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Today's Opinions

  • In crises, humanity always rises to the top

    So much in life depends on our perspective. The glass can be half-empty or half-full, depending on how we choose to see it.

    Hurricane Harvey is one terrible example. It destroyed lives and property, and yet in its aftermath, humanity came to the rescue. In one place along, more than 600 miles away, an estimated 40,000 pounds of water and food were raised in a matter of days, and tons of bread in a matter of hours, simply because a few people put out a call to help.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

  • Work of Art: A great memory for names

    One of my dreams as a teacher was to be able to greet students years after they’d moved on, and to be able to address them by their names, not just “Hi, there.”

    That lasted through the first week of my 8 a.m. class at Highlands University.

    As hard as I tried, there’d always be a set of twins with almost identical names and looks, or a Señor Muy Tarde who either failed to show up most of the time or signed his name illegibly or failed to articulate.

  • Give Dreamers a path forward

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Taos News.

    President Donald Trump has left to Congress the fate of hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers,” as they are frequently called — people brought to the United States as children without legal papers.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 13, 2017

     Editorial cartoon - Sept. 13, 2017

  • Letters to the editor, Sept. 10, 2017

    Trial is conclusive

    Trial by ordeal was a judicial practice in England’s 13th century, where guilt or innocence was judged by subjecting the accused to a painful (or at least an unpleasant) experience, such as whether he/she could tread water. Defendants were deemed innocent if they escaped injury.

  • You can’t assign someone to care

    Editorial

    Caring — specifically about how well public servants are serving their fellow New Mexicans and if our tax dollars are being used wisely and according to established laws and rules — can’t be taught to anyone.

    It’s an innate interest and enthusiasm that comes from wanting the best for every student, every citizen and every visitor to the area. That kind of caring is one of the many attributes Mercy López-Acosta brought to the Optic during her seven-year stint as a full-time reporter and features editor.

  • A new chapter has started

    Showing Mercy — By MercyLópez-Acosta

    My time at the Optic has come to a close.

    Since my return to the Optic nearly seven years ago, I have written hundreds of articles, taken thousands of photos, and spent countless hours meeting and talking to people. My work has been seen in edition after edition.

    But as of Wednesday, it came to halt as I have since resigned as features editor of the Las Vegas Optic.