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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 31, 2013
  • Release the audit

    If you’ve watched television newscasts or picked up a newspaper over the last month, then chances are you know about the audit commissioned by the Human Services Department.

    Boston-based auditors looked into the billing practices of 15 New Mexico behavioral health programs, and they reportedly found an estimated $36 million in improper payments. Allegations of fake billing, potential shell companies and CEO’s improperly getting rich off Medicaid funds are flying.

  • Work of Art — Sweet mice for sale

    Anyone who tries to learn a new language soon comes across words that are cognates, by definition, words that stem from the same source, as the German “ist” and the English “is.”

  • Is higher ed in NM failing?

    New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Jose Garcia sounded the alarm last week, saying that the state’s higher education system is failing its citizens.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 29, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Fight for rights will succeed

    "Pro-Life and Pro-Choice are very much alike,” wrote Frank Splendoria in his Another Perspective in the July 8 Optic. It’s odd when the two groups are seen as polar opposites. But then I saw something new: Both groups care deeply about a woman in these circumstances. “Pregnant and Scared?” reads the Zoe Pregnancy Center sign on the corner of 8th and Friedman streets.

  • Mil Gracias - July 29, 2013

    Members of the Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run Committee wish to express our thanks to the many who have so generously supported this event both this year and frequently in an ongoing manner. Specifically, our volunteers, many of whom show up at 6 a.m., spend hours in the sun, and are so vital to our success.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 26, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! OUR LADY OF SORROWS BURGLARIES
    You know you’ve hit rock bottom when you’re breaking into a church rectory and stealing from a priest. Documents filed in Magistrate Court this week allege that a Las Vegas man broke into the Our Lady of Sorrows rectory twice last week and made off with a laptop computer, DVD player and a number of other household items that belong to the Rev. Douglas Mitchell. One family member of the suspect told police that the suspect has a drug problem and needs help.

    THUMBS UP! A TOAST TO THE TRAIN ROBBERS