Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Big whoopee! Let’s be neater

    There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who use the Oxford comma, and those who don’t. I’m not a willing user, even to the peril of a lowered grade in school.

    An instructor we suffered through in the Dark Ages at Highlands University laid out some arcane rules we were to follow in doing our homework. One was that we use the serial (or Oxford or Harvard) comma whenever necessary. “It looks neater,” she said.

  • Wells Fargo scandal

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was initially published on Sept. 19.

    Banks go to great lengths to guard against cybercriminals hacking customers’ accounts. Now customers must worry about getting robbed by their own bank.

    That’s just one takeaway from an investigation that found employees at Wells Fargo opened more than 2 million fake checking, credit, and debit card accounts for customers in order to meet sales targets and earn bonuses.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 25, 2016
  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 25, 2016
  • Straight from the City: Demanding value for taxpayers’ dime

    Considerable taxpayer dollars were awarded by the City in the past to local non-profit groups. Many of the groups had overlapping missions, (e.g., economic development or tourism.) The specific, measurable results which that money was supposed to produce were sometimes soft services rather than hard deliverables, and the outcomes were not always well-documented or even well-defined.  

    That practice cannot continue in our current economic climate.

  • Just a Thought: A recipe for life, being humble and kind

    By Rick Kraft

    Have you ever met someone for the first time and within 30 seconds you can tell you really don’t care for them? How can you assess a person that quickly? We all do it.

    First impressions can be hard to overcome but, without exception, you have had a first impression with every person you have ever interacted with.

    Each of us are so unique that we are the only model of our kind in the entire world. The way we look, the way we move, and the words we use all speak for themselves.

  • Letters to the Editor - Sept. 25, 2016

    In support of Minner
    I just read the article regarding the accreditation issues facing Highlands University. I just wanted to weigh in on my support for Sam Minner the president of HU.
    The deficiencies noted did not come about over the last year but rather were an accumulation of mismanagement from the top for the last two decades. Unfortunately, all of the deficiencies are now on the plate of President Minner.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 23, 2016

    Highlands University took a bold step forward last week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Diné College, located on the 26,000-square-mile Navajo Nation. The agreement, which is the result of a $438,715 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will install distance learning technology classrooms at Diné, a Navajo tribal college in Tsalie, Ariz.