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Opinion

  • Letters addressing candidates for any New Mexico office in the June 5 primary election must be received by the Optic by Wednesday, May 30, 5 p.m.

    Letters received after this time will be published after the June 5 election.

  • THUMBS DOWN: HIRE QUALIFIED CITY STAFF, QUICKLY

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón seemed to have a point in delaying the appointment of permanent replacements for the city directors after several vacancies arose within the past six months. However, those delays were only meant to take into account Council seat changes from the March 6 election.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 25, 2018.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

  • THUMBS UP: MORA MOMENTUM?
    After Jarrod Duran caught the final out of Friday’s 12-2 win over No. 1 seed Mesilla Valley Christian, he ran toward the Isotopes Park infield to celebrate with his state-champion Mora Ranger teammates.

    Hopefully, Mora’s first state title in baseball is a sign of more impressive non-sports accomplishments in the years ahead.
    Mora’s love for hoops is well-known, and its cross country and volleyball success, coupled with baseball, show both a fighting spirit and a knowledge of the game.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 18, 2018.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

  •  Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 13, 2017.

  • THUMBS DOWN: SO MUCH WINNING
    Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron had more than enough time, within state statute, to plan an organizational meeting, and, according to the 2010 City Charter, could have held the meeting at Wednesday’s work session. Instead, the mayor chose to schedule a meeting on a Friday evening, when three councilors had already made plans to go out of town, and then blamed the councilors for not attending.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 11, 2018.

  •  Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 6, 2018.

  • THUMBS UP: DOCUMENT THE EVIDENCE
    Dozens of San Miguel and Mora county residents call the Optic each month with reports of perceived or suspected government wrongdoing. David G. Romero not only took matters into his own hands, he began a paper trail of documentation that he wasn’t even required to compile.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 29, 2018.

  • THUMBS UP: PRAISE COPS FOR DEFUSING
    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, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 27, 2018.

  • THUMBS DOWN: COMMUNICATE, DON’T REPLICATE
    Three wonderful, important, family-oriented cultural opportunities are all scheduled to happen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  They all deserve a thumb UP, but the fact that they are scheduled at the same time — more or less — on the same day, drives some folks crazy.