Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: A man of peace

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial first appeared in the Jan. 21, 2013 Optic.

    On this holiday in which we remember a man who gave his life for “a more perfect union,” we should also remember how he acted. He was a man who lived in violent times, yet his response was peaceful.

  • Another Perspective: The main thing

    For the past several years, as the holidays draw near and the legislative session looms just beyond them, I have written an article outlining the challenges facing New Mexico and trying to map out solutions to them. This year feels different.

  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 17, 2016

    Donald Trump selling snake oil

    Angry white men are the primary fodder for Trump’s presidential campaign grasping at straws. These men feel that their entitlement has been lost. That is true for them and so many other Americans.

    Yet, they are following a man who is selling them snake oil. He wants them to vote Republican, which is how they got where they are in the first place.

  • Just a Thought - Being known as a drum major for justice

    Behind my desk at home is a print of a man standing in front of a desk with his arms crossed. I’ll come back to him. On the wall behind the man is a portrait of another man. The portrait of the man on the wall is Mahatma Gandhi, a major political and spiritual leader during India’s independence movement through nonviolent civil disobedience from 1916 to 1945.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Geology of Las Vegas Region book filled with photographs

    I start this word pictures column with a sad note. My family and I send our heartfelt condolences to Art Trujillo and all of the Trujillo family on the death of their brother Severino. There is such a special sadness in all of our hearts when we lose a brother. I know this first hand, and although I knew Sweet Brother Bill was very ill, I will never forget that phone call saying he was finally telling jokes and teasing the angels in heaven. Vaya con Dios says it so well.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 15, 2016
  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan 15, 2016

    Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary cooks Helen Roybal and Dorothy Aragon are receiving much deserved recognition for springing into action and saving a child. A Don Cecilio Elementary student was choking, and Roybal and Aragon performed the Heimlich Maneuver on him. They were able to dislodge the stuck particle of food from the child’s throat before emergency personnel arrived. The West Las Vegas School Board honored Roybal and Aragon in December. That child was lucky that Roybal and Aragon knew what to do in that situation.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Another legislative session appearing around the bend

    So here we are, at the onset of another legislative session. It’s one of the short ones, 30 days, and it’s at the front end of an election year, so it probably won’t be an overly productive one.

    Sure, a budget will be passed, since that’s essentially required by state law. But I’m not optimistic much of anything else will get done in the upcoming session.