Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon Jan 13, 2016
  • Editorial:Enhance DWI penalties

    In fewer than 48 hours, law enforcement officers arrested three individuals in San Miguel County who between them have racked up a combined 16 DWI arrests.

    • Arthur Lucero, 52, of the 2700 block of Seventh Street was arrested on New Year’s Eve on his seventh DWI.

    • Lawrence Valerio Jr., 39, of the 600 block of El Creston, was arrested on his fifth DWI on New Year’s Day.

    • And Viola Tafoya, 48, of the 1000 block of Railroad Avenue was also arrested on New Year’s Day on her fourth DWI.

  • Work of Art: Ah, me oh mayo

    It’s interesting how quickly and easily an item on Facebook can make its way into the pages of a newspaper such as the Optic.

    Feeling ornery last week, I posted a note on the Internet disclaiming any love for mayonnaise.

    Yes, I enjoy some of the jokes about that creamy, tasteless stuff that some people call food. I like the one about how the largest shipment of Hellman’s mayonnaise was loaded on to Titanic, back in 1912. It was headed for Mexico, where its residents love that squishy stuff.

  • Good for Obama

    We’ll be the first to acknowledge that President Barack Obama’s plan to tighten controls on gun sales in this country wouldn’t have gone very far toward preventing the mass shootings that have devastated so many communities in recent years.

  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 10, 2016
  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 10, 2016
  • Just a Thought - Make four agreements with yourself

    By Rick Kraft

    The most important conversations you will ever have are those that take place in the privacy or your own mind. God gave you the freedom to think whatever you want. You can go to your quiet place in your home, relax, close your eyes, and then “think away.” No one knows what goes on in the six inches between your ears.

    This can be called many things...dreaming, self-talk, adjusting an attitude, reminiscing, depression, and so on. There are no limits to where you can go or what you might think in the privacy of your mind.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 10, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Times Herald-Record of Middletown on the need for more support to fight drug addiction (Jan. 3):
    In an election year sure to be dominated by a presidential campaign focusing on taxes and terrorism and by state legislative campaigns tainted with corruption, another pressing concern should not be ignored.