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Today's Opinions

  • Paying homage of the gods of our 21st century

    Dispatch New Mexico

    I’ve been thinking about God lately.

    The Supreme Being is important to me, because I don’t want this to be all there is. The idea that there’s nothing beyond my one life is just too much pressure. I don’t know how Trump can stand it.

    Here in the 21st century, we worship many gods. New-and-improved gods, straight off the showroom floor, built to redeem us in our modern existence. I think we finally figured out that being saved is only fun if you sin your way in.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 29, 2017

    CHILES AREN’T JUST FOR DINNER PLATES

    Despite a minimal amount of fanfare, the new New Mexico license plates are appearing on numerous vehicles in the Meadow City.

    Most of them begin with two or three capital letters. The markings are bright and clear. And the message on the plates correctly refers to us as the chile (NEVER end this word with an “I”) capital of the world. And it shows both red and green varieties, punctuating the Christmas theme. Look around for a few dozen of these plates.

  • Turkey for you; turkey for me

    Work of Art, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Call a person a turkey, and you might be using fighting words. But I can make an exception and even construe the moniker as a compliment.

    Let me explain:

    My mother, Marie, served two two-year terms as San Miguel County Treasurer back in the early ‘60s. It was customary (maybe it still is) for bankers to gift elected officials on Thanksgiving for their services. Mom died early this century and is therefore unable to explain things in detail.

  • Get state to honor compact

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Rio Grande Sun. ESPANOLA — Where’s Lonesome Dave Cargo when you need him? The late former New Mexico governor always had the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad’s back when it came to dealing with pinheads in Santa Fe.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wedenesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

  • Optic Editorial:Relief work can be done here, too

    There are plenty of charitable causes in the 505 and 575 area codes.

    If there are resources available to send people and/or supplies to the Gulf Coast for hurricane relief, there are dollars and man hours and cans of beans to donate to Las Vegas — or at least within New Mexico.

  • Come celebrate the Gallinas River next weekend

    We’re having a party on Saturday, Sept. 30! Recently, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance was awarded $315,000 from the River Stewardship Program at the NM Environment Department to restore healthy conditions to the Gallinas River between Bridge St. and Prince St.

    This $315,000 development is something to celebrate!

    Later in this article, you can learn details about this exciting project, but now let’s get a taste of what to expect when you meander down to the south side of Bridge Street along the Riverwalk between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Maneuvering into and out of storms

    Just a Thought, by Rick Kraft

    We are always in one of three spots in our lives: moving into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or moving out of a storm.

    Bottom line, storms happen to each one of us. They come with living life.

    Accept this fact. Some storms are bigger than others. The storms we encounter may arise from our immediate family such as our relationship with our spouse or children. They may arise from our extended family such as our parents, grandparents, or in-laws.