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Today's Opinions

  • Our Watershed - Natural processes and the human impact

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

    The atmosphere and climate play a huge role in our water supply, but typically we cannot control the rain. The land is also critical and it is within our power to influence. We are the stewards of the land, our actions can support the land so it can provide us with the things we need.

  • Sheriff Garza should go

    Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza is doing a disservice to his community by remaining in office. Not only are questions still lingering about the altercation he and then-deputy Lee Allingham had last year over a suspected DWI case, but now Garza has the state Attorney General’s office coming after him — with felony charges, no less.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 6, 2013
  • Work of Art - Is New Mexico missing again?

    A popular, long-lived feature in New Mexico Magazine is called “One of Our 50 is Missing.”

    It’s a collection of anecdotes submitted by readers whose state got short-changed by some non-New Mexican.

    In this “Missing” column, you’ll read, for example, about a flatland tourister visiting this state and expecting to pay in pesos rather than dollars, or of some phone rep, trapped in a cube somewhere, who tells the New Mexico caller that the company doesn’t ship to foreign countries.

    You get the picture.

  • Calling the roll

    And the mudslinging continues, though it should be no surprise. When it comes to running Luna Community College, politics is the rule rather than an exception, so why should the Board of Trustees elections be any different?

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 4, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Name dropping, Part 2

    The Optic is bigger than any one person. It’s an institution in Las Vegas — one that’s critical to the community’s life and livelihood.

    This institution, however, is run by people whose collective contribution to our product has been a source of great pride for me, since I’ve had the honor of being at the helm for more than eight years.

  • Turn off the bus, you’re polluting

    I was horrified on Feb. 21 at about 8:45 to see a West Las Vegas Dons school bus parked at the end of Old Santa Fe Trail next to La Fonda, with its engine running for at least 30 minutes.

    It stank up the entire neighborhood with that sickening smell of diesel exhaust, and at first I  thought it was some industrial chemical smell, the kind you might get in Detroit or Chicago.

    No wonder we have such a high dropout rate for high school students in New Mexico, if they have to even occasionally breathe such toxic  exhaust.