what surprised me.