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Today's Opinions

  • Guantanamo and its legacy

    I appreciated Robert Pearson’s letter to the Optic of Jan. 13, which highlighted the legal quagmire at the Guantanamo Detention facility.

    U.S. citizens should be very concerned that our country has acquired some of the undesirable characteristics of military dictatorships. Our constitution insists on innocence until proven guilty, speedy and fair trials according to established rules of due process, and respect for the human rights of everyone, including prisoners, even when proven guilty.

  • Nuestra Historia - After saying no to slavery, N.M. denied statehood

    Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child. This ancient axiom is especially true about momentous historical events which shaped our destiny.

    As this Centennial series continues, we hope to relate the critical moments which unfolded as New Mexico emerged from a centuries-old outpost of the Spanish empire, to become the 47th American state.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

  • Benchmarks for progress

    The No Child Left Behind initiative, started in George W. Bush’s first term, had its strengths. It gave needed emphasis to the fact that every child, no matter how disadvantaged, deserves a good education, and that our public schools cannot leave behind a few for the sake of the many.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 18, 2012
  • Work of Art - What grade did you get?

    At least we passed out a syllabus. Yes, the course outline  that we gave out on the first day of class explained what a student needed to do to pass the class.

    So, the students at least had some direction: In order to earn a certain grade in this class, thou shalt accomplish certain things. But that’s only part of the issue, as some believed that simply by performing various tasks they were guaranteed an “A.” The other part of the equation was how well they did the work.

  • American dreamer

    This Optic editorial first appeared on Jan. 17, 2005.

    “...  I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 16, 2012