Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 2
  • Work of Art: Tío Juan rescued us

    When people my age were in school, the word processor consisted of 1) a pencil and 2) a piece of paper. Just like today’s computers and calculators, our tools of the ‘50s also had an “enter” and a “delete” function. They’re called lead and erasers.

    When my sister, Bingy, and I were at Immaculate Conception School, we often shared a teacher, Sister Mary Matematica Primera, who dreamed nightly about the amount of arithmetic homework she was about to pile on.

  • Social media murder

    Many of us take to Twitter or Facebook to share the joys of life. Our digital connectedness makes it easy to update others on the birth of a grandchild, a big job promotion or the perfect vacation.
    Sadly, it also provides a potentially high-profile channel for those filled with hate and rage, from anonymous online commenters to terrorists in the Middle East and a cold-blooded killer at a shopping mall in Virginia.

  • The demise of human customer service

    Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us.
    That occurred to me when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit on the phone all day trying to get the answers I was seeking. So I decided to go to the local office and talk, face to face, with a customer service representative.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - August 28, 2015

    Kudos to Wid Slick, Ray Valdez and to everyone else who worked hard to put on this past weekend’s Meadow City Music Festival. The performers selected to be a part of the three-day event drew big crowds to both the Plaza Park area and to the Serf Theatre. Kudos also to all of the performers who showed up and provided their audiences with great shows. Turn to Page B7 for photos from the music festival.


  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 28, 2015
  • Just a Thought - What to do when you hit a milestone

    By Rick Kraft

    Today I hit a milestone. I have a file folder on my computer that inside it has numbers assigned to each column that I have submitted for publication. Starting with number one, a May 2001 column titled “Choices We Make,” the columns are numbered consecutively all the way up to 799.

    Today I submit column number 800. It is a milestone for the “Just a Thought” column that has taken over 15 years to reach.

    So what do you do when you reach a milestone in your life? You celebrate and then move on. Let me explain.

  • Another perspective - Home-safe-home

    By Tony Hernandez and Terry Brunner

    Some say the electric feeling of buying and moving into your own home never wears off. When you own the floors you’re standing on, the walls surrounding you and the roof over your head, you also own great satisfaction from the hard work that resulted in your home becoming yours.

    Yet, just as it was hard work to achieve the American Dream of homeowner-ship, being responsible for maintaining and, inevitably, repairing your own home can be just as much hard work.