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Today's Opinions

  • Trained to take pride, be tough

    We served and we were deployed all over the world and prisoners of war in concentration camps.


    We were trained to deal with (being) POWs. Yes, it was covered as part of your basic training, and it went beyond just saying your name rank and serial number. You were taught, you’re trained, to maintain pride and dignity and respect for your country. You’re an American soldier; never sell yourself short; always be tough.
    Juan A. Fresquez
    Las Vegas
     

  • Mora clerk does outstanding work

    On Nov. 2, I had the honor of being part of the tabulation for the absentee and early voting at the Mora County Clerk’s Office.


    Besides working alongside some fantastic and honest others, locked in a room for seven-plus hours, I had a rare chance to observe the complicated and hard work that our county clerk, JoAnn Salas, and her excellent team of employees do during an election process.

  • Boiling mad at Richardson

    My family, my friends, all my relatives are disgusted and boiling mad with Gov. Bill Richardson.
    It’s hard to believe how he has ruined our state and Democratic Party. What gall and shamelessness the man has. (Que sin vergueza.)
    We come from a lifelong line of Democrats. We returned to New Mexico about two years ago and it’s so sad to see what he has done. The man thinks that people are stupid. Let’s look at a sampling of what he has done.
    He sent us Manny Aragon to run Highlands University. Aragon is now in prison.

  • Don’t be blind in supporting our troops

    Civilians often don’t realize that each ribbon worn on the uniform of military men and women means something.


    I wore the Marine Corps Combat Action ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with frame, Vietnamese Campaign Medal with give stars, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (five awards), National Defense Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

  • Judge Hern with his maker now

  • Gaza Monologues were powerful

    I went to the United World College on Oct. 17 to attend a theater event called The Gaza Monologues. These are stories written by Palestinian children.
    As a Jewish woman, I wasn’t sure how I would react. Much to my surprise, I found myself in tears.
    The Nat Gold Players, the students from Highlands University and students from UWC were excellent in their performances.
    The extraordinary writings of those children living in a war zone, watching relatives die, bombs all around them, not having food and/or shelter, made me weep.

  • ‘Leaders’ showed their true colors

    An open letter to area students:
    The recent election showed many of our true colors. The behavior displayed by our politicos was less than exemplary in many cases. I hope the youth of our area can see through the actions of our “leaders” and maintain your own sense of fair play.
    Administrators, teachers, professors, regents, etc. may have displayed actions reminiscent of the mantra: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

  • Don’t denigrate your constituents

    I am writing in response to several of the San Miguel County commissioners’ comments in regard to the low-fly proposal as reported in the Optic on Nov. 12.  The fact the commission chose to vote in favor of the proposal is fine.  


    That decision is supported by many county residents. However, it was not necessary in so many words to question the patriotism of those who disagree with you. Patriotism takes many forms. Nor is it necessary to mock those who offer opposing arguments.