Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 15, 2016
  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan 15, 2016

    Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary cooks Helen Roybal and Dorothy Aragon are receiving much deserved recognition for springing into action and saving a child. A Don Cecilio Elementary student was choking, and Roybal and Aragon performed the Heimlich Maneuver on him. They were able to dislodge the stuck particle of food from the child’s throat before emergency personnel arrived. The West Las Vegas School Board honored Roybal and Aragon in December. That child was lucky that Roybal and Aragon knew what to do in that situation.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Another legislative session appearing around the bend

    So here we are, at the onset of another legislative session. It’s one of the short ones, 30 days, and it’s at the front end of an election year, so it probably won’t be an overly productive one.

    Sure, a budget will be passed, since that’s essentially required by state law. But I’m not optimistic much of anything else will get done in the upcoming session.

  • 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