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Today's Opinions

  • On eve of elections, thoughts on education

    … I once did a study on how teamwork affects children, and I recall a little example I found in a science book. Science has discovered about why geese flying south along a river fly along in a “V” formation. As each bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation the whole flock adds at least 71 percent better flying range than if a bird flew on its own.

  • Tale of two presidents

    Last week, two presidential contracts were approved by the governing bodies of Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University. Luna President Pete Campos got a one-year extension to his contract and Highlands President Jim Fries has three more years. Campos is good through June 2014 and Fries through June 2016.

    It’s no surprise there were stark differences between the public discussions about and the decisions made regarding each of their contracts. Campos and Fries are very different people, as are their bosses’ politics.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 30, 2012
  • Work of Art - Picking Sunday’s winner

    How much do you think Sunday’s Super Bowl commercials on TV will cost? The latest figures show close to $4 million for a 30-second spot and about $8 million for a full minute.

    That comes out to about $126,666 a second. That’s Donald Trump-like money. By contrast — and inflation is a big factor here — a 30-second commercial cost $42,000 back in the late 1960s, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • Shame on the EPA

    Did you catch the Associated Press story out of Weatherford, Texas, on Page 2 of our Jan. 21 edition? It’s a frightening story for anyone who lives near a hydraulic fracturing operation, partly because of the potential contamination to their water supply, but also because it suggests that you can’t trust the government to stand firm and do its job even when the health and safety of your family is at stake.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 28, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Coming down the Gallinas

    If you’ve never attended one of the quarterly Gallinas Partnership meetings at Highlands University, I encourage you to do so. I attended my first one a couple of Fridays back — admittedly because I was on the agenda — and found it interesting and educational.

    About 50 people showed up for this particular meeting, which included four sets of speakers beginning with wildlife officials Rob Larrañaga and Debbie Pike talking about the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge east of town and the relatively new Rio Mora refuge in Mora County.

  • Insulted by editorial cartoon

    I’m very displeased and insulted on the inaccuracy of that editorial cartoon published in the LV Optic on Jan. 18. First and foremost, my heart goes out to the people who lost their lives in the Connecticut slaughter and other victims of violence done by the very few mentally unstable people. One person dead, is way too many people dead.