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Today's Opinions

  • THUMBS: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    WISE DECISION. We want to give a BIG thumbs up to the East school district, for doing what had to be done. Superintendent Rick Romero announced this week that Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana has been fired. Six months ago, the math teacher and golf coach was placed on paid leave stemming from allegations that he had sex on multiple occasions with a student.

  • DULCEY AMARGO: Discarding shoulda bags

    Like many women (and often, these days, men), I carry a shoulder bag almost everywhere I go. Back in the ‘60s it was a handbag, but through the years it has gained in volume and capacity. In an earlier column, I referred to the convenience or perhaps vanity of “being prepared” for any eventuality with the contents of my purse. There’s been a slight change of perspective recently.

  • LETTER: Looking for a lost brother

    I am the sister of Richard Osgood, who my husband wrote to you about earlier.  I am so upset over missing my brother that I don’t know what to do. I am grateful to my husband for contacting you because I never would have thought of that. We have had to come up with some creative ideas, since we have had little luck getting the police to react to our situation. Pray that a loved one of yours is never a “missing person.”

  • EDITORIAL: Keep the public option

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s public meeting this week in Santa Fe didn’t turn out like the other town hall meetings we’ve been hearing about across the country. Absent were the loud protests by those opposed to the Obama administration’s health-care plan. One reason, more than likely, is that organizers of the event took written questions instead of letting citizens shout out their questions and concerns from the floor. Smart move, since those who are so aggressively against President Obama’s plan have become a bullying, not-so-silent minority.

  • WORK OF ART: Asleep during grammar class

    Several of us were chatting about what we learned in elementary school, and most agreed the subject that caused the most difficulty was grammar.

    My wife and I visited with a new acquaintance, Meggie, at a staff party Saturday. I made the point — with as much veracity as I could muster — that I had slept through most grammar classes during my years at Immaculate Conception School.

    But years later, what I dozed through came back when I needed it. It gives credence to those learn-in-your-sleep foreign language lessons, which don’t work for me.

  • EDITORIAL: Counties are outgunned

    A federal whistleblower lawsuit alleges that Community Health Systems bilked Medicaid at three of its New Mexico hospitals, including Las Vegas’ Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    The Tennessee-based company has yet to gets its day in court, and its spokesman is not commenting on the litigation.

  • Send a message

    The new dorms have opened up at Highlands University, and they are a showcase for the school.

    As sure as it rains during the Fiestas, local leaders will be contemplating about whom to name the new residence hall after. If history is any guide, it will be named in honor of a professor or a politician.

    Last year, a group asked the Board of Regents to name the hall after state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas. We’re not sure why a university building would be named after a state senator, except that he did his job and helped secure the state funding for the project.

  • AS IT IS: Why wasn’t name printed?

    A few readers have wondered why we didn’t publish the name of a man accused of sexually molesting an 8-year-old in a story in the Aug. 3 Optic.

    They note that the name appeared in other news outlets. We didn’t give any special treatment to this suspect; our policy is not to publish the names of those accused of sexual crimes until they are bound over to state District Court for trial. Exceptions are made for public officials and people who are in positions of trust such as police officers and teachers.