Today's Opinions

  • 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order requiring LCC to present its case in writing by Feb. 1, 2018, showing why its accreditation should not be withdrawn.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

    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.


  • Out with the old predictions, in with the new

    Guess I’m making it an annual thing, this review of predictions past followed by predictions present. The future is anyone’s guess.
    Last year, for my first column of 2017, I reviewed my ‘16 predictions — and didn’t do half-bad, though I didn’t ace it either — and then made some new predictions for the coming year. Let’s do it again, for ’17 and ’18:

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 5, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 5, 2017.

  • What’s in a name?

    I’ve been called a number of things in my life. Some of the names, at least, have even been respectable.
    Many old timers still call me Mannie. In my childhood, I must have been given that moniker by one of my parents. It stuck, and now, when someone (probably an alumnus of Immaculate Conception School in Las Vegas) calls me that, I generally recognize that person as a former classmate.