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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Definitions for our time

    Let’s define some terms, by definition and contemporary implication. With each word or phrase I’ll give at least part of its dictionary definition (according to dictionary.com), followed by a little commentary on what the word means in the here-and-now.

  • Letter to the Editor - Dec. 2, 2016

    Letters send hope

    Last year, during the Light Parade, people wrote over 100 cards to a small group from many nations whose basic human rights were being violated.

  • Fighting addiction

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Commercial Appeal  of Tennessee and was originally published on Nov. 22.

    Memphis has joined the fight against substance abuse in a big way with the unveiling last week of the nation’s first center of excellence in addiction medicine.

    The Center for Addiction Science at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine is the first to receive the center of excellence recognition from The Addiction Medicine Foundation, based in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 30, 2016
  • Work of Art: Where did we get that word?

    Almost daily we come across — and many of us even use — familiar expressions that, when you come to think about them, really defy explanation.

    As a person who’s made a living by using words, I confess I’m one of the biggest offenders; that is, I often use expression that I feel comfortable with and that I’ve heard before, but seldom am able to explain why I used such terms.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 27, 2016
  • Facebook Fake news

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Free Press of Mankato (Minn.) and was originally published on Nov. 16.

    Facebook and Google have a “fake news” problem. Other people invent some sort of nonsense and scam social media and search engines into promoting it.

    It was particularly evident late in the presidential campaign. “You can text your vote and avoid the lines!” ‘’Trump wins popular vote!” ‘’Pope Francis endorses Trump!”

  • Straight from the City: ‘Waste not’

    Sludge. It’s really not a glamorous topic. But on the other hand, any farmer can tell you it’s the earthy things that are the most fertile.

    The city’s wastewater department is doing good things with sludge.

    Used to be, the sludge by-product of our wastewater treatment system was wet, and heavy, and city employees were hauling it out to the airport by semi truck to dump it, 12 to 20 times a week.