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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 7, 2014

    The Dallas Morning News on how to make the most of this opening on immigration reform (Jan. 31):
    Last week was an important one for the future of immigration reform. Tuesday, President Barack Obama made the issue a component of his State of the Union speech — and never mentioned the word comprehensive. Thursday, House Republicans opened their three-day retreat by unveiling a set of immigration principles that could set the foundation for legitimate immigration reform. Suddenly, there seems to be genuine momentum for a solution.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 5, 2014
  • Gov’s action outrageous

    We are baffled by Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to appoint someone to the Highlands University Board of Regents who has an active lawsuit against the university.

    Before we delve into that topic, here’s a disclosure. Among the people who applied for the position was Optic editorial board member Joseph McCaffrey. We have no issue with the governor passing McCaffrey over for the position. Because McCaffrey applied for the regent post, we excluded him from the editorial board’s discussion on this matter.

  • Work of Art - Colorado green chile? Nah!

    An alert user of the social medium, Facebook, posted something brilliant: “I sure wish we had some of that green chile from Colorado.”

    Said no one.

    Ever.

    I spotted this post on the Facebook page of former Las Vegas and current Seattle-ite Ileana Gonzales. She said in 16 words what takes me several paragraphs to express.

  • An important decision

    We have published a few letters to the editor from individuals urging the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education to keep Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez because bringing someone new in at this point would be disruptive.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 3, 2014
  • Just a Thought - You choose your influences

    By Rick Kraft

    Who in this world influences your life? We all are influenced by others. We don’t live our lives in a vacuum. We are not each born on a remote island with no one around. We don’t live our lives with an abundance of food, clothing, and shelter automatically provided without our ever having to lift a finger.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 31, 2014

    THUMBS UP! MAKING A MARK
    Congratulations to John Fernandez for winning the Corrido of the Year award at the New Mexico Hispano Music Association awards show earlier this month. At that same awards show, Robertson High School student Estrella Gutierrez was awarded Youth Song of the Year. And Mariachi Paisano del Valle took the top spot as Mariachi Song of the Year for the song “Quedamos Como Amigos,” sung by Benny S. Ortiz and RHS graduate Marissa Baca. It’s great to see these talented individuals being recognized.