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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The best presents are given freely, not bought

    Christmas brings out the best and worst of our way of life.

    Crass consumerism runs rampant this time of year, as if owning things equates to happiness. If that were the case, then why are there so many miserable rich people?

    Sure, it’s the season of giving, but it’s also for getting. People go into debt to buy things for those they love and are close to, and then they go into debt a little more to buy that special something for themselves. You know you do. I do too.

  • Our public defender crisis

    The crisis at the cash-strapped state Public Defender’s Office has hit a boiling point in recent weeks.

    Under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, people who are charged with committing a crime have the right to an attorney, even if they can’t afford one. In New Mexico, the Public Defender’s Office is responsible for providing attorneys for defendants who cannot afford to hire their own.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 21, 2016
  • Work of Art: Things becoming surreal

    Without searching very hard, it’s possible to find many supposed awards bestowed on people and things.

    Sports Illustrated this week treated LeBron James, the superstar of the often-luckless Cleveland Cavaliers,  to virtually its entire issue. It is true: LeBron is great, his having led his team to a national basketball championship (but the honor should have gone instead to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.)

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - O Little Town of Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    Last December we drove back to Chicago after the Electric Light Parade to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.  This year we are staying here to celebrate with family and friends. What a difference a year makes!

    Yes, some of you know I flew to Chicago for three days, but that was merely to bring back my crêche, my Swiss fondue pot, my mother’s silver candelabra, and Christmas stockings to hang by the chimney with glee or is it glühwein? In Chicago we don’t even have a fireplace.

  • Investigation warranted

    The following editorial is from The Denver Post and was originally published on Dec. 13.

    What an extraordinary time for our nation that there would even be a debate over whether Congress should investigate allegations that another nation attempted to influence our presidential election.

  • Water projects still a priority

    I first began to learn about the value of water from my grandfather, who was a public works director in Santa Rosa.

    Later, as a Chamber of Commerce president, I learned more about and began to really push for the effective use of water.

    It is no secret that we live in the desert, and that water here is scarce. We need it: from our bathrooms and kitchens to our livestock, acequias, wildlife and recreation. Still, it is easy enough to turn on the faucet, see water come out and forget how precious it is.

  • Letters to the Editor - Dec. 18, 2016

    Age makes all the difference
    Adele Zimmerman of Embudo recently wrote the Optic about abortion.  

    She tugged at our heartstrings with compassionate tales of irresponsibility and suffering for non- “affluent” people who’ll not be able to get free or cheap abortions in the future, or so she says.  In contrast, she apparently has no such feelings for dismembered little ones in the womb.

    I guess “age” somehow is the determining factor for Adele.