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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 28, 2017

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME, BIKERS
    The annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally is in its 12th year in Las Vegas. This weekend’s activities will feature many visiting and local bikers who come to the Meadow City to donate blood, attend an art show reception, enjoying live music, and getting acquainted and re-acquainted with fellow bikers and local folk. The proof of the rally’s popularity is the appearance of hundreds of shiny cycles strung along both sides of Bridge Street.

    THUMBS DOWN! PLAN A: IT’S NOT SO BORING

  • Dispatch New Mexico - All about voting and other fraudulent activities

    Distrust in our government must be at an all-time high, or at least comparable to the Watergate years.

    Donald Trump certainly didn’t create the distrust; instead, he capitalized off it for a phenomenal rise to power. But now he’s as much a part of the problem as any other Washington insider, and is even creating problems that didn’t seem to exist before he hit town.

  • Never, ever double-space — ever

    Doing research through old microfilms of the Optic, at Highlands’ Donnelly Library, I soon thought of abandoning the project — for several reasons.

    For years, a laboratory somewhere would take each issue of the Optic, photograph it and convert it to a 35mm reel of film that contained the days’ news. But that didn’t make things perfect.

  • Single-payer has benefit for most

    By Craig Abalos of the Roswell Daily Record — originally published July 13.

    Even the most passionate pro-business advocates would be hard-pressed to disagree with that. As a culture, perhaps even as a species, we tend to value stalwart ideals.

    We appreciate strength and consistency far more than we do the less tangible characteristics of gracefulness and adaptability. Throughout history, mankind has often clung to the old ways despite overwhelming evidence that doing so might spell disaster.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 23, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Let’s stop avoiding ‘I don’t have time for that’

    By Rick Kraft

    How often do we say “I don’t have time for that”? In reality, it is not really a time issue, it is a priority issue. What we really mean to say is “that” is not a priority to me.

    We are all creatures of habit. It would be interesting if you took out a sheet of paper and wrote down every one of your habits. You would likely fill a page with your repetitive actions.

  • Salazar is new chair of pension committee

    NOTE: This item was submitted to the Optic by the office of the New Mexico Legislature Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    As New Mexico’s inter- im   legislative committees begin their hearings, Rep.Tomás Salazar (D-San Miguel, Santa Fe, Torrance) is pleased as he opens the Investment Pensions and Oversight Committee as its new chairman.

  • Babbling Brooks - Great customer service should be the bare minimum

    There are plenty of businesses and government or nonprofit organizations providing fine customer service around Las Vegas. If you are a retail business owner who pays attention to nearly every detail and has a vested interest in growing the customer base, I salute you, and keep up the hard work that has got you to this point.

    However, if you’re the owner of one of the Vegas businesses in the following categories, I really hope you have younger new customers in mind, and I hope you can find the resources to improve in some key areas.