Today's Opinions

  • A major victory for forest communities

    By Sen. Martin Heinrich

    Many of us in New Mexico are fortunate to have a national forest right outside our backyard. We rely on these forests for drinking water and firewood, to fill our freezers, and to support our outdoor recreation economy.

    However, as temperatures heat up and we enter fire season after a particularly dry winter, we are also acutely aware that some of our forests are still recovering from historic wildfires and that all of them face imminent threats of destructive fires. We know the weight of the loss these disasters carry.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Question the news

    Three parents whose children were killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are fighting the unconscionable fake news denying these murders.I believe all of us have to take responsibility to call out the fake news we are assailed with every day!

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 29, 2018.

  • Reflecting on a much simpler childhood

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I grew up on them. They were the first thing I learned to make in the kitchen. That and a glass of milk. Microwaves hadn’t been invented yet.

    Playing basketball on a dirt patch in our back yard. That’s where I learned to dribble and shoot with one hand.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 27, 2018

    Sunday’s Optic featured a story, based on police reports and court documents, about a man who was armed with a knife who was taken into custody. Despite the suspect continuing to reach behind his back as he ignored a Las Vegas Police officer’s commands and walked toward the officer, who drew his weapon, the suspect was taken into custody without any shots fired or any apparent major injury to anyone.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 27, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 27, 2018.

  • How many are we, really?

    Tuning in to election results a few years back, I suddenly wondered how the radio management ever expected listeners to glean the vote tallies the way the partial results were being spilled out.

    I was passing through another New Mexico town at the time, and I tuned in the radio station. The on-duty announcer rattled off something like this:
    “Jones now has 113 votes; Smith has 257; Brown has 412; and Martinez has 73.” How much more complicated could the radioman have made this spilling out of the votes so far?

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.