Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: A fair compromise

    There’s no question that Dianna Duran violated the public trust.

    While serving as secretary of state, Duran funneled more than $13,000 from her campaign finance accounts into her personal accounts and then withdrew the money at casinos across the state. In an apparent effort to cover her tracks, Duran then proceeded to file false campaign finance reports with her own office, the very entity responsible for enforcing the state’s election and campaign finance laws.

  • A work of Art:

    It’s hard to remember being so affected by a single, simple — even stupid — incident. True, I’ve spent sleepless nights over the death of a loved one, such as Mom and Dad or other close relatives and friends.

    But what about days of fretting over the death of someone I never met, was never likely to meet — in fact over someone whose name before her death might have been known by only half a hundred people.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Monster hay-stacking machine shows there’s work to do at ranch

    Our mountains are changing, changing rapidly at the moment. Suddenly the green leaves have turned into gold, and they will soon be the stark skeletons left with only crispy and faded reminders that yet another summer is over and winter can’t be far behind.

    There are wild plums simmering in a pot here, and hopefully they will soon become preserves. The fall apple crop is resting in a box out on the porch and fried apples will be on the next menu.

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 25, 2015
  • Editorial: A serious breach

    System failure. There is no other way to describe the massive breach at the state Public Education Department that allowed one of its employees to walk away with four educator licenses based on a faked transcript and embellished work experience.

    This newspaper broke the story about Charles Trujillo’s deceptions in last Sunday’s edition, and our findings have led to the launching of two separate investigations, one by PED and the other by New Mexico Highlands University. PED officials have also brought state police into the matter.

  • Another Perspective:Losing loved ones to suicide

    By Joseph W. McCaffrey

    During the early ‘90s, I was the leader of a scientific group that suffered two closely spaced tragic deaths. The Optic’s article on the tragic suicide of Dr. Bradley Kanode reminded me that I still need to talk and write about these events. My hope is that this may help others.  

  • Letters to the Editor - Oct. 25, 2015

    Information needed on trash pickups

    I would like to thank the Optic for the recent story, Oct. 4-6 edition, regarding local trash pick-up. Thank you for clarifying what the City will/will not take, and how to properly fill the containers. Nice to know that they will pick up those bundled tree trimmings! I fully understand the over-burden of excess waste. I usually deliver large trimmings to the solid waste department off of Airport Road. Thanks to the City for having that available.

  • Just a Thought - Take a deep breath and be present

    By Rick Kraft

    It is really important to follow my instructions today. Okay? Sit real still. Clear your mind. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Take a deep breath. Exhale. One more time, take a deep breath. Exhale.

    Good job! I want you to be present in the present. Not just partially present, but fully present. One hundred percent present. Absorb the moment you are in. Absorb what is around you. Don’t think about what happened yesterday or a year ago. Don’t worry about what may happen tomorrow.