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Today's Opinions

  • Former Democratic chair endorses Leger

    Local government has become more complex. Today’s commissioners have to become familiar with complex issues and contemplate state and federal laws and mandates. County Commissioners need to be forward thinkers. They need to be able to organize a government that provides for economic growth and resource development while protecting our environment and the rights of citizens.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 30, 2012
  • Legislative selections

    Earlier this year, New Mexico’s legislative districts were redrawn, leaving two House and two Senate seats to include parts of San Miguel and Mora counties. And in all four districts there are Democratic Party contests, which will be decided next Tuesday. Following are our thoughts about each of these contests.

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  • Work of Art - Fjords, and Chevies too

    We’re booked. In late July it’ll be our turn to fly across the Atlantic to visit our son, Stanley Adam, wife Lizbeth, and daughters Ellen, 3, and June, 5 months old.

    It’s our exchange for their having flown here; they’re in Washington, D.C, visiting one of my nephews, and they were due in Albuquerque on Tuesday night, a few hours after the deadline for this column.

  • Our choices: County races

    Next week, on June 5, San Miguel County voters will cast Democratic Party ballots for three county positions, with the primary election winners essentially being elected to their respective positions. Five candidates are vying for San Miguel County treasurer while two candidates each are competing for two seats on the County Commission.

    No Republicans filed for these positions, so the winners of these three races will almost certainly be the ones to take office on Jan. 1, 2013.

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  • Editorial Cartoon - May 28, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Farewell, our David Romero

    Here’s a tribute to a great pressman, who left this past weekend for a new life in Arizona:

    David Romero had been around the Optic for years before 1997, when his stepfather, Stuart Beck, hired him to run the circulation department.

    Then tragedy struck the family- owned operation, when Beck died suddenly of a heart attack. His wife, Delia, David’s mother, took over the operation.

    “When I was publisher, he was really my right-hand man,” she said of her son. “David was always there for me.

  • ‘Trickle down’ does not work

    (In response to W.P. Brown’s letter published April 13:)

    Mormons, Muslims and some Christians consider tithing to be very important. Catholics are more concerned with the idea that we are to love God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves. God is love. We demonstrate this love by helping each other. “Whatsoever you do to these the least of my brethren that you do unto me.”

    We recognize that there are evil Democrats and good Republicans. We have no monopoly. If I do not keep the Ten Commandments, I am a liar. The Bible tells me so.