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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 27, 2016
  • Thumbs May 27, 2016

    MAKING ITS MARK

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Extrapolating insights from census data

    It’s amazing what you can learn about a place from its numbers.

    U.S. Census Bureau numbers, that is. If you’ve never linked into its Quick Facts data, you don’t know what you’re missing.

    For example, from this data I can tell you that when compared to our three big neighbors to the west, north and east — Arizona, Colorado and Texas — New Mexico is the widest of the wide-open country that makes up the American Southwest.

  • Editorial: Get your kid to read

    Summer vacation is almost here. But there’s a downside to the nearly three-month summer break that students are about to begin.

    It’s called the summer slide, a well-documented phenomenon where students lose reading proficiency during the summer months. It happens because so many students abandon books during the summer in favor of television, sports, X-box and other things. 

    The decline in reading proficiency is a serious problem, one that parents and everyone else who cares about children should be aware of.  There is a simple solution.

  • A work of Art: Going extremely high tech

    Just when I thought it was safe to close the chapter on the topic of homeless mendicants in the Meadow City, I received a report that I once thought would happen only in the movies.

    And though I’ve admitted in at least two previous columns that I’m one of the biggest offenders with my enabling, sympathizing, empathizing, mealy-mouthing, dollar-giving manner, it’s possible that I’ll come across today as being critical of those who camp near restaurant entrances an gas station to beg for money.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: A good friend makes all the difference

    Day One of our Route 66 adventure in January 2015 had its stops and starts. When visiting Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, N.C., I had purchased the book on tape “Abraham Lincoln: the Prairie Years.” I had always intended to read Sandburg’s definitive biography so now we would cross the prairie listening to his words. By the second CD, I couldn’t bear the narrator’s raspy voice.

  • Editorial Cartoon: May 22, 2016
  • Editorial : Give teens an opportunity this summer

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Minot (North Dakota) Daily News  and was originally published on May 16.

    It’s not a groundbreaking observation to point out that many businesses are very much in need of good employees...