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Today's Opinions

  • Just a Thought: What happens in the exchange zone?

    By Rick Kraft

    It is what happens in the exchange zone that counts. We hold the baton we run with for such a short period of time. We receive it from another, carry it for a while, and then hand off to the one who follows.

    In track and field competitions, there are team relay events whose goal is for a team of runners to cover the course as quickly as possible, carrying a baton from the starting line to the finish line. Because the race is a team event, how well you finish the race depends on the actions of others.

  • Tesla has enough value to buy out Ford Motor Co.

    The following editorial was published in the Chicago Tribune on May 22:

    Tesla, the electric vehicle startup, did something remarkable last month: It surpassed Ford and GM to become the country’s most valuable car company based on market capitalization.

    Want to acquire Tesla? It would cost a cool $50 billion. GM’s worth a tad less. Ford’s value is about $45 billion.

    Monday, not coincidentally, Ford ousted its CEO, frustrated with the company’s mediocre progress at reinvention in the high-tech era.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 28, 2017

    Patios encouraged
    I read Optic’s May 14-16 cover article on “Borrachos patio plan” with much concern. It was difficult to understand why a newer woman-owned business was told that they could not open up a sidewalk patio, when a number of other restaurants and lounges have similar summer venues in the Historic District. For a small city, there are already great choices for food and drink, and here’s a welcome addition!

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - May 26, 2017

    THUMBS UP! WORTH THE PRICE

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 26, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - The twists and turns en route to special legislative session

    OK, settle down, everybody seems to be saying as this latest special session approaches in Santa Fe; the only way to accomplish anything is to sit down and talk. And so they did, late last week and into this week, in preparation for the gavel coming down, at noon on Wednesday (May 24), on yet another attempt to pass a state budget everyone can live with.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 26, 2017

    Recall is sour grapes

    First of all, our fair city is recovering under the current administration. It was devastated by the prior leadership in that staffing was filled to enhance political favors.

    This practice threw the city budget into deficits which the current administration has had to manage to avoid layoffs, etc.

    Constituents, taxpayers and staff must understand that staffing changes were necessary to address the budget shortfalls created by unqualified political fill-ins at various positions.

  • Youth food quantity, quality are separate battles

    The following editorial appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News on May 15.

    As of last summer, roughly 67 percent of students in Texas’ Amarillo Independent School District were receiving free and/or reduced lunches.

    The percentage is nothing new. It has been this way for some time — the fact that more than half of the students in Amarillo ISD receive free and/or reduced lunches.