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Today's Opinions

  • Action needed on climate change

    I spent my childhood outside, splashing around the river near my dirt road driveway and exploring every inch of the nearby hills trying to catch horned toads and other small critters.

    Unfortunately, in just 19 short years the environment has changed before my eyes. The river has dried up, the scrub oaks that sprinkled the hills have died, and the little critters that used to be abundant are now a rarity.

  • Mil gracias - Aug. 2, 2013

    I’m writing to express my appreciation for the excellent care I received at the Pecos Valley Medical Center during my recent stay at the Pecos and Santa Fe area.

    I developed a boil in my neck that became severely infected over the July 4 extended weekend. By the time I visited the clinic the boil had become badly infected.

    Fortunately, I was admitted to the clinic as a Medicare patient. Soon, a team of people ushered me into a treatment room, where I received immediate attention.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 31, 2013
  • Release the audit

    If you’ve watched television newscasts or picked up a newspaper over the last month, then chances are you know about the audit commissioned by the Human Services Department.

    Boston-based auditors looked into the billing practices of 15 New Mexico behavioral health programs, and they reportedly found an estimated $36 million in improper payments. Allegations of fake billing, potential shell companies and CEO’s improperly getting rich off Medicaid funds are flying.

  • Work of Art — Sweet mice for sale

    Anyone who tries to learn a new language soon comes across words that are cognates, by definition, words that stem from the same source, as the German “ist” and the English “is.”

  • Is higher ed in NM failing?

    New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Jose Garcia sounded the alarm last week, saying that the state’s higher education system is failing its citizens.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 29, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Fight for rights will succeed

    "Pro-Life and Pro-Choice are very much alike,” wrote Frank Splendoria in his Another Perspective in the July 8 Optic. It’s odd when the two groups are seen as polar opposites. But then I saw something new: Both groups care deeply about a woman in these circumstances. “Pregnant and Scared?” reads the Zoe Pregnancy Center sign on the corner of 8th and Friedman streets.