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Today's Opinions

  • Torres may have the best approach

    Maybe Josephine Torres has found the answer to the problem of excessive DUIs in northern New Mexico. She is suing Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza for failing to protect the public from drunk drivers.

    When you read in the Optic that so-in-so has been arrested for his 9th, 10th, even 11th, DUI, you have to wonder why this keeps happening here. You don’t see this in other parts of the nation, where these chronic offenders would have long since had their vehicles impounded and been thrown in prison.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 14, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! A VERY BAD DOZEN. Jose R. Griego, 65, who lives along Anton Chico Route, is facing his 12th DWI after being arrested nearly two weeks ago. Police reported that he was driving on a revoked license and without insurance, and that he failed to stay in his lane on NM 283, where he was pulled over and arrested.
    Fortunately, he didn’t hurt or kill anyone, this time around. And thankfully, he’s off the road, at least for a while.

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler was ubiquitous provocateur

    Russ Kistler was not entirely preoccupied with race issues and division, and his Optic reported in earnest on virtually every local activity, though mostly about East Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Dec. 14, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - Dec. 14, 2012
  • Human Rights Day

    Where does the U.S. stand on human rights? While we can point to improvements in some areas, rights are too often ignored or attacked by the politicians we have elected to govern our country.

    During our recent unenlightening political campaign, the most important human rights issue of our time was never seriously mentioned: global warming and climate change.

  • Factual sources about fracking

    (Regarding Frank Splendoria’s letter published Nov. 30): I did not provide any sources regarding the reasons I support a ban on fracking because, in the Google age, anyone can “fact check” anything — as we know from the recent presidential debates. Of course, not everyone owns a computer or is computer savvy, so I respect your expressed openness to an honest discussion about the proven toxic legacy of fracking.

  • Clearing up ‘misinformation’

    In the Optic of Nov. 21, Mr. John Bemis, a former oil and gas employee, claimed: “There is so much misinformation about oil and gas that it’s our job to get the facts out ...” and then proceeded to give quite a bit of misinformation of his own.