https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 26, 2019 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/thumbs-our-high-country-lowdown-news-april-26-2019 <p> <strong>THUMBS UP:</strong> BRAVE LIKE BROOKLYN<br /> Brooklyn Aragon shows us what kinds of challenges a young person can overcome. The Highlands University biochemistry major is set to complete a paid competitive summer internship at the National Institutes of Health in the Washington, D.C. area this summer.<br /> Aragon said by age 11, she had lost both of her parents to drug addiction. She said she was very lucky to have her grandmother, Mary, to raise her, helping her make the honor roll regularly at West Las Vegas Middle School.<br /> Read the report; reach your own conclusions https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/read-report-reach-your-own-conclusions <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mcdonaldtom.image__75.jpeg" alt="Tom McDonald" title="Tom McDonald" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> If Donald Trump wants to convince the public that the Mueller report vindicates him, he needs to keep us from reading the report ourselves.</p> <p> Or even part of it. Just a couple of hours of reading its summaries and conclusions (which I did over the weekend, and look forward to reading it entirely when time permits) will leave you seriously concerned about Russian meddling and downright disgusted with how badly Trump has behaved since taking office.</p> Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 26 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-friday-april-26 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/4_26_19_cartoon.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 26</p> Great Easter occasions https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/great-easter-occasions <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/artnewest_32.jpg" alt="Art Trujillo" title="Art Trujillo" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t look a day over 90!&rdquo; Yes, I&rsquo;ve heard that before, usually from well-meaning acquaintances that believe they must inject a bit of humor into well-wishes.</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s what happened:</p> Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 24 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-wednesday-april-24 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/4_24_19_cartoon.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 24</p> Offending others in your daily life https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/offending-others-your-daily-life <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kraftricknew_52.jpg" alt="Rick Kraft" title="Rick Kraft" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> When you have a mouthful of steaming hot coffee, whatever you do next is wrong!</p> <p> I think of this from time to time when I find myself in a position when whatever happens next is not going to be good. There are times when we find ourselves in places in life where there are no good options. Our challenge in these situations is to find the least worst choice.</p> Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 21 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-sunday-april-21 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/4_21_cartoon.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 21</p> This is what New Mexico success looks like https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/what-new-mexico-success-looks <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lundstrom_rep_patricia_cymk.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> The results of the 2019 legislative session are evidence of what can happen when your elected leaders work together to serve the people of New Mexico.</p> <p> Together, the executive, the House, and the Senate developed a spending plan, essentially intact after the governor&rsquo;s partial vetoes, that prioritizes those issues most important to New Mexicans and effectively addresses the concerns of the lawsuit that successfully challenged the adequacy of New Mexico schools.</p>