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Today's Opinions

  • As state riddled with problems, focus is on the nation

    I don’t think I’m alone in being more concerned about our nation than our state these days.

    Sure, New Mexico is riddled with problems. Our unemployment rate is the one of highest in the nation. Our poverty rate is one of the worst. And our schools — the greatest hope we have for a better future — are either underperforming or falling apart (see Anton Chico, where a new school building is cracking up, literally).

  • Letter to the Editor, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

    Well-regulated

    “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” is in Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States of America, adopted in 1789 and revised in 1992.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

  • Thoughts, prayers are not enough

    This editorial, by Kyle Land, recently appeared in the New Mexico Daily Lobo.

    Three years after his son, Daniel, was murdered in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mark Barden said on “Entertainment Weekly,” “Thoughts and prayers and moments of silence are not enough.”

    This is the mindset America should have when tackling the epidemic of gun violence. Thoughts and prayers do not prevent gun violence. Legislation does.

  • Do we ‘plant’ eggplant?

    Work of Art

    A few weeks ago, this column introduced the two foreign exchange students who are spending the school year with us. One student, Tookta, comes from Thailand; the other, Kitty, is from China.

    Our main objective is to help them learn English as well as American ways, which they seem to be acquiring through their enrollment at Robertson High School. I believe that part of their indoctrination is in providing food we think they’ll enjoy. And the counterpart involves our becoming more familiar with what people eat in China and Thailand.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

  • You, too, can become a ‘Getaway’ parent

    Back in February 2015, Mark and I took a tour of Montezuma Castle led by UWC-USA students from Israel, Palestine, Romania and The Netherlands.

    That afternoon re-awakened my passion for communicating with people from different countries and cultures. That’s what UWC-USA is all about.

    As you know, my children were born and educated in multi-cultural Switzerland. When Thomas’s 4th grade teacher suggested an international lunch, classmates brought specialities from Pakistan, Spain, Israel, The Netherlands, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland.

  • Unknowingly controlled by strangers

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    We are controlled by strangers whom we will never meet and we don’t even recognize it.

    I am on vacation and I get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. As I walk across the room trying to remember where the door is, my left wrist lights up and my watch tells me it is 2:51 am and states “You did it! You have earned an hour towards your standing goal.”