• Hey, Hector: your home area needs better information

    Many of the causes Attorney General Hector Balderas has pursued within the past couple of years are noble. However, the Optic would like to remind him there are many issues to be resolved “at home.”

  • ‘This IS our lane’

    The following editorial was recently published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    More than 30,000 Americans are killed by firearms annually, far more than in any other industrialized nation.

    To anyone not in the thrall or the pocket of the National Rifle Association, the cause is clear: America also has far more guns per capita than any industrialized nation, and far looser gun laws.

    It’s why our streets, schools and places of worship are so often engulfed in carnage.

  • There's still a great need for firefighters

    Newspapers receive reader feedback all the time in debates over numbers in education and law enforcement, and whether having more personnel really solves a problem or just adds to taxpayer costs.

    We don’t get any complaints that there are too many firefighters in the world.

  • N.M. Dems out of excuses now

    Trey Gowdy, the Republican Congressman for South Carolina, did some stumping for presidential candidate Marco Rubio during the lead-up to the 2016 caucuses and primaries.

    It was a standard side of his schtick to talk about how Republican his state had become, joking about how South Carolina was so close to running out of formidable Democrat candidates to run against, and had turned all their energy against each other, preferring to point fingers and show hostility for, well, every other member of the state GOP, rather than breed unity. He said it was human nature.

  • Sponsor names like ‘TaxSlayer’ are modern realities

    One group of college football fans is always disappointed with the result of a bowl game, such as the TaxSlayer.com Bowl.

    However, fans across the country seem to be disappointed with the sheer number of bowl games, and/or the silly sponsored names of each game.

    Corporate sponsorship isn’t new, though the information age makes it seem like there are more of these types of partnerships than there used to be. Some of the names sound ridiculous on their own, and even more incredulous when paired with a college football game or another event.

  • Let’s go over a few policies

    Newspaper columns are used for many things: To voice viewpoints, encourage or discourage specific actions and to make announcements.

    Some editors and editorial boards also use columns to explain and clarify policy. That’s what we’ll do here: let’s talk about obituaries, as some recent questions have arisen.

    Death of loved ones is never an easy subject to discuss, much less bring up. When family or a close friend dies, it’s usually a traumatic event in the lives of at least dozens of people.

  • Don’t misrepresent yourself

    Mired in Brett Kavanaugh’s recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings were disputes about incidents and characterizations about what the man had done decades ago, and how he conducted himself.

    The hearings became as much about whether Kavanaugh was telling the truth as it was about the facts of his life.

  • One size doesn’t fit all K-12 districts

    There is little debate as to how important literacy is within the first few grades of elementary school. There is plenty of debate, however, about how much help those young students need and what the best ways are to have literate fourth-graders.

  • No more Tang or microwavable sausage

    In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, we learned about all sorts of food conveniences, like microwavable sausage and Tang. We need to give those up.

    Many of us are in no position to stand on some moral high ground (or compost heap) and claim superiority to others, eating only organic berries and organic twigs (from organic trees).

  • Colorado’s weed celebration won’t be duplicated

    It would be great if New Mexico, or any other state, could experience the same windfall and sense of progressive righteousness that seem to have befallen Colorado in the wake of the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana. However, it isn’t going to happen the same way.