Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Mil Gracias - May 28, 2012

    Our community came together in joyous and energetic celebration on May 12 to honor our Gallinas Watershed and the people that work to keep it healthy.

    Such an outpouring of support for the Gallinas community and efforts to care for our watershed was heartening to see.  

    We’d like to express a great big thanks to everyone in the community who came, especially the six teams that participated in the Watershed Olympic games; the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watershed teams, the West Las Vegas, Highlands University and United World College teams.  

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 25, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GREAT ECLIPSE. At first it looked as if it might be a big letdown, with a Sunday night cloud cover blocking the first eclipse since 1994. But then the clouds moved out of the way and viewers got all they hoped for — a spectacular view of the moon passing in front of the sun.
    It was a great celestial show, well worth watching.  Can’t wait for the next one — in 2023.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 25, 2012