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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the editor, Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Does an editor edit?
    I’ve continuously been disappointed with the Optic. Let’s get something straight, the Optic is by NO means late breaking news. If you’re like me, and receive it in the mail, chances are it’s already three day old news. Not to mention there is hardly ever any thing of substance to report “as of press time.”

  • Heritage Days in Las Vegas was fantastic

    Elvis was wrong. It is not just Viva, Las Vegas. It is Viva Las Vegas, New Mexico. You don’t need to drive to Nevadato see bright lights and highlights with cowboys and show girls. Put your car on the road and steer north to fill that western thrill.

    To be perfectly honest, I don’t gamble, so Nevadaholds no joy for me. Living on a teacher’s salary, (wait,) I take that back. We teachers are the ultimate gamblers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Simplifying your world by downsizing

    We all have too much stuff. We have things we don’t touch in years that are just taking up space. As a side note, I am writing this column to myself, but I thought I would share with you my advice to me!

    I have a theory. It is called the “Kraft’s Theory of Space.” It will never be as famous as Newton’s Theory of Relativity or Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, but it seems to be a theory that is accurate almost without exception.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Writing for laughter and brotherly love

    I always thought I was funnier than my brother. Then I gave him a column in my newspaper and he turns out to be more humorous than I.

    Who woulda thunk it?

    My older brother Don, a psychiatrist who lives in Memphis, Tenn., has been writing a humor column for The Guadalupe County Communicator since December, when I bought the newspaper. And, surprisingly, he’s developed a bit of a following.

    A huge following, my tall-tale-telling brother will undoubtedly say, but I’m trying to keep it real.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, August 16, 2018

    THUMBS UP: IT TAKES A TASK FORCE
    Many realms of government and private industry could take lessons from how well law enforcement agencies work together in some cases. While the general public doesn’t usually hear about the struggles working together and communicating behind the scenes, and how ineffective task forces might be the groups who don’t make news at all, it’s great to see what happens when it works well.