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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - June 5, 2016

    Let’s get kids to read

    Get kids to read during the summer — we’re hearing this message from the recent Optic editorial (May 25), from the Optic’s lead article by the editor “Stopping the Summer Slide” on the Governor’s initiative to “entice” kids to read, and everywhere.

    Right here in Las Vegas, the same message is loud and clear:  make sure that all kids have good books to read this summer. And here is an answer.

  • Laura M. Shields: Brilliant professor, researcher

    A great source of daily news for me is the weekly morning news broadcast on KFUN  Radio with Joseph Baca behind the microphone. Once in a while I can add to a story he talks about, mainly because I have lived here so long.

    A very recent item in his talk show was about the beautiful front, the facade of the Coronado Theatre in Las Vegas.

    I am confident the face of this building is still there, just covered up with a fake, a new front. A highlight of my growing up here was being able to attend Saturday afternoon matinee movies with my best friend, Joanie.

  • Editorial Cartoon: June 3, 2016
  • Editorial Cartoon: June 3, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - The demise of customer service

    Editor’s note: This column first ran in August 2013. It’s been edited to update the details.

    Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us.

    That occurred to me not so long ago when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit on the phone all day trying to get the answers I was seeking. I decided to go to the local office and talk, face to face, with a customer service representative.

  • Editorial Cartoon: June 1, 2016
  • Editorial: Finding won’t change minds

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Republican of Springfield (Mass.), and was originally published on May 27.

    Hillary Clinton’s decision to set up a private email server — and a private email account — on which she conducted all of her official business as Secretary of State was unwise in the extreme. That, boiled down, was the finding of the State Department’s inspector general.

    And now? Cue up the old recordings.

  • Work of Art:Slobs among us

    Memorial Day weekend was surprisingly busy for the Trujillo family. It included trips to the Veterans Cemetery in Santa Fe to see the burial site of my older brother, Severino, who succumbed to prostate cancer in December. On a separate trip to the same place, I took a friend to visit the place where her husband was laid to rest about 10 years ago.