Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 28, 2011
  • Work of Art; They’ve already left Yanostan

    Possibly the most confusing and complicated verb form in the English language is, paradoxically, also about the shortest: to be.

    In many languages — not just in English — the different forms of the word seem to defy logic. You start with “be,” but you can’t change the tense of it by saying or writing “beed”; no, instead many forms of the word branch out: am, was, were, been, being. To most English speakers, the various permutations come naturally, but in other languages, such as Spanish, the issue seems much more difficult.

  • The man with the big heart

    There’s a touch of cruel irony in the fact that Henry Sanchez died of an apparent heart attack. The man, after all, was all heart.

    Sanchez, a former mayor of Las Vegas as well as a legendary New Mexico coach, died last week at the too-young age of 74. He left behind family, friends — and a better world, thanks to his service to God and community.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 26, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: ‘Blessings in Disguise’

    If you want to read some beautiful prose about the purity of family and friendships, J.P. Baca’s book isn’t for you.

    But if you want to read a raw expression of one man’s rise above harsh and abusive conditions to conquer his own little piece of the world, you should read “Blessings in Disguise.”

  • Tracing claim to its source

    In her Sept. 19 letter to the Optic, Annette Franklin claims that “Who among these people, know Obamacare will soon allow government confiscation of … financial accounts?” She claims she gets information from non-partisan sources, yet an Internet search of that charge turned up references to a pass-around, far right e-mail from several years ago, before the healthcare legislation had even been finalized and passed.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS ... A handful of renewable energy projects in New Mexico will be funded through federal grants and loans, according to a recent Associated Press report. In all, more than 500 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country are being awarded funds for renewable energy and efficiency projects, with businesses in Deming, Belen, Roswell and Los Lunas getting a piece of the action.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 23, 2011