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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Judge Leahy, Carl Magee and Sec Romero

    It was Friday, June 22, 1923, at 4:13 in the afternoon, when a jury returned a verdict against Carl C. Magee, editor and publisher of the Albuquerque Tribune — finding him guilty of criminal libel.

    Surrounded by the most capable lawyers in New Mexico, Magee stood before the court, as District Judge David J. Leahy sentenced the publisher to a year in jail.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - June 8, 2012

    The New York Post on Romney’s private equity role (June 2) — The Obama campaign’s continual carping about Mitt Romney’s role at private-equity firm Bain Capital continues to earn excoriating reviews.

    And not just from Romney backers, but from Obama’s own pals — among them a Democratic icon and two top officeholders.

    Former President Bill Clinton had this to offer: “I don’t think that we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work. This is good work. ...

  • A tough hit for the Plaza

    There’s no getting around the fact that the Plaza Hotel’s impending descent into receivership is tough news for Las Vegas and its economy, but it may not turn out as bad as it might seem at this moment. First off, there’s no indication that the hotel will cease to operate. Plus, there’s a realistic possibility that it will make a rebound in the months and years ahead.

  • Work of Art - Girls are smarter, aren’t they?

    Girls are smarter than boys, aren’t they? It depends on who’s asking and who’s being asked. My experience is that the first person to ask is considered “right.”

    Let me explain:

    Back in my childhood, I believed that girls were smarter. Why? Well, because they raised their hands faster when Sister Mary Muy Catolica of Immaculate Conception School would ask, for example, “Who knows the first commandment?”

  • Voting at your convenience

    Now there’s one less excuse for not voting. On Tuesday, registered Democrats and Republicans in San Miguel County will have the added convenience of casting their ballots at any one of four “convenience centers” to be set up at West Las Vegas High School’s Gillie Lopez Gym, Robertson High School’s Mike Marr Gym, the Valley Junior High School gym and the Pecos High School gym.

  • Editor's Note - The primary finales

    Why, you may have asked on Friday, did the Optic editorial board feel compelled to endorse senatorial candidates in both party races, rather than just one candidate over all the others?

    I’ll tell ya, in a round-about way.

    I’m referring to our editorial endorsements of Democrat Hector Balderas and Republican Heather Wilson, who are running for their party nominations to be New Mexico’s next U.S. senator, replacing Jeff Bingaman, who opted not to run for a sixth term.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 4, 2012
  • Mil Gracias - June 4, 2012

    Casa de Cultura les da sinceras gracias a todo por atender la dedicoción del mural.

    “This is what our culture really means.” This is in a comment made by a participant at the dedication of Casa de Cultura sponsored mural, “The People’s History of El Norte.” We thank 1,000 plus citizens who attended throughout the day.  They were from many communities in New Mexico, Los Angeles, Calif., Portland, Oregon, and Colorado.