Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Thumbs Oct. 23, 2015


  • Dispatch New Mexico- Who will win the state in 2016?

    By the time New Mexico’s preferential primaries roll around on June 7, some 40 other states will have already voted for their party’s candidate. That means there’s a good chance the nation’s Democrats and Republicans will have already decided who their nominees will be, even if it isn’t official until they hold their national conventions in July 2016.

    But no worries, New Mexicans will still get to vote in the November general election — and that could actually make a difference in a close race.

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 21
  • Doing the right thing

    Saturday will mark the second anniversary of the deaths of Cochise Bayhan, 56, and Alex Montoya, 61, two boarding home patients who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the backyard shed where they were being housed.

    Denise A. Encinias, 42, and Jose Encinias, 49, the operators of the “boarding home” had been scheduled to stand trial for those deaths this week. Just days before that trial was to have begun, the couple entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. They each pleaded no contest to two counts of neglect of a resident resulting in death, second degree felonies.

  • Work of Art: Cleansing Playboy magazine

    What? Playboy’s becoming sanitized. Thus read the headline in one of countless newspapers and magazines over Hugh Hefner’s decision to stop featuring nudes in the publication that spurred the nudity trend on Dec. 1, 1953, with a revealing photo of Marilyn Monroe.

    Playboy, “the magazine that men read for its intelligent articles (the daring photos of women being purely incidental), has decided to cover up feminine attributes. Hefner’s plan to pitch the pulchritude is probably predicated by the plenitude of provocative poses on our PC. Wrrronngg. (More on that in a few paragraphs).