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Today's Opinions

  • From many points of view

    It’s not simply the responsibility of the editor of this newspaper to see things through his own point of view. It’s important for him to put himself in other people’s shoes.

    As a 45-year-old white male, raised in suburban Washington, D.C., that editor might see things through the lens of a unique set of experiences, but so has nearly everyone else his age.  One of the most important reasons to travel and live in multiple places is to see how the world looks through the eyes of so many different kinds of humans — and other species.

  • Raising two people up with one act

    It’s been a difficult day. Nothing seems to have gone right. The day started bad and then got worse.

    It’s late in the day and you are just trying to hold on to make it to the end. You’re walking down the hall and out of the blue someone says, “Hey, I like your outfit!” You stop and think, “What did they say?”

  • Restoring the Gallinas is a mutli-faceted task

    You’ve likely heard about the work the City is doing to renovate Bradner Reservoir, and the upcoming renovation of Peterson reservoir, but there are some really exciting water storage projects that we haven’t been talking about.

    The city has been collaborating with the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance to restore the health of sections of the Gallinas River floodplain. Such work was recently completed on city property near the Placitas Fire Station, and will soon commence on the Gallinas River Park running  from Bridge to Independence Streets.

  • A major victory for forest communities

    By Sen. Martin Heinrich

    Many of us in New Mexico are fortunate to have a national forest right outside our backyard. We rely on these forests for drinking water and firewood, to fill our freezers, and to support our outdoor recreation economy.

    However, as temperatures heat up and we enter fire season after a particularly dry winter, we are also acutely aware that some of our forests are still recovering from historic wildfires and that all of them face imminent threats of destructive fires. We know the weight of the loss these disasters carry.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Question the news

    Three parents whose children were killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are fighting the unconscionable fake news denying these murders.I believe all of us have to take responsibility to call out the fake news we are assailed with every day!

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 29, 2018.

  • Reflecting on a much simpler childhood

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I grew up on them. They were the first thing I learned to make in the kitchen. That and a glass of milk. Microwaves hadn’t been invented yet.

    Playing basketball on a dirt patch in our back yard. That’s where I learned to dribble and shoot with one hand.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 27, 2018

    THUMBS UP: PRAISE COPS FOR DEFUSING
    Sunday’s Optic featured a story, based on police reports and court documents, about a man who was armed with a knife who was taken into custody. Despite the suspect continuing to reach behind his back as he ignored a Las Vegas Police officer’s commands and walked toward the officer, who drew his weapon, the suspect was taken into custody without any shots fired or any apparent major injury to anyone.