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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas — the Sisters of Loretto

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    An organized system of formal education in New Mexico was non-existent until the late 1800s. In fact, Gov. Albino Pérez was more than just rebuffed when he proposed a tax levy in 1837 to help fund a system of public education — he was beheaded.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 15, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, on Robin Williams (Aug. 12):

  • Letters to the Editor - Aug. 15, 2014

    School Priorities
    “Wouldn’t it be nice if schools allocated their budgets first to the classroom, and then what’s left to administration? Teachers could be given good salaries, good enough to attract and keep the best.
    Classrooms could be supplied with the best books, materials, and supplies. Students could graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to land a good job (somewhere) and have enough to support themselves and a future family.

  • Make work mandatory

    The food stamp program is an important safety net aimed at ensuring that those who are down on their luck don’t go hungry.

    According to an Associated Press story published in last Wednesday’s Optic, 420,000 New Mexicans receive food stamps, with roughly half of them being children. The average benefit is $265 a month, which really isn’t a lot considering the cost of food these days.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 13, 2014
  • Work of Art: The rule of threes

    Going through my Facebook pages — a routine I follow almost every night — I came across the news that Robin Williams, 63, that comic genius has died; he committed suicide through asphyxiation, the early reports say.

    By “came across the news,” I played down the expression. It’s not as if I simply stumbled across that bit of news: It’s all over Facebook, and on virtually every TV channel, and certainly on the next day’s front pages of newspapers.

  • Support for open primaries

    It appears that reason is finally beginning to prevail on the issue of closed primaries in this state.

    You may recall that back in June a lawsuit was filed challenging the current system, in which only registered Democrats and Republicans are allowed to vote in state primaries. Albuquerque lawyers David Crum and J. Edward Hollington are arguing that New Mexico’s primary election system is unconstitutional because it denies the basic right to vote to a large number of voters in our state.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 11, 2014