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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - U.S. riddled with mass shootings

    ROSWELL — As a nation, we’ve got an epidemic on our hands, but instead of addressing it in ways that would actually be productive, we pray for the dead, argue over what to do and brace ourselves for the next round of random violence.
    Mass shootings in the U.S. are an everyday occurrence these days, done by and against fellow Americans. Maybe you haven’t noticed the severity of it all, given all the handwringing over “foreign” terrorism these days.

  • Editorial Cartoon Dec. 8, 2015
  • Disgusting action

    Few things can turn a stomach easier than the sight of a creature shot to death and left to rot.

    Those who saw the front-page photo of one of two large decaying bull elk in last week’s Optic may feel such a palpable action. Apparently, a single person or a group of them felt the need to step on to the Las Vegas National wildlife refuge some time last month and destroy two mature elk.

  • Pride in team’s efforts

    As many as 500 Las Vegans took the long trip to Hatch on Saturday to watch their Robertson High School Cardinals compete in yet another 4A state football championship game.

  • A work of Art: Ready to spend $34,000?

    Once, around this time of year, my father-in-law, the late Stanley E. Coppock, asked me — I have no doubt whatsoever he was simply trying to humor me — what I’d like for Christmas. In the manner that we often traded barbs, I responded, “How about a partridge in a pear tree?”

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - When it is dark enough . . .

    Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars,” has been a favorite of mine for decades. A fact check determined that Emerson never wrote these words. Apparently Russell Lynes did. That’s when I turned off my laptop and went outside to see the stars.

  • Editorial cartoon - Dec. 6. 2015
  • Climate change a real threat

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The (Toledo) Blade and was originally published on Nov. 30.

    It seems appropriate, if tragically so, that the United Nations’ conference on climate change (is taking place) in Paris, the site of horrific terrorist attacks (last) month by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Terrorism is an urgent global threat.

    The effects of human-made climate change are longer-term, but are no less dire— or threatening —because of that.