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Today's Opinions

  • Garcia was a ‘great man’

    On Oct. 24 Peñasco Blanco, Ledoux, El Carmen, Mora and Mora County lost a great man, a neighbor, a friend, a legend, at the age of 95. I had the honor and privilege of knowing Juan Pablo Garcia for well over 30 years. I always called him Juan Paul. Being in the sawmill business as well, I always “looked up” to him. He was very genuine, proud, stoic, dedicated, personable, well respected, well-known and hard working (according to one family member he was still using a chainsaw at the age of 92.) If you knew this man, you were blessed... If not, you truly missed out.

  • Christmas cookies

    Christmas cookies for sale at Walgreen’s two weeks before Halloween underscores boldly the madness of the marketplace.

    Well, Halloween is over. “Trick or Treat! Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. I bask in the bliss of stuffing my face with sugar and corn syrup. I worship s’mores.”

    The season moves into russet-leaved scenes of a peaceful and  prosperous table around which those who gather share a feast that should be known by all — even the least for whom such scenes exist as a fable.

  • Another Perspective — Who has the silver bullet?

    By Feliz Alderete

    For the Optic

    Editor’s note: This is part one of two. The second installment will run in Monday’s edition.

    How important is public education and how does it affect our lives? Those two questions can be easily answered by going to the local market and interacting with a store clerk, calling a service provider with a problem on a bill, or getting information over the telephone about a service.

  • Outrageous actions

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
    — Fourth Amendment

    Every one of us should be outraged at the news emerging out of southern New Mexico.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 13, 2013
  • Work of Art — Some people are so nice

    Ah, jeez, some people can be so nice. Please don’t overlook the irony to that statement. “Can be so nice” is almost like saying, “You’re so much help!”

    I’ve gone over these expressions, orally, a dozen times, and there’s no way I can make them seem sincere. In my experience “So much help” always comes out sarcastically, regardless of who’s uttering it.

    Now that we’re experts on irony, let’s get to the point:

  • A lesson for us all

    If you’ve watched the television news in the past few days or picked up a newspaper, you likely know about Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks’ troubles.

    Brooks and state Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera have traded barbs regularly in recent years. At the heart of their dispute is disagreement over how to reform schools in this state.

    But Brooks crossed the line last week when he posted comments on his Twitter account comparing Skandera to a farm animal.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 11, 2013