Today's Opinions

  • To the Points: Cheers for WikiLeaks

    Thomas Jefferson once proffered that if he had to choose between an elected congress and a free media to ensure the preservation of democracy, he would roll the presses, every time. The present ballyhoo created by WikiLeaks supports Tom’s thinking and reminds us, once again, just how hard our government works to ensure that we, the citizens, don’t really know what’s happening to our national treasure and our aspirations to become an altruistic, even-handed, fair-thinking member of the global community.

  • The haves and the have-nots

    John Loehr's “To the Point” column in last Friday’s Optic incorrectly lumps the American Revolution with others that were true examples of the have-nots (very poor) rising up against the haves (very rich). Whether or not America may be heading in a similar direction is pure conjecture but it is wrong to state that our nation began that way.

    Pat Patrick

  • Support for strong cap

    I support the Environmental Improvement Board’s rulemaking efforts to protect my family and community from the consequences of carbon pollution. I know that by adopting a strong cap on carbon pollution, the board will be helping to prevent New Mexicans from developing asthma, protect my community’s drinking water, and provide new green jobs for hardworking New Mexicans.

    Leon Bustos
    Las Vegas

    Editor’s note: This note, in the form of a letter to the editor, was sent in by seven other Las Vegas residents.

  • Caring for the animals

    Paul McCartney reportedly said, “You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” If that’s the case, we as a community have plenty of room for improvement. It’s not uncommon to see stray dogs and cats wandering our streets, often abandoned or dumped by their owners, or seeing dogs living their lives bound to a chain while their owners ignore all but their most basic needs of food and water.

    But, overall, we are a compassionate community, and we know we can do better than that.

  • Work of Art: Sweatin’ to the newbies

    By Art Trujillo

    It’s around this time of the year when people’s visits to doctors increase. And doctors often say such an increase is expected around the holidays. We overeat.

    ‘Twas the season to gormandize on turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, yams and the full spectrum of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s edibles.

  • Cleaning up this town

    Joe Aragon Jr. and his son Joe Aragon III are justified in their frustration with the city’s solid waste transfer station. It’s unnecessarily messy, with trash blowing all over the place on a regular basis. So when they complain to city officials that they regularly have to pick up the city’s trash on their neighboring property, it’s believable. And when they say it’s not just a transfer station, that it’s a dump and a junkyard to boot, no one can really argue with them.

  • Publisher’s Note: Candidate forums

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño called last week, relaying a concern he heard about the upcoming school board candidate forums. He wondered if the east-side forum might be skewed in favor of two candidates in particular — Felix Alderete and Ricky Serna — since they are members of the Community Committee for Better Schools.

    That committee is co-sponsoring both forums — for West’s candidates on Jan. 18 and for East’s on Jan. 20 — along with the Optic.

  • ‘It’s the thought that counts’

    As I celebrated my birthday, I was thankful for another year of life. I would also like to thank everyone in Mora and San Miguel counties who have made a difference in my life. I look back, and one incident stands out in my mind.

    One year the Mora Fiesta Committeee had a “dunking booth.” I felt that if I volunteered to get  dunked I would make a lot of money for the county. I never learned how to swim, so after the first dunk, I felt I was going to drown, so there went that idea.