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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 30, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: TALK ABOUT THE SOLUTION
    There sure are a lot of folks who oppose recommended solutions, especially when a change would inconvenience them, cost them money or create extra work. This seems to have come up a lot during conversations about firearms, but also in less vague matters, such as municipal or county affairs.

  • Fresh young voices must be heard

    Every now and then, big national news turns into significant small-town news. You can see it on the pages of many hometown newspapers.

    Since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., there have been plenty of reports of threats making the news — all over New Mexico. Estancia, Roswell and others have closed schools for a day or more as a result of threats.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 30, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 30, 2018.

  • ‘But I wuz robbed’

    I miss my dad. He died at age 94 — way back last century. He was long-lived and clung on, despite some 25 hospitalizations of at least a week’s duration.

    But before you surmise this column is going to be one of those “I Remember Mama” themes, let me assure you it is not. Throughout most of life (his), I was far from his favorite son (there were five of us children, and Dad’s younger brother moved in with us on the death of their mother).

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

  • Let’s not have fully-automatic nominees

    Since there’s been so much talk about fully automatic and semi-automatic weapons lately, we should spend some time discussing one of the most deadly weapons of all — in terms of killing strong candidates and bold new ideas.
    If we learned nothing else from the 2016 elections, it’s that presumptive nominees and presumptive race winners are a poisonous concept — from the U.S. presidency to local water and school boards.

  • ‘Duck and cover;’ and ‘Run, hide and fight’

    Some readers may remember a film released by the Civil Defense in 1951. When a monkey lobs a lighted dynamite stick his way, Bert the Turtle knows to “Duck and Cover.”

    The rest of the film shows school children hiding under desks and cafeteria tables in case a light brighter than you’ve ever seen before appears.

    If adults aren’t around, we see older boys showing how to duck in a corridor. So where are the older girls?

  • Handling the seasons of your life

    By Rick Kraft

    Today, you are in a season of your life. Previous seasons are in the rearview mirror and new seasons are ahead of you out your front window. The past seasons are fixed in time, future seasons are an unknown.

    I grew up enjoying music by Fleetwood Mac and enjoyed seeing them perform in person a couple of years ago.

    They have a song entitled “Landslide” that asks the important question each of us must ask, “Can I handle the seasons of my life?”