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Editorials

  • UNM shouldn't nix men’s soccer

    When soccer players flop down onto the turf and seem to exaggerate injury in widely televised international matches, it draws the ire of the social media world — and brings more hate on a sport that already seems to draw the most hate of all.

    College soccer has its share of flops as well, but no sport has done more to further the development of young men and women through athletics in New Mexico and to further the economic development of the state.

  • Don’t resist the call of the road

    It’s fewer than 50 miles from dozens of northern New Mexico communities to the Luna Community College or Highlands University main campuses. Many Class of 2019 county high school seniors will be enrolled there next fall.

    These are fine schools with programs prepping students for many career fields. Other Land of Enchantment colleges and universities have different specialties with the same basic in-state benefits for recent New Mexico high school graduates.

  • Don’t let Trujillo off without prison time

    On July 2, Charles Trujillo is due to attend a plea hearing in Taos County District Court for his forgery and fraud crimes against the New Mexico public education system. 

  • What would Dad do?

    Lots of us have heard the song “The Living Years,” by Mike & The Mechanics, at least a few times.

    Many of us knew our fathers’ expectations of us ­­— and have on our consciences, in one direction or another, how well we measured up to those expectations.

    This is far more important to some folks than others; it makes sense that those of us closest to our parents would not only know their expectations, but also make a regular practice of letting others know they plan to honor such legacies.

  • Rules for retirement

    Our area’s oldest and longest-term residents have earned our respect and our admiration. They have the life experience, often specific career-field skills and, often, a working knowledge of their community and its history.

    We appreciate their contributions and rely on their leadership and passing along lessons — both positive examples and stories of mistakes to avoid repeating.

  • Some rules for retirement

    Our area’s oldest and longest-term residents have earned our respect and our admiration.

    They have the life experience, often specific career-field skills and, often, a working knowledge of their community and its history. We appreciate their contributions and rely on their leadership and passing along lessons — both positive examples and stories of mistakes to avoid repeating.

  • Enough with the ‘best in show’

    Recent complaints to the Optic about how multiple local school districts handled the process of determining valedictorian and/or salutatorian have reminded us of how high school has become competitive in the worst of ways — pitting classmates, neighbors and their families against each other.

    It’s time for all New Mexico school districts to rid themselves of this extra layer of competitive tracking — one that’s an ongoing headache for districts and one that adds nothing in preparing students for the world they already know to be competitive.

  • We need more Constitutional amendments

    It’s common these days to invoke the U.S. Constitution — including its amendments — and even the intent of the “founding fathers” as rationale for why certain provisions of law should be changed or upheld.

    The digital age allows for easy research of what has actually been written by scholars and our most revered early leaders on various subjects.

  • Don’t gloat about not being tech-savvy

    So you can’t seem to operate a tablet computer very efficiently — so what? No one, hopefully, is going to include that ineptitude on your headstone.

    No one is judging those who aren’t necessarily sharp or proficient with office and/or personal technology devices. However, it’s time for those who describe themselves this way to stop bragging about it.

  • Our questions for graduates

    Lots of advice is dished out to American high school, college and trade-school graduates in May and June. The Optic offers not suggestions, but questions.

    OK, maybe one suggestion, first: Listen to Baz Luhmann’s “Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen,” which can be found here: bit.ly/1ltvPvh.