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Today's Opinions

  • Our 2018 resolutions: Same as it ever was

    New Year’s resolutions often have much to do with healthy living. The Optic’s resolutions won’t change much from before, but are more a renewed vow to keep balance in the discussion.

    You might think that you don’t recall seeing Optic New Year’s resolutions in the past. Perhaps you hadn’t, and we didn’t make any in some years, but our resolve has always been the same: to provide balanced, interesting coverage of people, events and places that matter to San Miguel and Mora county readers.

  • Living life with joy in your heart

    By Rick Kraft

    Is there joy in your heart? No really, is there joy in your heart? Some people have it and some don’t.
    Over the many years of my existence, I have come up with many theories. Some people call them “Rickisms.” One of them is that happy people make other people happy.

    Another is that hurting people hurt people.

    Basically, we can’t give to others something we don’t have. Or the flip side, we can only give to others what we have within us.

  • Then and now: Machu Picchu and Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    Before I compare Machu Picchu in Peru with Las Vegas, let me tell you how I got there. (I got here via Route 66/Santa Fe Trail exactly two years ago).

    Back in Washington Grade School in Fort Wayne, Ind., I had an exceptional Social Studies teacher.

    When studying the explorers, Miss Opal Nichols divided my seventh-grade class into committees to research and present our findings to the rest of the class. My friend, Sue Brenn, got Montezuma, Kathy Dunigan got Balboa. I got Pizarro.

  • Growing ecotourism means thinking regionally

    The historical buildings in Las Vegas, N.M., are a treasure, to be sure, and are much talked about.

    What we don’t talk about often is the natural treasures we have beneath our feet.
    We should, because we need to value and preserve these treasures.

  • There are no easy options left for Luna

    By Joe McCaffrey

    The last two months have been very grim for Luna Community College, its Board of Trustees and its interim president, Ricky Serna.

    Optic readers will recall that on Nov. 8, 2017, the Higher Learning Commission, the accreditation organization for the central U.S., issued a show-cause order requiring LCC to present its case in writing by Feb. 1, 2018, showing why its accreditation should not be withdrawn.

    This will be followed by an HLC on-site visit and a decision by June about Luna’s accreditation fate.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018

    Tighten OUR belts?
    “Tighten your belts,” says the fat State of New Mexico.  In my tenure as an elected official, I’ve been to several workshops/conferences/trainings hosted by the State.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Jan. 5, 2018

    UP: SURGING SPARTANS, FANS
    We thank all the out-of-town visitors who made a trip to Las Vegas for the 64th annual Stu Clark boys basketball tournament.
    We especially salute the Bernalillo Spartans and the 14-0 record they left with after sweeping St. Pius, West Las Vegas and Robertson in order.
    We thank the parents and other fans who came to Highlands University’s Wilson Complex to see one of the oldest holiday hoops tournaments in the state.

    UP: AN AWARD-WINNING WRITER