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Today's Opinions

  • An apology to Thomas Garcia

    I wish to retract a part of the letter I submitted entitled “Garcia snubs Mora band.” While Mr. Garcia did not rise with everyone else, he did quietly ask the young man where the ribbon should be displayed, and the young man informed him that it went in a certain display case, and that he would put it there, whereupon Mr. Garcia handed it back. This exchange was very quiet, and so not heard by most in the room.

  • CASA needs, deserves support

    First I would like to express my gratitude for the continued and unwavering support of the CASA program by the Optic. At its very inception, the Optic printed a front page article resulting from an interview of the executive director of the program. Secondly I would like to encourage anyone who have an interest in helping children, to consider the CASA program as a way to contribute to the wellbeing of abused and neglected children.

  • Nuestra Historia - Highlands’ Eyring left office in his chair

    We conclude our myth, legend or fact series with the bizarre departure of a Highlands University president 60 years ago.

    On Nov. 23, 1951, the Highlands University board of regents fired university president Edward Eyring, who had served in that position since 1939. Eyring had apparently served well for more than a decade, but in the last year had become erratic, according to the board.

  • Nuestra Historia - Highlands’ Eyring left office in his chair

    We conclude our myth, legend or fact series with the bizarre departure of a Highlands University president 60 years ago.

    On Nov. 23, 1951, the Highlands University board of regents fired university president Edward Eyring, who had served in that position since 1939. Eyring had apparently served well for more than a decade, but in the last year had become erratic, according to the board.

  • Forests to Faucets: Connecting the dots after the wildfires

    Editor’s note: This is the first of two columns by Egan.

    From the Track, the Pacheco Canyon and the Las Conchas fires in the northern part of the state to the Miller, Quail Ridge, and Ruidoso Downs fires in the state’s southern tier, New Mexico is emerging from its most severe wildfire season ever. Given prevailing climate patterns, it is generally believed that a season like the one we just experienced will be more the norm than an exception.  

  • ‘As one community’

    Members of the East and West school boards are to be commended for their comments last week in support of consolidating Las Vegas’ two school districts.

    Their words nudged the community toward a renewed discussion about what’s best for the city and its schools.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 16, 2011
  • Work of Art: An internal optometrist

    Is there a chance Americans just don’t read as much as they used to? And if they do, have their reading habits and choice of material changed significantly? And can we count the texting-pecking exchanges on iPhone keyboards as reading?
    I ask this question earnestly. At the moment I don’t have access to data to verify or contradict what I believe. In this case, I’m just asking.

    A Highlands professor I really respect, back in the days when we used to eat dinosaurs, Elmer Schooley, made a believer of me.