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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 23, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Wind energy has taken flight

    Travel across the Texas Panhandle and you’ll see the evidence of an up-and-coming industry that’s making Bob Dylan prophetic. “The answer is blowing in the wind.”

    Earlier this month I traveled the 175-mile stretch of Interstate 40 that spans the northwestern reaches of Texas, and was impressed by the sheer number of wind turbines that cover the landscape.

  • Letter to the Editor - June 23, 2017

    Mora Co-op vote
    (NOTE: The Mora Electric Co-op’s annual meeting is Saturday at the MHS gym, with registration from 9 a.m. to noon).

    My name is Jerome Lucero and I am a retired Electrical Engineer whose background includes working for Public Service Company of Colorado for approximately 28 years. In addition, I was the General Manager For the Mora San Miguel Electric Cooperative from April of 2005 to April of 2006, but as is the case in Northern New Mexico, I only lasted as the Manager for one year.

  • ‘Poor’ Eric Trump

    By Connie Schultz, professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism, author and wife of Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

    Recently, the president’s second-eldest son went on national television and dropped all pretense of what we knew had never happened anyway.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 21, 2017
  • Work of Art: These titles are scrambled

    Back in the olden days, news used to arrive via some very loud, hot, clickety-clackety Teletype machines that seemed to operate with an invisible typist. In reality, someone in the paper’s main bureau was writing and rewriting the day’s news, which arrived locally on sometimes-unattended machines.

    The Optic had its own Teletype machine, and back in the days when delivery of the hot topics from the local sources was spotty, we used much more “wire” copy, that is, news with out-of-area datelines.

  • Drug prices should be lower — in theory

    This editorial was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 9.

    One issue where most Americans — 76 percent of them — find common ground is the high price of prescription drugs.

    President Donald Trump campaigned on the issue and since his inauguration repeatedly has promised to bring drug prices down. Most Democrats and many Republicans in Congress agree. So why has nothing happened?

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 18, 2017