• Luna still has time —but not much

    It’s impossible to paint Luna Community College with giant brush stroke — even if the paint were to be made up of the combination of both the honey dripping off of a sopaipilla and some spoiled salsa from the back of the refrigerator.

  • Why’s a free press important?

    If the best disinfectant is sunshine, it’s important to remember that preventive medicine is just as effective as curing diseases.

    A free press doesn’t simply exist to help weed out corrupt or ill-intentioned people and practices from our government and the business world. It’s also the watchdog that helps shape the way business is conducted and the degree of honesty and number of rules followed — simply by being present and asking questions.

  • Sleepwalking Gen-Xers still contribute

    Demographers generally regard Americans and other western-hemisphere dwellers born between 1965 and 1985 as Generation X.

    Perhaps this is because there is an X where this is supposed to be data about contributions from that generation, or meaningful learning that took place for those people.

    As it turns out, many of the people in that generation were asleep at the wheel.

  • SFPS is on to something

    Even though Santa Fe Public Schools dropped a proposal this week that would have consequenced student-athletes themselves for their unruly parents’ actions, San Miguel and Mora county school districts should look into what similar policies it could enact to improve sideline behavior in this area.

  • Mayor, please pick up the pace

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The City of Las Vegas emailed the Optic an organizational meeting agenda late on the afternoon of July 27, after the print edition of the July 29 Optic had gone to press. The agenda for the meeting, to be held Tuesday, July 31, lists appointees for only the city attorney and chief of police positions.

  • UNM shouldn't nix men’s soccer

    When soccer players flop down onto the turf and seem to exaggerate injury in widely televised international matches, it draws the ire of the social media world — and brings more hate on a sport that already seems to draw the most hate of all.

    College soccer has its share of flops as well, but no sport has done more to further the development of young men and women through athletics in New Mexico and to further the economic development of the state.

  • Don’t resist the call of the road

    It’s fewer than 50 miles from dozens of northern New Mexico communities to the Luna Community College or Highlands University main campuses. Many Class of 2019 county high school seniors will be enrolled there next fall.

    These are fine schools with programs prepping students for many career fields. Other Land of Enchantment colleges and universities have different specialties with the same basic in-state benefits for recent New Mexico high school graduates.

  • Don’t let Trujillo off without prison time

    On July 2, Charles Trujillo is due to attend a plea hearing in Taos County District Court for his forgery and fraud crimes against the New Mexico public education system. 

  • What would Dad do?

    Lots of us have heard the song “The Living Years,” by Mike & The Mechanics, at least a few times.

    Many of us knew our fathers’ expectations of us ­­— and have on our consciences, in one direction or another, how well we measured up to those expectations.

    This is far more important to some folks than others; it makes sense that those of us closest to our parents would not only know their expectations, but also make a regular practice of letting others know they plan to honor such legacies.

  • Rules for retirement

    Our area’s oldest and longest-term residents have earned our respect and our admiration. They have the life experience, often specific career-field skills and, often, a working knowledge of their community and its history.

    We appreciate their contributions and rely on their leadership and passing along lessons — both positive examples and stories of mistakes to avoid repeating.