Today's Opinions

  • Another perspective - Remember the Animas

    By Diana Presser

    Remember when the American government assured us that covering our heads with our math books, while crouched under our desks, would protect us in the event of a nuclear bomb? We were elementary students in a time when we trusted adults to know what was best for us – especially our country’s leaders.

  • APS should fire Valentino

    Just when you thought the scandal at Albuquerque Public Schools couldn’t get any worse, more dirty laundry emerges.

    It turns out that the man hired by new APS Superintendent Luis Valentino to be the district’s deputy superintendent faces four felony counts of sexual assault on a child in Colorado involving two victims.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 26, 2015
  • Work of Art: A great dad-son combo

    The cause of much consternation as we returned from our summer break to resume classwork at Immaculate Conception School in 1954 was whether the bulk we’d acquired during vacation had magically slipped away. That was the time we returned as freshmen to the homeroom of Sister Mary Missa Massa.

    The baby fat we thought we’d exchanged for muscle just wasn’t there. Here’s what happened:

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 24, 2015
  • APS chief out of line

    It’s another only-in-New-Mexico story.

    On one level, the turmoil playing out at Albuquerque Public Schools is a sad example of the bickering that so often overshadows the critically important work of educating students so that they’re prepared for college and careers when they graduate from high school.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Back to school and freedom in teaching

    Editor’s note: This column is a repeat from August 2013, updated where needed to make it relevant in August 2015.

    LAS VEGAS — It’s back-to-school time and, oh, the memories.

    I remember being a little kid and looking forward to the return with a mixture of dread and excitement. Dread because the summer was freedom and it was coming to an end; excitement because every new school year was a chance to become just a little more grown up, which in a kid’s eyes is real freedom.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - August 21, 2015

    Congratulations to Highlands University professor Bob Bell who was recently inducted into the United States Martial Arts Association’s 2015 Hall of Fame. Bell, an exercise and sports sciences professor at Highlands, is a retired chiropractor. He has a 7th degree black belt and has trained in judo for 30 years.