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Today's Opinions

  • The man with the big heart

    There’s a touch of cruel irony in the fact that Henry Sanchez died of an apparent heart attack. The man, after all, was all heart.

    Sanchez, a former mayor of Las Vegas as well as a legendary New Mexico coach, died last week at the too-young age of 74. He left behind family, friends — and a better world, thanks to his service to God and community.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 26, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: ‘Blessings in Disguise’

    If you want to read some beautiful prose about the purity of family and friendships, J.P. Baca’s book isn’t for you.

    But if you want to read a raw expression of one man’s rise above harsh and abusive conditions to conquer his own little piece of the world, you should read “Blessings in Disguise.”

  • Tracing claim to its source

    In her Sept. 19 letter to the Optic, Annette Franklin claims that “Who among these people, know Obamacare will soon allow government confiscation of … financial accounts?” She claims she gets information from non-partisan sources, yet an Internet search of that charge turned up references to a pass-around, far right e-mail from several years ago, before the healthcare legislation had even been finalized and passed.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS ... A handful of renewable energy projects in New Mexico will be funded through federal grants and loans, according to a recent Associated Press report. In all, more than 500 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country are being awarded funds for renewable energy and efficiency projects, with businesses in Deming, Belen, Roswell and Los Lunas getting a piece of the action.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 23, 2011
  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 23, 2011
  • Property dogs aren’t ‘things’

    You have achieved the American dream: a family, great house, fifth-wheel travel trailer, new sports utility vehicles, flowers growing abundantly around here and there.

    This quaint view of life is not shared by the dog, however. Being tethered to a four-foot log chain 24 hours a day, seven days a week is nothing to celebrate for him. There are no toys, so he tosses his water bowl in the air for entertainment. He watches achingly as kids play in front of him, but he is ignored — seen as something not animate, but as an “it,” a thing not worthy of notice.