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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - July 4, 2014

    Community 1st helps businesses
    If you saw Monday’s Optic about Community 1st Bank, you may question the reasons for the regulators “concern.” I know as much about banking regulations as a hog knows about Sunday. This I do know: Community 1st Bank has provided the loans I needed to grow my business. They provided similar loans to other local entities, loans that make growth and survival possible.

  • Editorial Roundup - July 4, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Terre Haute Tribune-Star on the need for CASA volunteers (June 28, 2014):
    If you agree that not much is sadder — and potentially more unsettling to our society — than a child torn from his or her home, here is a way you can make a difference, one kid at a time.

  • Let’s be civil

    We understand the concern that some in this community have about Gov. Susana Martinez being selected as this year’s grand marshal for the Fourth of July Fiestas parade.

    Martinez has done a great deal to help this community address its precarious water situation, and for that, she deserves our gratitude. But the fact is that this is a gubernatorial election year, and Martinez, a Republican, is running for re-election.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 2, 2014
  • Work of Art: What? No Mozart?

    HALLSTATT, Austria — We’re a number of kilometers from the spot I thought we’d be on this day, but the pleasant weather makes us regret nothing at all. As we left Las Vegas for our summer trip overseas, that took us from Albuquerque, to Dallas, to London, then to Prague, in the Czech Republic. I expected to be in Salzburg today, savoring every note Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ever wrote.

  • The First Amendment

    It’s not unusual for critics of City Hall to show up at Council meetings to vent their frustrations.

    The times that those critics have begun to talk about a specific governing board member or city employee, they have been interrupted by the city attorney and told that they are out of order.

    By contrast, those who show up at Council meetings to praise specific governing body members or city employees are allowed to speak uninterrupted.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 30, 2014
  • Another Perspective: Lessons learned in Vegas

    Editor’s note: Baillie Kujath, Yalda Barlas and Myra Murillo, UNM BA/MD students, participated in a rural practicum this summer in Las Vegas. The students shadowed local rural physicians Dr. David Elliott, Dr. Thomas Strain and Dr. L. David Young and participated in weekly tutorial sessions at Luna Community College with UNM faculty member Sally Bachofer and community coordinator Elaine Luna. Baillie Kujath wrote this piece on behalf of the BA/MD students.