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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - And what’s so funny?

    What’s so funny? John Adams, a long-time member of the Highlands University English Department, often asked me that between classes at Mortimer Hall.

    Unlike several other members of the Humanities faculty of yesteryear, Adams was an 8-to-5-er. If not in class, he was in his office. Therefore, he heard every giggle and chuckle that emanated from my journalism and speech classes down the hall.

  • Thorough probe needed

    There’s no denying that the signs of abuse and neglect were there long before 9-year-old Omaree Varela of Albuquerque died, allegedly at the hands of his mother.

    The boy was kicked to death on Dec. 27, and police have arrested 38-year-old Synthia Varela-Casaus on a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

    The tragic death has raised questions about whether authorities — specifically police, the Albuquerque district attorney’s office and state Children, Youth and Families Department caseworkers — dropped the ball.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Jan. 13, 2014
  • Editorial Cartoons - Jan. 13, 2014
  • Another Perspective - Capital outlay reforms needed

    New Mexico’s haphazard process of annually awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to state agencies, and to city, county and tribal governments, for special projects wastes tax dollars on projects that are not ready to be built, are not integrated into an overall plan, cannot be properly maintained or will not be managed by a financially responsible entity.

    The good news is that all of these problems can be fixed.

  • Nuestra Historia: DA charges regents, arrest warrants issued

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    On May 20, 1970, the day after Charles Graham was appointed Highlands University president by Regents John D. Robb, Stuart Beck and Frank Peloso, criminal charges were filed against the three regents by Las Vegas District Attorney Donaldo “Tiny” Martinez, and warrants were issued for their arrest.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 10, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS
    City police dispatchers received 10 different calls early Saturday morning from people reporting gunshots throughout the city. City police were able to get to the area where it was happening in time to arrest two men in a maroon truck that matched the description given to one of the officers by a witness. One of those bullets could have easily hit and killed an unsuspecting bystander.

    THUMBS DOWN! FLU SEASON HITTING NEW MEXICO HARD

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 10, 2014