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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Small-town graduates will leave; a few will come back

    About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye.

    The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young men and women will be staying in or returning to their hometown, simply because the opportunities they seek aren’t there.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My first college graduation

    By Beth Urech

    Don’t get me wrong. I graduated from college, but I didn’t attend the ceremony.

    That’s why my first graduation was at Highlands University on Saturday, May 13, 2017. As I entered the Wilson Complex, families were parading in. All dressed up. Little girls in party dresses with hair elegantly braided. Little boys in white shirts and new combat boots.

  • What are we honoring?

    The following editorial was published in the New York Times on May 9.

    The Confederate-flag-waving white supremacist who murdered nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church two years ago made it impossible to evade the fact that the banner — and Confederate ideology generally — had been a rallying point for white supremacy and racial terrorism for more than 100 years.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 17, 2017
  • Work of Art: We’re going for Round 2

    We’ve done it again. Or, to be a bit more accurate, let me change that to “We’ve almost done it again.”

    I refer to our second round of hosting young people from far away as our foreign exchange students. The last round, we kept two girls from across the Atlantic, for almost 10 months. They spent the school year enrolled at West Las Vegas High School and stayed an extra month because their schools, in Spain and Belgium, respectively, run weeks later than most American schools.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - I’m scared to death

    By Beth Urech

    I’m scared to death! Well, not literally. But panic-mode for sure. Maybe an anxiety attack lurking at the lectern. Why do we get stricken with fear when we are in the spotlight?

    Germans say “Lampenfieber.” A fever of the lights.”Miedo escénico” en español.

  • Help with student loans

    The following editorial was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 6:

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has withdrawn Obama administration guidance that would have required the companies that service federal student loans to accept consumer-protection clauses as part of their new contracts.

    But if the servicers don’t want to serve borrowers, maybe Congress should remove the servicers from the system.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 14, 2017