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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: ‘Orale’: an all-purpose word

    Think of the many meanings of single words. One that comes to mind readily is “run,” which has a multitude of meanings.

    “Run” can be a verb or a noun. As a verb, it can mean move quickly (as in run home), to travel (as in run a bus route), to flow (as in water or blood), to compete, as to run for office.   

  • Overhaul Patriot Act

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from  The Free Press of Mankato, Minn.

    The Patriot Act was rushed through Congress 14 years ago amid the obvious fear following 9/11.

    Since then, particularly since Edward Snowden’s revelations of invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency, the wisdom of the Patriot Act’s sweeping authority for spy agencies has been looked at more soberly.

  • Editorial cartoons - May 18, 2015
  • Editorial cartoons - May 18, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Unconventional advice for graduates

    It’s that time of year when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and make their families proud.

    Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. Anyone who thinks a diploma or degree is a ticket to success is sadly mistaken. It’s just a ticket to ride; you still have to get there on your own.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 15, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Congratulations to Las Vegas resident Carroll L. Riley, an archeologist who received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 43rd annual Heritage Preservation Awards ceremony last week. Riley is considered a pioneer in his field. The 92-year-old is credited with establishing the contact between the Southwest and Mesoamerica. The award was bestowed by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee.

    THUMBS DOWN! AN ALARMING TREND

  • Letters to the Editor - May 15, 2015

    Teacher evaluations
    I read with interest Joe McCaffrey’s column on teacher evaluations in the April 10 Optic, and Ed Littleton’s Letter to the Editor on May 1.

    Having done many employee evaluations in a much-prescribed federal system, I’d like to add my two cents, but first an analogy.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 15, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Lebanon (Pennsylvania) Daily News on freedom of speech:
    I take my freedom of speech straight up — no mixers; no chasers; not shaken; not stirred.
    We forget, in our world where everything is “the biggest,” ‘’the best,” ‘’the greatest ever” that not every strong statement is mere hyperbole to be ignored.