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Today's Opinions

  • Being president requires enjoying politics

    By Mark Shields, co-host of the PBS NewsHour and formerly of Inside Washington and CNN’s Capital Gang.

    On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman -- each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who actually enjoyed politics.

  • What are the questions you ask?

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    Sometimes the answer is in the questions that you ask. What questions do you ask? What do your questions reveal about you?

    Maybe you know it all and don’t need to ask questions. Probably the most dangerous among us are those who don’t ask questions.

  • Letters to the editor, Nov. 5, 2017

    Nothing new

    “He’s the only person (Tim Harris) in the U.S. with Down Syndrome that owns a restaurant; that’s a pretty unique scenario,” Perez said. “He’s really well spoken and well educated.” — Albuquerque Journal, Nov. 16, 2015.

    In his book “Second World War,” Martin Gilbert describes the evolution of genocidal methods of the Nazis.

  • Why charge for Las Vegas news?

    Recently, the Optic has received a number of questions about why we charge for our online content.

  • Solving the real problem

    From the Highlands President — by Dr. Sam Minner

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 3, 2017

    THUMBS UP: BIG IMPROVEMENTS

    We applaud West Las Vegas Schools for making some apparent improvements in a pair of fall-sport high school programs: football and girls soccer. With football, the evidence is in not only in how well the Dons fared against their longtime crosstown measuring tape, the Robertson Cardinals, staying in a competitive game for three quarters, but in its success throughout the season.

  • ‘Think’ report proposes a way toward better instruction

    Dispatch New Mexico

    Over the years, my two daughters attended four different elementary schools in three states, while their middle and high school years were spent here in New Mexico. Despite all our moving around, I think they’re no worse for the wear, as their success beyond their primary and secondary educations indicates.

    As for their old man, I think I gained some parental insight into what makes some schools better than others, including this: It’s the principals who turn schoolhouses into true facilities were learning.