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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Editorial cartoon - May 15, 2015
  • Just a Thought - To the class of 2015: Bend history

    By Rick Kraft

    The energy, the excitement, the enthusiasm is always amazing. Flashing cameras and flowing tears. Family and friends, some of who have traveled great distances, anxiously awaiting the ceremony. High school seniors finishing their 12th year of schooling, about to gain their independence. Excited teenagers all dressed up in their caps and gowns ready to make the rite of passage on to life’s next challenge.

    Graduating from high school is a big deal. Seniors, congratulations!

  • Another perspective - Why I call San Miguel County home

    By Harold Garcia

    I was born and raised in northern New Mexico, but it wasn’t until about 30 years ago that I felt like I was really home.

    That was when my parents moved my brothers and me to San Miguel County to be closer to the wilderness. My mother grew up in southern Colorado and wanted her children to have the same incredible outdoor experiences that she had.

  • Time to clean up our city

    First impressions matter, whether we like it or not.

    Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent promoting Las Vegas and San Miguel County in hopes of drawing tourists here. It’s an important part of our economy, and one that none of us can afford to take for granted, given the fragile state of that economy.

    But what happens when tourists arrive in town only to be greeted by trash strewn all over our streets and parks? Or if they have the misfortune of driving behind a motorist who decides to throw trash out his window?