Today's Opinions

  • High court will step in

    The state Supreme Court has finally decided to take up the issue of same-sex marriage in New Mexico. It’s about time.
    The high court agreed Friday to hold a hearing on Oct. 23 to hear arguments in the case. The decision came after all 33 county clerks in the state petitioned the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue.
    As it now stands, eight New Mexico counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while the remaining 25 are not.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 9, 2013
  • Just a Thought - Inspirational quotes

    We live in interesting times. Times that mankind has never experienced before. Do you ever wonder why you were born into this time?

    It seems like every day I receive numerous e-mails in my “Inbox” and I have no idea why I am receiving them. Although most of them are “nonsense,” sometime a few months ago I must have clicked a button somewhere that causes me to regularly receive “Inspirational Quotes.” One day they just started coming in and they have continued to be sent to me ever since.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 6, 2013


  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 6, 2013
  • Bad schools hurting our community

    I have just read, in one sitting, an entire summer’s worth of Optics. It was a totally dispiriting endeavor. This is not an indictment of Optic content, but of what is occurring in our community.

    The most damning stories, for me, are those chronicling the nonsense that passes for administration and management at Las Vegas City Schools. It defies logic that the two principals whose schools’ grades approach reasonable performance standards per the State of New Mexico are the two that have been RIFed.

  • Reader favors merger of LCC, HU

    I was happy to read that Sen. (John Arthur) Smith is recommending the merger of Luna Community College and Highlands University.

    The past events at LCC have been nothing but controversial. The CEO has done nothing but supply pork to the school only to maintain his position. Yes he is leaving but he has done little to nothing to move the college forward.

    Mr. (Abelino) Montoya has only added to the problems by refusing to work with his fellow elected trustees. This is nothing more than politics as usual in the area.

  • Tale of two cities must end

    I do not disagree with (Joe McCaffrey’s column), and I hope he does not get lumped in with the rest of us “extreme radicals” for voicing his concerns and suggestions toward the different issues impacting our fair city.

    The emphasis on the “fracking” issue is well warranted, but in no way addresses the many concerns the disenfranchised in our community are facing daily.