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Today's Opinions

  • Target licenses

    A Rio Rancho lawmaker wants to change state law so that students who are habitually cutting class could lose their driver’s licenses.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that State Sen. Craig Brandt has already filed a bill in advance of the legislative session that begins Jan. 21.

    Brandt told the newspaper he believes it’s time to hold teens who habitually play hookey responsible for their actions, saying, “They hold dear their driver’s license. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Being able to lose that privilege is huge.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 1, 2014
  • Work of Art — Try the ‘interrobang’

    An old-time commercial that advertised a controlled, measured laxative featured a woman asking the rhetorical question about prunes: “Is one enough? Are three too many?”

    That question goes right up my alley, but my preference is to think of too few/too many in the context of punctuation marks. Specifically, I believe people are slaves to the notion that “If one is good for you, two  are even better.” We can use that analogy when discussing aspirin, Tums, cough syrup, cigarettes and burgers.

  • Let’s choose transparency

    If you’ve been keeping up with the issues that are likely to come up when the Legislature convenes in a few weeks, then you might have heard about a proposal to keep the names of applicants for key local government jobs secret.

    The New Mexico Municipal League approved a resolution in August, supporting such a change in state law.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 30, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Can immigration save the GOP?

    By Bill Richardson and Eric P. Serna

    Submitted to the Optic

    As Democrats, it has been interesting to watch the GOP battle — not us — but each other as they try to save their Republican brand. In a giving spirit of the season, we offer a couple observations to our friends across the aisle.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 27, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY
    There’s been no shortage of generosity this holiday season. Las Vegas police went door to door delivering toys and food baskets in several neighborhoods last week. Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club distributed countless toys to children on its own. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Association also bought clothing and toys for needy children this year. And that’s just scratching the surface. We’re lucky to live in a community where people care about one another.

    THUMBS UP! A GOOD PICK

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 27, 2013