Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon, Sunday, July 15, 2018

    Editorial Cartoon, Sunday, July 15, 2018.

  • Capitalism, socialism and dishonest debates

    The other day, while on a drive, I did a little radio surfing and bumped into a “Christian” radio network with some no-name talk show host decrying the evils of socialism.

    There’s no such thing as independent thought on such programs. The format was little more than a lecture with commercials, with a few seconds of “conversation” with a caller or two as the host made sure the subject remained focused to his talking points for the day.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, July 13, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, July 13, 2018.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, July 6, 2018

    We thank all the City of Las Vegas employees and staff who Virginia Marrujo, the city’s Community Development Director, helped coordinate. The Optic staff was happy to see our Fiestas Guide distributed by the city freely, and happy to see so many people enjoying so many different musical groups at Plaza Park and elsewhere around town.

  • Downing 74 hot dogs

    How can they do it? How can any person wolf down 74 wieners in the Coney Island competition held each year in the Brooklyn borough of New York

    I ask that question because even the thought of gorging oneself — with wieners or anything else — makes me queasy.

    For the uninitiated, let me explain that there are such hot-dog-eating contests in many places around the country. The best known is at Coney Island.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

  • Reading for justice in Palestine

    It is easy to be swayed by individual views on the very complex Palestine-Israeli conflict, my thoughts as I read the commentaries appearing in the Optic on the recent violence directed toward Palestinians by the Israeli military during Gaza’s Great March of Return.

    Palestinians want to return to their ancestral homes in Palestine from which they or family members were evicted by Israel.

  • State needs to stand up for Anton Chico

    The following editorial was recently published in the Guadalupe County Communicator.

    A recent petition opposing the transfer of water rights to a wealthy oilman who bought a ranch upstream from Anton Chico should get the governor’s attention, if she isn’t in someone’s hip pocket already.

    Gov. Susana Martinez has been a friend to the oil and gas industry since before she was elected in 2010 — and no wonder.