Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

  • Some rules for retirement

    Our area’s oldest and longest-term residents have earned our respect and our admiration.

    They have the life experience, often specific career-field skills and, often, a working knowledge of their community and its history. We appreciate their contributions and rely on their leadership and passing along lessons — both positive examples and stories of mistakes to avoid repeating.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 3, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

  • What is it that breaks your heart?

    By Rick Kraft

    What gets your emotions going? What is it that you can not look the other way from? What causes you to stop your world and feel passionate about?

    Humans are emotional animals. That is the way God made us. We ride up and down on a roller coaster of emotions in our daily lives.
    We may wake up in the morning happy that it is a weekend, stressed because of something at work, concerned about a family issue, angry because of a tragedy in national news, or disappointed over something bad that happened yesterday.

  • Enough with the ‘best in show’

    Recent complaints to the Optic about how multiple local school districts handled the process of determining valedictorian and/or salutatorian have reminded us of how high school has become competitive in the worst of ways — pitting classmates, neighbors and their families against each other.

    It’s time for all New Mexico school districts to rid themselves of this extra layer of competitive tracking — one that’s an ongoing headache for districts and one that adds nothing in preparing students for the world they already know to be competitive.

  • Helping the oil and gas industry frack Mora County

    By John Olivas

    In her latest missive about the state of affairs in Mora County (“Protecting Mora County from Fracking,” May 17, 2018), Commissioner Paula Garcia again attempts to rewrite history around efforts by residents to stop oil and gas drilling in Mora County.

    As the Chairman of the Mora County Commissioners during the time period about which she writes, however, my vantage point is much different.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, June 3, 2018

    I am that leader

    When New Mexico and Arizona were first granted statehood, the federal  government established land offices to pay for education.
    While Arizona was paid directly out of the state land revenue, New Mexico was considered too brown and uneducated to handle a large asset.

    We were constitutionally  mandated to spend part of the interest earned off the non-renewables  “common schools” fund for our beneficiaries.

  • Three primary races set the stage

    Here we are, on the eve of New Mexico’s primary elections, which will set the stage for November’s general election.

    There are races galore around our state, from local county races to the titanic contests for the top, and soon we’ll be able to analyze the partisan moods of the electorate by the collective decisions made.