Today's Opinions

  • Editorial:A great investment

    More people are vising our state than ever before. Statistics compiled by the state tourism department show that 33.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico in 2015, 700,000 more trips than in 2014.

    So why should we care?

    Tourism is a vital part of New Mexico’s economy. When tourists come to our state, they rent rooms at area hotels and motels. They eat at local restaurants and shop at our stores. And they fuel up their vehicles at our service stations.

  • Letters to the Editor - July 17, 2016

    Editorial cartoon was inappropriate

    What is the purpose of printing the cartoon that appeared on the editorial page of the Optic, July 10-12, 2016? It certainly does not enlighten or inform. The cartoonist made a generalization about police officers that characterizes the more than three-quarters of a million law enforcement officers in the nation as ready to stop and kill a black driver. 

  • Just a Thought: Some random thoughts in difficult times

    Those who protect us should not have to be protected. When law enforcement is protecting the rights of others to assemble, they should not become targets. The issue isn’t whether law enforcement agrees or not with the views of those they are protecting. The issue is they should not become victims for protecting freedoms of others that comes with being in America.

  • Editorial Roundup - July 17, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on President Obama’s remarks at a police memorial in Dallas (July 13):

    Dallas’ response in the days since five of our police officers were murdered demonstrates that our city can help show America how to heal its divisions over race and ease tensions over police violence.

    That was the message President Barack Obama delivered Tuesday, and we couldn’t agree more.

  • Palabras Pinturescas : The best ride is bareback

    My whole life has centered around horses, horses of many shapes, sizes, colors, temperaments and gaits. There is nothing like the luxury of riding an American saddle horse or a Tennessee walking horse in either their fast, smooth as a rocking chair gait.

    We raised both here at the ranch and at Valmora. My mother was an expert horsewoman who could make these fancy steppers glide through their beautiful gaits.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 15, 2016


  • Editorial Cartoon - July 15, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Killings by cops not exclusive to big cities

    Think all the killings by cops making news these days are exclusive to urban areas? Think again. Here in New Mexico, we’ve had at least five so far this year, and unless I’m missing something, not one in Albuquerque this year.