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Today's Opinions

  • Investigation warranted

    We’re glad that state oversight agencies finally have Luna Community College under a microscope.

    Allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and cronyism have been raised at Luna ever since the college’s current board of trustees and president rose to power roughly two years ago.

    It’s not difficult to understand why when you consider the major policy shifts board members enacted and the decision to suspend their presidential search in favor of giving the job to Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, a man with a troubling history at the college.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 17, 2016
  • Work of Art: We could hear a pin drop

    It was about 15 years ago when, with my grandson and namesake, Arthur, I drove from our home in Camp Luna to the 900 block of Railroad Avenue, aka Tough Street, there to visit my childhood haunt.

    I wanted to give my oldest grandchild a close-up look at the neighborhood and do some reminiscing.

  • 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.