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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective - What’s 50 percent of 20?

    “OK, so what’s 50 percent of 20?” My students looked around at one another, wrestling with what was intended as a gift riddle, clueless.

  • Afghanistan quagmire

    United States involvement in Afghanistan isn’t going as well as anyone would like — and there are no easy solutions.

    The U.S. is up to about 100,000 troops fighting in this, the longest war in American history. Here are the costs for the U.S. so far in this 11-year conflict: In June, the tally hit the 2,000 mark for the number of service men and women killed, while the number of Americans injured in combat is approaching 7,000. And according to the National Priorities Project (costofwar.com), the U.S. has spent nearly $600 billion on this war.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 19, 2012
  • Work of Art - ‘You were never my age’

    “Why, when I was your age . . . “ It’s impossible to utter those six words, in that sequence, without having someone come up with, “Yes, we already know: You had to walk to school five miles, uphill both ways, in deep snow.”

    So I won’t be mentioning the daily trudges through snow, in freezing weather that lasted from December to December. Nor will I write about the distance of our treks.

  • The center of it all

    Let’s see if we can look at the 2012 campaign for the presidency from a common sense point of view, because just sticking with the facts isn’t as easy as one might think.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 17, 2012
  • Editor's Note - No better man

    Real men. I’ve known a few. Old-school men who faced down fears and conquered their world. Strong men who took on great challenges.

    Fighters, lovers, warriors, leaders, competitors, champions — even losers who never quit even when they knew they’d been beaten. These were men who stood their ground.

    But none of them had more of an impact on my life than my father. To me, he was always a giant among men.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 14, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! NINETY POUNDS AND CHILD ABUSE. Drive through Las Vegas once with no seat belt fastened, en route to see a sick uncle in Santa Fe (you say), and maybe a deputy will let you off with a warning. Drive through again, going the other way, and maybe the officer will get suspicious. And if you happen to be carrying about 90 pounds of marijuana, your trip might just come to an abrupt end here.