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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 28, 2012
  • Work of Art - Caucasian and light-skinned

    The rage is palpable. Remember the casting call from an out-of-state agency that sought only “Caucasians or light-skinned Hispanics”? Anger has gone viral.

    To review: On Location Casting posted on its website a solicitation for “real families.” The website listed desirable qualities among the applicants, but the light-skinned requirement set people off.
    What were the talent scouts thinking?

  • More bad judgment

    The saga of LeeEtte and Jay Quintana continues, only this time it’s taking place in Mora, where Mrs. Quintana now works as a principal. There, at Mora Elementary School, she brought her husband, an accused child  sex offender, on campus for an after-school activity. Not surprisingly, the backlash has been severe.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 26, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The root of all ...

    Money. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, because I don’t have enough of it.

    Oh, I know, you think I shouldn’t complain because I’m paid the big bucks to run the Optic. And, yes, I know I should be thankful for my seven-figure salary — I just wish those seven digits didn’t include the two to the right of the decimal point.

    Still, unlike a lot of people, I’m fortunate to have all the necessities of life.

  • Preparing for wildfire season

    As we enter the 2012 New Mexico wildfire season — one that could be as devastating as last year’s, the most severe on record — it’s important for landowners in the Gallinas and neighboring watersheds to understand that, while the state has jurisdiction over fire suppression on private lands, no public agency has jurisdiction over or responsibility for post-wildfire rehabilitation work on private lands.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - March 23, 2012

    THUMBS UP! BACK TO MAKING FILMS. After a revamping of the city’s film ordinance, which regulates what filmmakers can and can’t do in Las Vegas, crews are back in town. Over the past few days crews have been busy transforming Bridge Street façades for a CBS pilot about Ralph Lamb, a larger-than-life Las Vegas, Nev., sheriff from the 1960s and ‘70s. Shooting is planned for April 3-4 and, meanwhile, some good old-fashion money is being spent here in the original Vegas.

  • Nuestra Historia - Founders met to draft state’s constitution

    It had been 60 long years since New Mexico became an American territory, following four years of U.S. military occupation after Kearny’s invasion in 1846. On June 20, 1910, at 1:40 p.m., with the stroke of his pen, President Taft enabled New Mexico to become the 47th American state.