Today's Opinions

  • Brace yourself for a tough winter

    We’re still a couple of months away from the first official day of winter (Dec. 22), but forecasters are already saying it’ll be colder and wetter than normal in New Mexico, so be prepared to bundle up.

    It’s another El Niño year, which means that the ocean-to-atmosphere interaction of temperatures, especially in the Pacific Ocean near the equator, will influence U.S. weather conditions. And since this year’s El Niño is a whopper, this winter could be particularly brutal.

  • Editorial Cartoon Oct. 28, 2015
  • 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.