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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - Sons weren’t one bit scared

    On a particularly scary Halloween night, I darkened our living room and turned on a radio to prepare to be scared out of my wits. Of course, my two older sons, 7 and 10 at the time, were part of the mix, as was the then-1-year-old, Ben, even if he couldn’t yet follow the plot.

    Let me explain:

  • Bond issues good deals

    Bond A would provide a little more than $10.3 million for capital expenditures for senior centers around the state.

    Bond B would funnel some $9.8 million into public libraries across the state.

    Bond C is the big one. It will allow for $120 million in expenditures for the state’s colleges and universities.

    We’re here to give an enthusiastic “yes” to all three.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 29, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Northeast New Mexico

    Included in Friday’s Optic, and distributed throughout an area we call home, was a special section titled, “Northeast New Mexico: Challenges and opportunities facing a seven-county region.”

    If you haven’t looked at it yet, I encourage you to do so. And if you somehow missed it, come by the Optic and we’ll give you one.

  • Torture votes by state’s delegation

    Torture! Where do our federal legislators stand on this issue? The National Religious Campaign Against Torture has produced a list of how all Members of Congress voted over the last eight years.

    Before 2003, the great majority of Americans, rightly or wrongly, were confident that U.S. personnel did not torture enemy captives.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 26, 2012
  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 26, 2012

    THUMPS DOWN! ALWAYS GOING UP. The Las Vegas recreation center is raising its rates. As of Nov. 1, swimming in the indoor pool, working out in the gym, getting extended and family passes, and renting equipment will cost more, though recreation director Loretta Martin says they’re still the lowest in the area.
    Even when finances appear to be solid, public facilities are still inclined to raise charges. The increases aren’t too high, but it’s still something we don’t like to see.

  • Another Perspective - Water then, water now

    I was born in 1946. Our winters were much different in the ‘50s.

    Snowfalls measured up to 2-1/2 feet and stayed on the ground for a long time. Today, sometimes we only get traces of snow, if any at all.

    Whatever happened to those days? Our heavy rains especially during the Fourth of July Fiestas, were a welcomed sight. Farmers loved it. Crops and fields came alive. Ditches were full of water, ranchers had hay and corn for their horses and cattle.