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Today's Opinions

  • You can run from sopaipillas for only so long

    By Jason W. Brooks, Optic Editor

    When I left the Land of Enchantment on a cold, windy day in February 2013, Las Vegas was my last stop for food and snacks. Now, it’s my destination.

    After 12 years in New Mexico, I decided to leave behind the land of red chile chicken stuffed sopaipillas for a more diverse climate and other newspaper opportunities.

  • Another Perspective:

    It doesn’t take long in northern New Mexico to see the signs of a sluggish economy. Local businesses are closing, and empty storefronts dot our main streets all too often. I have always devoted my efforts to improving the economy of northeastern New Mexico.

    I’m always happy, then, to see new construction, and I’m very happy to report that Las Vegas and San Miguel County can look forward to over $45 million in new construction from capital outlay projects over the next couple of years.

    These projects include:

  • Just a Thought: There’s always someone who can do it better

    By Rick Kraft

    Many people live their lives looking to their left and right so much that it is amazing they don’t get a very sore neck.

    What we need to be doing is looking forward. That is why God put eyes on the front of our head. In other words, there is a reason God did not give us eyes on our left or right, nor did He put eyes on the back of our heads.

    People who are continually looking left and right will not accomplish what they need to be accomplishing in this world.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - May 19, 2017

    THUMBS DOWN! TOO MUCH WASTE

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 19, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Small-town graduates will leave; a few will come back

    About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye.

    The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young men and women will be staying in or returning to their hometown, simply because the opportunities they seek aren’t there.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My first college graduation

    By Beth Urech

    Don’t get me wrong. I graduated from college, but I didn’t attend the ceremony.

    That’s why my first graduation was at Highlands University on Saturday, May 13, 2017. As I entered the Wilson Complex, families were parading in. All dressed up. Little girls in party dresses with hair elegantly braided. Little boys in white shirts and new combat boots.

  • What are we honoring?

    The following editorial was published in the New York Times on May 9.

    The Confederate-flag-waving white supremacist who murdered nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church two years ago made it impossible to evade the fact that the banner — and Confederate ideology generally — had been a rallying point for white supremacy and racial terrorism for more than 100 years.