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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - May 29, 2016

    Winkel guest column right on the money
    I applaud the guest column by Carol Winkel in the May 22 edition of the Optic. She is absolutely correct when she proposes changes in school administration and classroom management. In order to create a learning atmosphere it is imperative the classroom be student-centered and not goal- oriented. 

  • Just a Thought: The fable of six blind men and an elephant

    By Rick Kraft

    Perception is reality to the beholder. Good or bad, right or wrong, our perceptions control us. We make decisions based upon how we perceive things. Unfortunately, many of our perceptions are wrong.

    Oftentimes we become defensive of our perceptions. We are confident that our perception is accurate.  What we don’t realize is that we don’t see the entire picture.

  • Editorial Roundup — May 29, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star (May 20):

    Cool the transgender fight.

    On the spectrum of human sexuality, transgender kids are probably the smallest, most vulnerable minority.
    It’s sad to see that they have become ground zero in the nation’s ongoing culture war.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 27, 2016
  • Thumbs May 27, 2016

    MAKING ITS MARK

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Extrapolating insights from census data

    It’s amazing what you can learn about a place from its numbers.

    U.S. Census Bureau numbers, that is. If you’ve never linked into its Quick Facts data, you don’t know what you’re missing.

    For example, from this data I can tell you that when compared to our three big neighbors to the west, north and east — Arizona, Colorado and Texas — New Mexico is the widest of the wide-open country that makes up the American Southwest.

  • Editorial: Get your kid to read

    Summer vacation is almost here. But there’s a downside to the nearly three-month summer break that students are about to begin.

    It’s called the summer slide, a well-documented phenomenon where students lose reading proficiency during the summer months. It happens because so many students abandon books during the summer in favor of television, sports, X-box and other things. 

    The decline in reading proficiency is a serious problem, one that parents and everyone else who cares about children should be aware of.  There is a simple solution.

  • A work of Art: Going extremely high tech

    Just when I thought it was safe to close the chapter on the topic of homeless mendicants in the Meadow City, I received a report that I once thought would happen only in the movies.

    And though I’ve admitted in at least two previous columns that I’m one of the biggest offenders with my enabling, sympathizing, empathizing, mealy-mouthing, dollar-giving manner, it’s possible that I’ll come across today as being critical of those who camp near restaurant entrances an gas station to beg for money.