Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - Sept. 27, 2015

    Animal cruelty cases anger reader
    Neglect and cruelty of animals is nothing new in San Miguel County and Las Vegas, maybe even in the state. Que verguenza, for us to be known for such a horrific behavior.  One would think we are not yet civilized.  I am pleased that exposure by the media and dedication by those who volunteer for this cause, has brought this issue to the forefront. I share the same emotion of anger that Martina Holguin mentioned in the Optic’s story.

  • Speak up for Land and Water Conservation Fund

    By Cassandra Miller

  • A special gift from Walt Disney

    The recent PBS program on the life of Walt Disney was a real and fun surprise that I watched. Sweet Brother Bill and I grew up with Mickey Mouse, way back in the late 1940s.

  • Thumbs 9-25-15


  • Energy issues in the Southwest

    When it comes to energy production in New Mexico, there’s no place like the southeastern corner of the state.
    It’s not just the oil patch. The Permian Basin, which stretches across southwestern Texas into southeastern New Mexico, certainly has vast amounts of oil and natural gas available for extraction, but that’s not the only energy-related industry in these parts. There’s also a corridor of activity that’s critical to the nation’s nuclear industry.

  • Absentee officials

    Imagine a job where you’re paid top dollar, and you continue to receive your paychecks regardless of whether you show up for work.
    New Mexico elected officials don’t have to imagine it because that’s exactly the kind of jobs they have. It’s particularly troubling because elected officials tend to be among the highest paid individuals in our state.

  • A bumper-to-bumper crop

    “Well, the traffic was bumper to bumper on the way to Santa Fe.” “There was practically a traffic jam with so many people parked by the side of the road, they almost needed a traffic cop.”

  • Kudos to Highlands

    Gov. Susana Martinez was at Highlands University last week to highlight the innovative things the university is doing to try to boost its low graduation rate.
    The attention is well deserved.
    In an effort to get students to complete their degrees more quickly, Highlands is offering a $1,000 check to each member of the freshman class who completes a bachelor’s degree within four years. Regents also promised members of the freshman class that their tuition will not go up by more than six percent per year for the first four years that they are enrolled.