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Today's Opinions

  • Reason takes a back seat

    After the U.S. Senate defeated several measures to expand gun control on Wednesday, Lori Haas and Patricia Maisch, who were sitting in the Senate gallery, shouted “Shame on you.”

    We echo that sentiment.

    Haas’ daughter was shot at Virginia Tech and Patricia Maisch survived the mass shooting in Arizona, according to the New York Times.

  • Another Perspective - Time to tackle state’s challenges

    The social, economic and environmental challenges facing New Mexico are daunting, and while we made progress during the recently concluded legislative session to overcome them, it is imperative that all of us — policymakers and “ordinary” New Mexicans alike — redouble our efforts this summer and fall to turn New Mexico around.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 19, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! TERRORIST ATTACK COWARDLY

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 19, 2013
  • Saddened by personal attack

    I was deeply saddened with the ignorance and lack of awareness displayed by Mayor (Alfonso) Ortiz and Las Vegas City Attorney David Romero in their efforts to attack me personally on the issue concerning my signature on the notice of intent to recall.

    My life has always been an open book. I don’t ask anyone to worship me, nor have I ever claimed to be a saint. I paid my dues to society, and I am not ashamed of my conviction. I was a political prisoner of war.

  • Postpone recall effort

    I read the story concerning the effort to recall Mayor Ortiz and wish to express my concern.

    While I am no great fan of the mayor, the recall process is a very serious step which should be reserved for removing a person guilty of illegal acts. It is very expensive when the city cannot afford the cost. It is disruptive to the city administration and the city as a whole taking time away from other important matters.

  • City dangerous for pedestrians

    I would like to bring attention to the extraordinarily dangerous situation concerning pedestrians and bicyclists in our town. As a pedestrian who walks nearly every day, and a bicyclist who is frankly too afraid to ride anymore, I can honestly say we take our lives in our own hands.

    That the city has so negligently let the crosswalk markings become so faded is inexcusable. If funding is available for large raises for administrators, it seems the city should easily afford a little white wash for the streets.

  • Obama should curtail expenses

    In the Thumbs section of the 29 March edition of the Optic comment was made about the possible loss of funding for the Mora-Colfax Head Start program. Rather than demonizing “our elected officials,” I suggest each voter attempt to write and contact President Obama and Vice President Biden to curtail just a portion of their vacation and travel expenses.