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Today's Opinions

  • You can’t assign someone to care

    Editorial

    Caring — specifically about how well public servants are serving their fellow New Mexicans and if our tax dollars are being used wisely and according to established laws and rules — can’t be taught to anyone.

    It’s an innate interest and enthusiasm that comes from wanting the best for every student, every citizen and every visitor to the area. That kind of caring is one of the many attributes Mercy López-Acosta brought to the Optic during her seven-year stint as a full-time reporter and features editor.

  • A new chapter has started

    Showing Mercy — By MercyLópez-Acosta

    My time at the Optic has come to a close.

    Since my return to the Optic nearly seven years ago, I have written hundreds of articles, taken thousands of photos, and spent countless hours meeting and talking to people. My work has been seen in edition after edition.

    But as of Wednesday, it came to halt as I have since resigned as features editor of the Las Vegas Optic.

  • Stories connecting at this very moment

    Just a thought — By Rick Kraft

    In your life may you positively impact the lives of others you never meet in places you have never been. What is your story? You didn’t just wake up today after being dropped here from a distant planet.

    Where you are today on the path of life is a result of what happened yesterday, the day before, the day before, and so on. I will walk out on a limb and say that where you are today is no accident.

  • Saying no to straws can be a tiny step

    Beth Speaks for Herself — By Beth Urech 

    When I ask for water in a restaurant, I say politely, “Please don’t bring me a straw.”

    More than 50 percent of the time, the server returns with a straw sticking right there in the glass of water. Hardly anyone listens carefully nowadays. Do you agree?

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 8. 2017

    UP:BACK ON THE WINNING SIDE

    It took a 47-yard field goal by kicker Luke Jones and some strong second-half defense to help put the Highlands University Cowboys back on the winning side. The 23-22 victory for the local crew is welcome news following a 12-loss skid that stretched back to Nov. 7, 2015.

  • Houston, we all have a problem; a huge one

    If ever there was a time to convert to science, this is the moment.

    Hurricane Harvey and the incredible flooding it caused should be reason enough to start believing that global warming is more than a Chinese hoax, as President Trump has said. Like it or not, we had best get ready for a future filled with extreme weather.

  • Editorial Cartoon — Sept. 8, 2017

    Editorial Cartoon — Sept. 8, 2017

  • Monument removal requires order

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    The recent violent conflict in Charlottesville, Va. has reignited an old, ongoing debate: How appropriate are public displays that commemorate the Confederacy?

    Some have attempted to answer the question in a most inappropriate way: by taking matters into their own hands -- tearing down statues and defacing monuments. That’s vandalism and mob rule.