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Today's Opinions

  • Pity the comma chasers

    I pity today’s comma chasers. They’re (we’re) the ones whose job is tantamount to digging a dozen 6-by-6-by-6 holes with a dull shovel in the hot Fort Bliss sun, in August.

    But first, let’s make it clear that: The term comma chaser doesn’t refer solely to that tiny punctuation mark but is a generic term for editors and teachers, and even parents who look over their kids’ homework.

  • True conservative turns; that’s news

    The following editorial originally appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    In the days since Sen. Bob Corker, a no-nonsense Tennessee Republican, warned that President Donald Trump’s erratic behavior could lead the nation into World War III, not a single one of his colleagues has uttered a word.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

  • Why is college enrollment declining?

    From the Highlands President — Dr. Sam Minner

    College enrollment across our nation is in decline. Since 2011, overall enrollment in the U.S. has declined about 9 percent.

    Unfortunately, New Mexico’s decline is one the steepest in the nation. Here in New Mexico, we went from a 2011 total head count of 96,860 in all of our institutions to last year’s headcount of 86,883.

  • Worrying life away in a rocking chair

    It has been said that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair rocking away hour after hour after hour.

    You can burn a lot of time and you can burn a lot of energy, but after you are through, you end up right where you started from. Time and energy are both precious commodities we have in limited quantities.

    What we put our time and our energy into defines the lives we live. They determine our story. There are definitely better investments that we can pour ourselves into than rocking away in a rocking chair.

  • Don’t forget to scream it

    There are a ton of serious issues to tackle in the world. We should tackle as many as we can, collectively and individually, and we should take some time to have some fun once in a while.

    Judging by how hard some folks “work” at having a good time, it isn’t necessary to remind them to stop and have fun. For the rest, we let them know it’s very important to pursue where their tax money goes — but it’s also important to think about Dokken.

  • Letters to the editor, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

    N.M. Dems' resolutions

    The New Mexico Democratic Party held its 2017 Fall State Central Committee meeting at New Mexico Highlands University on Oct. 7. Democrats from all over New Mexico convened in Las Vegas to debate and vote on resolutions placed before the Committee.

    Of interest to educators are the three resolutions that were voted on and passed at the meeting. 

    One resolution is a move to end overloaded classroom sizes for kindergarten through high school.

  • The glass is half full in the Meadow City

    Beth Speaks for Herself — By Beth Urech

    Is it coincidental that the Delta Institute’s panelists sat in front of a huge sepia-toned photograph of the devastating Chicago fire as they spoke about equitable and ethical ways to build community?

    I could almost smell the smoke. In fact, Naomi Cole of Eco-Disticts, who is based in Portland, Oregon, lamented, “For months we have suffered forest fires. Hazy skies. We cannot breathe.”