Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - Dec. 25, 2016

    Look at school leadership
    Just read in the Optic where the West Las Vegas Superintendent is concerned with the latest district grades.

    His solution is to develop a strategy of improvement by using a data driven scenario. It appears to us that he is leading from behind. One cannot wait for data to move forward. Data must be evaluated on a monthly basis with administration and staff so that immediate solutions can be developed and implemented. One cannot wait from year to year.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 25, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Portland Press Herald of Maine on the decrease in life expectancy in the U.S. (Dec. 12, 2016):

    Life expectancy fell in 2015 for the first time in more than 20 years, by itself a shocking and sad statistic that separates the United States from all other high-income nations.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 23, 2016

    The song, “Winter Wonderland,” comes to mind as one drives past the several parks in Las Vegas. Well decorated are Plaza Park, Carnegie Park and Lincoln Park, each with hundreds of lights strewn from tree to tree. Kudos to the city of Las Vegas employees who put the decorations up. There was a time when we considered ourselves fortunate if only one park or one tree were decorated to boost Meadow City festivity. As you drive by the parks, take time to observe the many brightly adorned homes in the residential areas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 23, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - The best presents are given freely, not bought

    Christmas brings out the best and worst of our way of life.

    Crass consumerism runs rampant this time of year, as if owning things equates to happiness. If that were the case, then why are there so many miserable rich people?

    Sure, it’s the season of giving, but it’s also for getting. People go into debt to buy things for those they love and are close to, and then they go into debt a little more to buy that special something for themselves. You know you do. I do too.

  • Our public defender crisis

    The crisis at the cash-strapped state Public Defender’s Office has hit a boiling point in recent weeks.

    Under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, people who are charged with committing a crime have the right to an attorney, even if they can’t afford one. In New Mexico, the Public Defender’s Office is responsible for providing attorneys for defendants who cannot afford to hire their own.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 21, 2016
  • Work of Art: Things becoming surreal

    Without searching very hard, it’s possible to find many supposed awards bestowed on people and things.

    Sports Illustrated this week treated LeBron James, the superstar of the often-luckless Cleveland Cavaliers,  to virtually its entire issue. It is true: LeBron is great, his having led his team to a national basketball championship (but the honor should have gone instead to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.)