https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Why’s a free press important? https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/why%E2%80%99s-free-press-important <p> If the best disinfectant is sunshine, it&rsquo;s important to remember that preventive medicine is just as effective as curing diseases.</p> <p> A free press doesn&rsquo;t simply exist to help weed out corrupt or ill-intentioned people and practices from our government and the business world. It&rsquo;s also the watchdog that helps shape the way business is conducted and the degree of honesty and number of rules followed &mdash; simply by being present and asking questions.</p> Why’s a free press important? https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/why%E2%80%99s-free-press-important <p> If the best disinfectant is sunshine, it&rsquo;s important to remember that preventive medicine is just as effective as curing diseases.</p> <p> A free press doesn&rsquo;t simply exist to help weed out corrupt or ill-intentioned people and practices from our government and the business world. It&rsquo;s also the watchdog that helps shape the way business is conducted and the degree of honesty and number of rules followed &mdash; simply by being present and asking questions.</p> Simplifying your world by downsizing https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/simplifying-your-world-downsizing <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kraftricknew_20.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> We all have too much stuff. We have things we don&rsquo;t touch in years that are just taking up space. As a side note, I am writing this column to myself, but I thought I would share with you my advice to me!</p> <p> I have a theory. It is called the &ldquo;Kraft&rsquo;s Theory of Space.&rdquo; It will never be as famous as Newton&rsquo;s Theory of Relativity or Charles Darwin&rsquo;s Theory of Evolution, but it seems to be a theory that is accurate almost without exception.</p> Editorial cartoon, Sunday, August 19, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-sunday-august-19-2018 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8_19_18_cartoon.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /> Writing for laughter and brotherly love https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/writing-laughter-and-brotherly-love <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mcdonaldtom.image__40.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> I always thought I was funnier than my brother. Then I gave him a column in my newspaper and he turns out to be more humorous than I.</p> <p> Who woulda thunk it?</p> <p> My older brother Don, a psychiatrist who lives in Memphis, Tenn., has been writing a humor column for The Guadalupe County Communicator since December, when I bought the newspaper. And, surprisingly, he&rsquo;s developed a bit of a following.</p> <p> A huge following, my tall-tale-telling brother will undoubtedly say, but I&rsquo;m trying to keep it real.</p> Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, August 16, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/thumbs-our-high-country-lowdown-news-august-16-2018 <p> <strong><strong>THUMBS UP:</strong> </strong><strong>IT TAKES A TASK FORCE<br /> </strong>Many realms of government and private industry could take lessons from how well law enforcement agencies work together in some cases. While the general public doesn&rsquo;t usually hear about the struggles working together and communicating behind the scenes, and how ineffective task forces might be the groups who don&rsquo;t make news at all, it&rsquo;s great to see what happens when it works well.</p> Editorial cartoon, Friday, August 17, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-friday-august-17-2018 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8_17_18_cartoon.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="110" height="85" /> It’s chile, not chili https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/it%E2%80%99s-chile-not-chili <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/art_trujillo_mug_16.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> Two area daily newspapers generously touted the (early) arrival of green chile. The Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican both had photos of people roasting and eating that delicious stuff.</p> <p> So appealing have these articles been that I&rsquo;m now appealing to our lead reporter to provide equal coverage in the Optic to local pealing and roasting of green chile.</p>