Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 25, 2016
  • Another Perspective: Rural Development helps advance NM

    By Terry Brunner

    My time as State Director at the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development ended on Dec. 16. Little did I know when I took this job in 2009 that there were great challenges facing New Mexico’s rural communities and more down the road.

  • Just a Thought: It is all about a baby and the hope he brings

    By Rick Kraft

    The sun went down the evening before baby Jesus was born just as it had done every night in the history of mankind. But when it came up the next day, a baby had been born whose life and death would forever change the world.

    Christmas is the story of a baby.

  • Letters to the Editor - Dec. 25, 2016

    Look at school leadership
    Just read in the Optic where the West Las Vegas Superintendent is concerned with the latest district grades.

    His solution is to develop a strategy of improvement by using a data driven scenario. It appears to us that he is leading from behind. One cannot wait for data to move forward. Data must be evaluated on a monthly basis with administration and staff so that immediate solutions can be developed and implemented. One cannot wait from year to year.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 25, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Portland Press Herald of Maine on the decrease in life expectancy in the U.S. (Dec. 12, 2016):

    Life expectancy fell in 2015 for the first time in more than 20 years, by itself a shocking and sad statistic that separates the United States from all other high-income nations.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 23, 2016

    The song, “Winter Wonderland,” comes to mind as one drives past the several parks in Las Vegas. Well decorated are Plaza Park, Carnegie Park and Lincoln Park, each with hundreds of lights strewn from tree to tree. Kudos to the city of Las Vegas employees who put the decorations up. There was a time when we considered ourselves fortunate if only one park or one tree were decorated to boost Meadow City festivity. As you drive by the parks, take time to observe the many brightly adorned homes in the residential areas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 23, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - The best presents are given freely, not bought

    Christmas brings out the best and worst of our way of life.

    Crass consumerism runs rampant this time of year, as if owning things equates to happiness. If that were the case, then why are there so many miserable rich people?

    Sure, it’s the season of giving, but it’s also for getting. People go into debt to buy things for those they love and are close to, and then they go into debt a little more to buy that special something for themselves. You know you do. I do too.