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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Martinez and Veeder outfoxed HU opponents

    As the 13th session of the Territorial legislature opened in January 1893, education was foremost on the minds of many New Mexicans.

  • Our Watershed - The people of the Gallinas Canyon

    Editor’s note: This is the third 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.

    Although it has changed through the years, a deep relationship with the land has been felt by the residents and visitors of the Gallinas Canyon. The stories are rich and varied, with many of them rooted in the land, water, fish and wildlife that have been so important to those with a history in the Gallinas Watershed.

  • No more tethering

    After a year, the city of Las Vegas is ready to mount a campaign of sorts — to get dogs off their leashes while still properly controlled. And so far, we like the approach the city is taking.

  • Work of Art - Love, hate: It’s about time

    We’d been only about four hours into Daylight Saving (not Savings) Time when Bonnie asked her perennial question: “What time is it?”

    “It’s 6 o’clock,” I answered, barely awake. “No! I’m asking you what time is it really?” Oh, I get it. “Really” doesn’t refer to the time on the clocks, which I had spent ages dutifully resetting to synchronize with DST, early last Sunday; “really” really refers to the time is was before that back-breaking clock-resetting period hours before.

  • Sad ending, self-inflicted

    The forced resignation of Eugenio S. Mathis as district judge was a sad but necessary ending to an otherwise impressive 20-year career on the bench. On Feb. 28, the New Mexico Supreme Court signed off on an agreement that required he step down from his 4th Judicial District position and never again hold a judicial office in the state.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 11, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Where a misfit might just fit

    First, let’s clear up a rumor. The Optic is not going to close. That makes no sense. Since I’ve been running this newspaper, we’ve ended every year in the black, always with a positive profit margin, and I’d be willing to wager that’s been the case every year since Russell Kistler printed the first edition in 1879.

    But let’s not start this farewell column there. Instead, return with me to when another esteemed newspaper did close. Oct. 18, 1991. That was the day the Gray Old Lady died.

  • Letters, columnists Optic highlights

    I agree that the letters to the editor are the most interesting part of this or almost any other newspaper (Editor’s Note, Feb. 25), and I hope and trust they will keep flowing as the Optic transitions to new management.

    I also appreciate Art Trujillo’s clever and interesting columns, and Jesus Lopez’ local histories — both excellent — and hope both will continue as well.

    Lopez’ historical interviews are now posted on a website, www.LasVegasNMHistory.com

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas