Today's Opinions

  • Grateful for a wonderful pageant

    I just wanted to take a moment and thank the City of Las Vegas for their warm welcome and support that I received last weekend. It has been an honor to represent San Miguel County and I am looking forward to having a positive impact on the community.  My platform is “New Mexico: Go Green” and I enjoy spreading the message of recycling. 

  • West teachers should take exam

    Teachers, I’d like to challenge you. I’m a parent of a junior at West Las Vegas High School. Juniors were scheduled to take the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) Exam on March 27 through March 29. I understand that this exam is college based (level) in comparison to what was required in the past years. Which was based on eight-grade level curriculum. I have a major concern that most of these students are highly unprepared due to teachers not focusing on preparing these students.

  • Reforms on the line

    We admit to losing enthusiasm for President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, even though it’s the first bit of substantive health care reform to be enacted in decades. The nation’s health care system needs an overhaul, but when the administration caved to pressure and dropped the public option in 2009, we felt a pang of discontent with everything that passed thereafter.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 28, 2012
  • Work of Art - Caucasian and light-skinned

    The rage is palpable. Remember the casting call from an out-of-state agency that sought only “Caucasians or light-skinned Hispanics”? Anger has gone viral.

    To review: On Location Casting posted on its website a solicitation for “real families.” The website listed desirable qualities among the applicants, but the light-skinned requirement set people off.
    What were the talent scouts thinking?

  • More bad judgment

    The saga of LeeEtte and Jay Quintana continues, only this time it’s taking place in Mora, where Mrs. Quintana now works as a principal. There, at Mora Elementary School, she brought her husband, an accused child  sex offender, on campus for an after-school activity. Not surprisingly, the backlash has been severe.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 26, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The root of all ...

    Money. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, because I don’t have enough of it.

    Oh, I know, you think I shouldn’t complain because I’m paid the big bucks to run the Optic. And, yes, I know I should be thankful for my seven-figure salary — I just wish those seven digits didn’t include the two to the right of the decimal point.

    Still, unlike a lot of people, I’m fortunate to have all the necessities of life.