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Today's Opinions

  • Make work mandatory

    The food stamp program is an important safety net aimed at ensuring that those who are down on their luck don’t go hungry.

    According to an Associated Press story published in last Wednesday’s Optic, 420,000 New Mexicans receive food stamps, with roughly half of them being children. The average benefit is $265 a month, which really isn’t a lot considering the cost of food these days.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 13, 2014
  • Work of Art: The rule of threes

    Going through my Facebook pages — a routine I follow almost every night — I came across the news that Robin Williams, 63, that comic genius has died; he committed suicide through asphyxiation, the early reports say.

    By “came across the news,” I played down the expression. It’s not as if I simply stumbled across that bit of news: It’s all over Facebook, and on virtually every TV channel, and certainly on the next day’s front pages of newspapers.

  • Support for open primaries

    It appears that reason is finally beginning to prevail on the issue of closed primaries in this state.

    You may recall that back in June a lawsuit was filed challenging the current system, in which only registered Democrats and Republicans are allowed to vote in state primaries. Albuquerque lawyers David Crum and J. Edward Hollington are arguing that New Mexico’s primary election system is unconstitutional because it denies the basic right to vote to a large number of voters in our state.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 11, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Music ties cultures, regions together

    “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras

    Math, it’s been said, is the language of the universe. But when it comes to the human experience, music is the tie that binds.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 8, 2014

    THUMBS UP! ANOTHER HILARIOUS SHOW
    They’ve done it again! Over the Edge VII, a presentation by the Las Vegas Community Theatre Collective, entertained audiences with their latest capers taking pot shots (pun intended) at pharmaceutical shenanigans as well as local foibles. Capacity crowds hooted at the sometimes-not-so-hidden references to our community! Good job, folks!

    THUMBS UP! A WET SUMMER

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 8, 2014