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Today's Opinions

  • #meToo: Men can just listen

    In 2003, filmmaker Michael Moore spoke to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd, mostly University of New Mexico students, at Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall. He took some questions, including one about abortion.

    Moore opined that he regularly “exercises his right shut the (expletive) up,” and lets women make their own decisions about their bodies and physical and mental health.

    There are plenty of helpful tasks men can complete to help further the“#MeToo” movement. One of those tasks is to be quiet and listen.

  • Find your destiny here in New Mexico

    As Aristotle is purported to have said, “Where your talents and the world’s needs meet, there you will find your destiny.”      

    This year three women who have found their destiny in New Mexico each received $1000 from the Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women, which annually awards scholarships to nontraditional female students studying at Highlands University.

  • Unhappy people produce unhappy people

    By Rick Kraft

    One crab in a bucket without a lid will climb up the side of the bucket and escape. If there are two or more crabs in the bucket, there is no need for a lid.

    You see, a single crab will see the opportunity of escape above and will climb upwards and succeed in reaching the top. You need to put a lid or cover on the top of the bucket to keep the single crab from getting out. If you have two or more crabs in the bucket, you need no lid. None of the crabs will be able to escape.

  • Symbols, statues, ‘taking a knee,’ and Oñate’s foot

    For the last 29 years of my teaching career, I taught social anthropology in an international school. Our students came from as many as 85 different nations; the ethnic mix of students.

    What I faced in each new class was unpredictable and often presented new challenges in communication. Along with my students, I constantly faced the task of finding mutual understanding among people from very diverse backgrounds, apparently randomly thrown together.

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2018

    DACA vs. 40 acres

    Reporter Alice L. Wagoner certainly has issues with what was the Democratic party in the days of Lincoln, etc. At that time the Democratic party was made up of Southerners and later morphed into the Republican Party.

    Gen. Sherman made an unfounded promise not backed by law. DACA students have been here without having a say-so about immigration to this country — they were babies, for the most part.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

  • Thumbs: Our high-country lowdown on the news, March 9, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: LET THE BRACKETS BE
    One of the troubles with having a seeded state basketball tournament is that it leads to complaining from adults and kids alike about the process — especially if one seed makes the difference in a road trip spanning hundreds of miles.
    These complaints — whether voiced at games, to Optic staff or on social media, are often overheard by players and coaches.