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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, March 18, 2018

    Mil Gracias
    We have some awesome firemen and women in this area!

    On Saturday, March 17, we had a grass fire on Cinder Road which quickly got out of hand. Dry winter conditions added to the problem. Thank God no homes were lost to the fire.

    The fire departments from Las Vegas, Gallinas, Sheridan and State Forestry prevented this.

    Within a short period of time, several fire trucks were on the scene and  many firefighters swung into action. They were well-organized and eagerly fought the fire.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 25, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 25, 2018.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 23, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: WE’LL MISS YOU, JOE SINGLETON!
    The sports world will miss Joe Singleton, a former Highlands University athletic director who brought a great deal of expertise to the sports programs.

    Shortly before his move to take a similar job at University of California-Davis, Joe was handed the microphone at halftime of a Cowboy homecoming football game.

  • Opioid lawsuits abound, hit close to home

    The opioid epidemic is being litigated big-time.

    Here in Santa Rosa, in Guadalupe County, both county and city officials have been approached by attorneys about suing the pharmaceutical industry for saturating the nation with their painkillers and downplaying their addictive qualities.

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is building a case to represent not only the state but all localities around the state. But these days they are having to sell their representation to local officials.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 23, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 23, 2018.

  • Don’t end it with a 'prop' -osition

    As my wife, Bonnie, and I read Sunday’s Optic, she said, “Did you notice the grammatical error in one of the articles?” As a comma chaser for much of my life,

    I became curious.She said that some people misuse words because they sound much like other words. She said she notices when people use “aggravated” when they mean “irritated.”We noted how pe

  • Why make such hay of sports?

    Why make such a big deal out of a high school varsity team winning a state championship?

    Is it because with all the fear, doubt and despair in the world at any given moment, we cling to the achievements on a court or field, which cannot be disputed?

    Or is a respite from “adulting” that allows us to rejoice in the calm and peace that comes from watching young people running and competing, and, for the most part, having a great time?

  • The 2018 session and priorities moving forward

    Although the 2018 legislative session has ended and campaign season has begun in earnest, the legislature’s work is not done yet.

    The results of the session allow us to intelligently plan for the future and fully vet priority issues that will improve life for all New Mexicans.