Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 7, 2011
  • Holidays with the Optic

    Time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays — to give thanks, wish for peace on earth and goodwill to all, and maybe get a cool gift or two. Then we’ll turn the corner on a new year, with an adios to the old and hola on the new — hoping and praying for a  tomorrow that will be even better than the days before.

    Here at the Optic, we’re planning several things. First, I’ll provide an overview, then I’ll tell you how you can participate.

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    Here’s what we have planned:

  • Support strong for local theatres

    We the board members of the Nat Gold Players would like to publicly thank the Plaza Hotel.  The Nat Gold Players were in the middle of rehearsal for “Agnes of God” to be produced in mid-November, and our new youth group, Clearly Confused Productions, was in rehearsal for its first play to be produced in December when we lost access to our regular rehearsal space. The owners and managers of the Plaza Hotel stepped up and offered rehearsal space for both of the productions at no cost to our groups, and they have also offered space for the production of Agnes of God.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up! SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS. Refinancing a bank loan to buy additional property can be a good deal, but in the case of the Highlands University Foundation, it was even better because it freed up more than $120,000 a year in student scholarship money. The foundation bought 1.25 acres of prime real estate next to its Rio Rancho campus, and in doing so, struck a favorable financing deal with the Bank of Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 4, 2011
  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 4, 2011
  • Tiny, Joe, the monkey and the moon

    It was 1976, and Joseph M. Montoya was seeking his third term to the U.S. Senate. The quintessential politician, Montoya was becoming a powerful senator, and had served on the select Senate Watergate Committee which investigated the Nixon White House. (President Richard M. Nixon  resigned from office Aug. 9, 1974, the only president in history to do so.)  

  • Some protesters just hate America

    I was amused by the list of all of the consequences that will, or might occur, as a result of the proposed low-flight training by the Air Force in the area.

    Local activists were able to hustle 150 people to protest the Air Force plans for said training with such excuses that it will hurt our water supply, contaminate our land with spilled fuel and scare animals. Being stationed at a fighter base in a war zone during the Korean War, I’d rather have friendly low-flying aircraft over my head than enemy aircraft.