Today's Opinions

  • Water comes before economy

    To the mayor and councilors:

    Let me point out some realities. Most if not all of you know these realities already — so, in part, I may be speaking to those who wish to occupy your seats after next month. I hope they take note.

  • Correction

    In last Friday’s Optic, the wrong “signature” followed the letter headlined “Guantanamo and its legacy.”

    Judy Bennett of Rociada, not Judy Smith, wrote the letter.

  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico becomes a territory

    After 1846, New Mexico was under absolute U.S. military rule for almost five years. A limited civil government was appointed by whatever U.S. Army commander was in charge, following the departure of Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny. (After his invasion in Aug. 1846, Kearny stayed in New Mexico only 40 days, continuing his march west to occupy California, where he declared himself military governor in March 1847.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

    The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colo., on tracking suspects with GPS technology (Jan. 23) — The U.S. Supreme Court demonstrated that the U.S. Constitution is flexible enough to handle 21st century, high-tech issues, but it is solid enough to protect citizens’ rights even when dealing with such issues.

    And by the way, the court did so unanimously.

    The court ruled that police must obtain a search warrant before using Global Positioning System technology to track a criminal suspect.

  • City made a bad call

    It’s laudable that the city is willing to give a second chance to people who have gotten into trouble with the law. We all make mistakes, and we all deserve a chance at redemption.

    State law doesn’t allow the city to implement an all-out ban on the hiring of felons, and that’s a good thing. As City Manager Timothy Dodge points out, if you take away a person’s ability to make a living, what’s left but for that person to revert to crime?

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 25, 2012
  • Work of Art - When status mattered

    Remember when status in school meant something? Remember when the more popular kids thought of themselves as royalty?

    As a senior today, four times older than when I was the other kind of senior, I look back and wonder why popularity, or lack thereof, mattered.

    Let me explain:

  • Unusual cooperation

    Just when you think the rifts between Democrats and Republicans are too great for anything good to happen, here comes a bipartisan plan to revamp the New Mexico Senate district boundaries. District Judge James Hall approved the compromise plan last week, which had the support of Gov. Susana Martinez, some other Republicans, a group of Democrats and Native Americans.