Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - Joys of ocean cruises

    THE NORTH ATLANTIC — On one of our across-the-Atlantic flights to visit our son Stan, his wife and children, we noticed several passengers who had positioned themselves in the middle seat of the middle row. My wife and I had been content with our seat assignment, a window seat and the one next to it.

  • Mil Gracias - July 25, 2012

    Members of the Gallegos family celebrated the 105th birthday of their matriarch, Rosita M. Gallegos, in June. Her favorite Mexican foods were served. Pereece Gallegos baked two beautiful cakes for her grandmother. Thank you, Pereece.

    Vida Encantada Nursing Home also provided a large birthday cake for the occasion. The family would like to thank them also. Vida Encantada provided their dining room for the family to meet. It was appreciated by everyone as Rose has a large family.

  • Policing Highlands

    Accusations of poor management against the Highlands University police department and its chief, Donato Sena, have been percolating for some time now, and while we’re not inclined to jump into the middle of the “personnel matters” they’re coming from, we do think that some further explanation is in order.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 23, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A ‘flipped classroom’

    There’s so much that can be said about the state of our schools in Las Vegas. Controversy surrounds them at every turn. The recent school grades, the four-day school week, consolidation — seems there’s always something to wring our hands over when it comes to preparing our children for the future.

  • Must get to causes of multiple DUIs

    “Baby dies after DUI crash” (June 18); “Local man facing 7th DUI charge” (June 11).  Front page news in the Optic last month, but what comes next?  Will we be seeing Mr. Sena  and Mr. Hernandez in the headlines next month? After a seventh DUI charge, it seems the eighth and ninth are soon to be made.

  • Viewpoints
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 20, 2012

    THUMBS UP - NEW FOR THE ELDERLY ... Meadows Home Skilled Nursing Facility, part of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, is opening its doors with the completion of its 36-bed first phase of construction. The nearly 50,000-square-foot facility includes semi-private rooms and a visitation area, dining rooms and courtyards, a salon, a library and a small store for its residents. And with two more construction phases planned, the Meadows will be growing. This modern facility replaces the state hospital’s two other nursing facilities, which were built in 1948 and 1955.