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Today's Opinions

  • Case merits more probing

    Ten months after the Optic broke the story about former Mora superintendent Charles Trujillo faking his credentials in order to obtain his educator licenses, the 43-year-old is finally facing criminal charges.

    Prior to taking high-paying jobs as associate superintendent of the Pecos school district and later as Mora’s superintendent, Trujillo served as the chief of the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau, the department in charge of issuing educator licenses and ensuring that New Mexico educators have the proper credentials.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 14, 2016
  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My brother’s keeper, revisited

    By Beth Urech

    Last March, if you saw my one-act play “Valentine for Velma” at Charlie’s Event Space, you met my brother as enacted by the talented Mykle Williams who did a great job of portraying the irresponsible yet charming sibling of a controlling yet caring older sister (me).

  • Letters to the Editor - Aug. 14, 2016

    Educator: Throw the book at Trujillo
    After reading all the counts against Charles Trujillo, I hope that every educator is as angry as I am!
    Myself, as well as many of my peer educators, worked our tails off and sacrificed to earn our licenses and certifications! We can feel good about ourselves because we did.
    To hear about all the falsified licenses and certifications really makes me sick!
    I hope they throw the book at him!
    Karen Sickler
    Golondrinas

  • Just a Thought: Walk across the street and listen

    By Rick Kraft

    We live in difficult times.

    On one side of the street is a highly emotional mob of people with slogan-filled signs. They deeply believe in their cause. Collectively, they chant in unison. They are still contained but are real close to exploding out of control.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 14, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Marietta Times of Ohio on the Zika virus (Aug. 5):
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus this week.
    CDC officials’ warning was bad enough, to be sure. The agency said an outbreak of 14 cases of Zika in Miami’s Wynwood district was the reason for its advisory. Zika can cause birth defects.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 10, 2016

    THUMBS DOWN! CHASE ENDS WITH GUNFIRE
    A 52-year -old man is facing multiple felonies after he allegedly carjacked someone near San Felipe casino and then led a state police officer on a chase on northbound Interstate 25. William Wilson was shot by the officer in San Miguel County. His gunshot wound isn’t life-threatening. It’s a blessing that no one else was injured or killed. Wilson deserves his day in court, but if he is found guilty, the judge presiding over his case should throw the book at him.

    THUMBS UP! NMHU EXHIBIT ENGAGES THE SENSES

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 12, 2016