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Today's Opinions

  • Just a Thought: Let’s stop avoiding ‘I don’t have time for that’

    By Rick Kraft

    How often do we say “I don’t have time for that”? In reality, it is not really a time issue, it is a priority issue. What we really mean to say is “that” is not a priority to me.

    We are all creatures of habit. It would be interesting if you took out a sheet of paper and wrote down every one of your habits. You would likely fill a page with your repetitive actions.

  • Salazar is new chair of pension committee

    NOTE: This item was submitted to the Optic by the office of the New Mexico Legislature Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    As New Mexico’s inter- im   legislative committees begin their hearings, Rep.Tomás Salazar (D-San Miguel, Santa Fe, Torrance) is pleased as he opens the Investment Pensions and Oversight Committee as its new chairman.

  • Babbling Brooks - Great customer service should be the bare minimum

    There are plenty of businesses and government or nonprofit organizations providing fine customer service around Las Vegas. If you are a retail business owner who pays attention to nearly every detail and has a vested interest in growing the customer base, I salute you, and keep up the hard work that has got you to this point.

    However, if you’re the owner of one of the Vegas businesses in the following categories, I really hope you have younger new customers in mind, and I hope you can find the resources to improve in some key areas.

  • Letters to the Editor - July 23, 2017

    Media, report facts
    In response to the essay by John Stossel run as an editorial in the July 16 edition of the Optic, I want to make the following observations. Stossel says the media (I assume he means the news media) hates the current president and so they “leap on every anti-Trump rumor.”

    The job of the news media is to report the news and for years, fortunately or unfortunately, they have considered rumors to be newsworthy.

    During that time rumors have been reported as news without regard to the individual under scrutiny.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 21, 2017
  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 21, 2017

    THUMBS DOWN! FIX IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
    A few months ago in this space, we wrote about a road hazard on Hot Springs Boulevard. There was a square hole, about a foot in each direction, and about four inches deep, waiting to create a costly front-end alignment job or a blowout for drivers. Workers soon patched up the traffic hazard.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Sampling a week of small-town news

    And they say nothing ever happens in small towns.

    Take a look at some of the goings-on just last week around New Mexico, gleaned from small-town newspapers across the state.

    Down the in southwestern corner of the state, the Silver City Daily Press reported on how Gary Johnson came riding through town on his bicycle.

  • Raising children in Trump era

    Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism.

    “ You could be president some day.”

    As recently as last year, this is what we told America’s children. We said this to encourage them to banish those inner voices of doubt and imagine themselves at their fullest potential.

    See yourself in our first black president, and feel the obstacles melt away. Look at that woman nominated to be president, and hear those glass ceilings shatter.