Today's Opinions

  • Just a Thought: How to simplify your Christmas season

    Christmas has become a complex time of the year. It has developed too many moving parts. Decorating the house inside and out, Black Friday, buying the right gifts, hiding gifts, wrapping gifts, Christmas cards, maxing out credit cards, cleaning the house or making travel plans, planning meals, and the list goes on and on.

    It has become a season that includes broad emotional swings. High stress over getting everything done that needs to get done followed by a great joy of having family gathered together.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 27, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Concord (N.H.) Monitor on on climate change deal (Dec. 15):

    This past weekend’s climate change deal was labeled by world leaders as “historic,” ‘’transformative” and “a victory for the planet.” These may be true. But it really should be framed in terms any good capitalist could appreciate— the agreement represents the biggest business opportunity of a generation.

  • Editorial Cartoon Dec. 25, 2015
  • Thumbs- Dec. 25, 2015

    A $438,000 GRANT
    USDA’s rural development program has awarded a $438,715 grant to Highlands University to install state-of-the-art distance learning classrooms at Diné College. Because of the grant, Navajo students at Diné College will be able to earn media arts degrees from Highlands. This is a great opportunity for both Highlands and Diné College, and they owe it all to people like Terry Brunner, USDA state director of rural development for New Mexico.


  • Memories much better than gifts

    Editor’s note: The original version of this column was published in 2012 in the Las Vegas Optic. It’s being distributed with permission and has been updated for 2015.

    In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read somewhere that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I’d be surprised if it’s anywhere close to the money we Americans spend for the yuletide.

  • Editorial cartoon - Dec. 23. 2015
  • Christmas arrives early

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Free Press of Mankato, Minn., and was originally published last Friday.

    Americans got an early Christmas gift with Congress on the verge of approving a bipartisan budget deal that keeps tax cuts in place and keeps the government running through Sept. 30.

    No threats of a Grinch-like shutdown. No plans to cut off the poor and the elderly or the children on the Island of Misfit Toys. No plans to cut tax breaks for oil companies.

  • A work of Art: Jump into the Equator?

    In the same way that the Dallas Cowboys are “the team America loves to hate,” my older brother, Severino instilled that feeling in me long before I’d even heard of that pro team from Texas.

    I spent my pre-teens dreaming up diabolical schemes to get even.