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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 23, 2015
  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 23, 2015

    ‘Sticks and Stones’
    Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” I learned that little rhyme in grade school where kids could get really mad and yell bad names at you.
    “Your mother wears combat boots,” was considered a nasty, derogatory statement about your mother. Kids said that.
    Perhaps Pope Francis would have benefited if he had attended Farragut School in Joliet, Ill., as I did.

  • Another Perspective - A common sense approach

    By Bob Wessely

    We have all seen or read the evidence — both anecdotal and scientific — about the risks associated with oil and gas development, including the fracking technique. We’ve also seen the advertisements with blue skies and daffodils, along with the promise of plentiful jobs and economic prosperity from industry. Whom to believe? How to proceed?

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 23, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Leader-Telegram (Wisconsin) on the wealth gap (Jan. 12):
    Just-released figures leave no doubt that there is a canyon-wide wage gap in this country. Less clear is what if anything to do about it.
    Income 2012 tax numbers parsed by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation tell the story:
    • The top 1 percent (1.3 million filers) paid a greater share of income taxes (38 percent) than the bottom 90 percent (122.4 million filers), who paid 30 percent.

  • Mandate transparency

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting ill and having to go to a hospital for treatment or a procedure, then you’ve likely also experienced anxiety as you wonder what the ordeal is going to cost you.

    Sadly, when it comes to health care costs in New Mexico, consumers are pretty much in the dark until they get the bill in the mail. By then, the expense has already been incurred and there’s little to do but suck it up and fork out your portion of whatever that bill happens to be.

  • Work of Art: I are right, amn’t I?

    An inveterate verbophile, I’ve always been interested in words, what they mean, why they mean, why they can hurt and heal. Remember that bit of doggerel about “sticks and stones” that may “break my bones”?

  • A man of peace

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial appeared in the Jan. 21, 2013 Optic.

    On this holiday in which we remember a man who gave his life for “a more perfect union,” we should also remember how he acted. He was a man who lived in violent times, yet his response was peaceful.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 19, 2015