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Today's Opinions

  • Looking at half of the sun

    I was astonished to find the Public Regulation Commission’s voting results on the production of solar energy in New Mexico. It’s amazing to know that New Jersey currently creates more solar energy than we do already, but now that 1 kilowatt-hour of solar energy is worth two credits, it cuts our value of solar energy production in half. This vote has just made the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard of reaching 15 percent by 2015 seem impossible.

  • PRC erred in altering energy credit rules

    Should a student receive double the credit for doing the minimum work required? If not, why should utility companies be allowed to?

    On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the Public Regulation Commission adjusted a rule allowing companies to receive double, and even triple the credit of a “Renewable Energy Certificate” for using renewable energy resources such as solar, biomass, and geothermal energy. Instead of a 1:1 ratio of one credit per 1 kilowatt-hour of renewable energy, companies will receive more certificates for using the same amount of renewable energy.

  • Another bizarre twist

    We are troubled by the revelation last week that the state Human Services Department altered a behavioral health audit report to remove a conclusion that auditors found “no credible allegations of fraud” in a review of 15 providers under investigation.

    State Auditor Hector Balderas stumbled onto the alteration recently while comparing the audit report he was given with a heavily redacted audit report released last month by Attorney General Gary King.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 4, 2013
  • Work of Art — What’s your angle?

    Here’s a huge admission: Remember that time an incensed seventh- and eighth-grade homeroom teacher at Immaculate Conception School mockingly said, “One student even gave this answer when I asked you students to draw three kinds of angles.”

    The nun drew a couple of lines, one of them pointing to the left. She waited for classroom reaction, which in seconds produced the desired collective shaking of students’ heads and a whispered, “What a loser!”

  • Go, Cardinals!

    By Optic Editorial Board

    As the visiting team, the Robertson High School Cardinals have been defeating the opposition ­— getting revenge over teams they previously lost to. They’ve won over St. Mikes, and more recently, Taos. This Saturday, Dec. 7, they will host Silver in the state finals.

    Here’s hoping another state football championship is heading this way for the Cardinals.
     

  • Toughen standards

    By Optic Editorial Board

    By its very nature, college isn’t — or ought not be — for everybody, and for those who complete a college degree, it’s an honor and a valuable tool for future financial success.

    Accordingly, one means to finance a course of study in college, in any of New Mexico’s state-supported institutions of higher learning, has been provided by the Lottery Scholarships, available to new freshmen.

  • Another Perspective — Obamacare benefits many

    By Joanne Sprenger

    The newest sport in the United States today seems to be Obama bashing. Our society has been divided into haves and have-nots. The most vocal are the haves (secure jobs with paid health insurance.) When are we going to hear from the have-nots? People with no jobs, or even part-time, low-skilled jobs which carry no paid insurance are not making headlines in our newspapers or on television.