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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - May 1, 2016

    Consolidation is long over due

    It’s time to consolidate the two school districts of Las Vegas. It’s long overdue.

  • Just a Thought: Feet on the ground and reach for the stars

    There are two personality traits that most people would agree should be sought after.

    One trait is confidence. I think if you ask the average person if they would like to approach each day with confidence, they would say yes. A second personality trait is humbleness. This might be a better question asked about others. I think if you ask the average person if they would like others to be humble, they would say yes.

    So one of these is a characteristic we wish on ourselves and one of these is a characteristic we desire in others, but should also want for ourselves.

  • Another Perspective: Citizens make the justice system work by serving as jurors

    As we celebrate national Law Day on May 1 and Juror Appreciation Week in New Mexico, I would like to recognize the vital role each citizen plays in preserving the rule of law by serving on juries in our state courts.

    New Mexico courts each year summon about 10 percent of the state’s adult population to participate in jury service. Along with the ballot box, the jury box is one of the two most direct forms of citizen participation in our system of self-government.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Ever heard of Loma Parda? It must have been bustling

    Well, I just can’t let this information hide out in my collection of books.  I knew I should have looked up “Loma Parda” in my copy of “New Mexico Place Names” by Robert Julyan. His description of this long-gone town says it all and I quote: “A settlement in the north bank of the Rio Mora, 6. Mi. NW of Watrous PO 1872-1900, mail to Watrous. Only silent ruins remain of this infamous village, once infamous on the easter plains a the “Sodom of the Mora.”

  • Thumbs April 29, 2016

    A JOB WELL DONE

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 29, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - History will be written by young voters too

    The older you get, the more you appreciate history, because you’ve lived through so much of it.

    And in this year, history is being written in dynamic and unpredictable ways. So don’t blink or you might miss it.

    Here in New Mexico, the tumult isn’t so obvious. We mostly live in small villages, towns and cities, and that’s not where the action is. Consistent with history, most of the really big changes are going on in the urban centers of our nation, and with the young.

  • Letters to the Editor - April 29, 2016

    Political cartoon uncalled for

    The political cartoon published in the April 20 edition  was unworthy of the Optic, in my opinion.

    Stating that the upcoming presidential election consists only of bad choices is cynical enough, and the illustration is even worse. A communist hammer and sickle for Bernie Sanders? Really?