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Today's Opinions

  • Responding to rights violations

    Dec. 10 is marked around the world as Human Rights Day. It is the day when, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in San Francisco, establishing for the first time a general acceptance that human rights are universal, that they belong to everyone no matter the nationality, color, sex, religion, or the system of government under which people live.

    There are no exceptions.

  • Nuestra Historia - Camp Luna — a proud tradition

    In 1929, Camp Luna was named in honor of Captain Maximiliano Luna, a Rough Rider and hero of the 1898 Spanish-American War, who later lost his life during military service in the Philippines. From a distinguished Valencia County family, Luna was elected speaker of New Mexico’s territorial House of Representatives when he was only 26. (Luna had earlier attended the Jesuit College in Las Vegas.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Dec. 16, 2011

    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on free trade gains (Dec. 9) — A free-trade agreement signed by President Barack Obama in October and by his counterpart in South Korea late last month is already paying off in Kentucky.
    Toyota has announced it will begin exporting Camrys made in Georgetown to South Korea in January.

    The automaker initially plans to ship about 6,000 Camrys a year from Kentucky to South Korea.

    The free trade agreement, which had been held up for years, came at an opportune time for Toyota. ...

  • Bewildering objections

    Obstructionism seems to be in vogue these days. In Washington, D.C., it nearly caused a financial collapse last summer when Republicans blocked, until the 11th hour, an action to raise the debt ceiling. And now, as the clock ticks down on a tax break for working Americans, Congress is at it again.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 14, 2011
  • Work of Art: Fighters followed a code

    It’s a great feeling when someone I know says he remembers the people I wrote about in a previous column.

    “You know this ‘Sopandas’ guy you mentioned? Well, he was my neighbor,” a childhood friend told me recently.

  • Credit the road crews

    It’s easy to take for granted the working men and women who keep the rest of us moving, but the crews that keep our highways and biways clear during bad winter weather deserve our recognition.

    When snow and ice coat our roadways, city and state crews go to work. The Optic feature in our weekend edition, on the state Department of Transportation’s District 4 work crews, should serve as a reminder of just how valuable their work is to us all.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 12, 2011