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Editorials

  • 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.

  • We need the new minds

    It’s as important for new people to run for office as it is for us to have clean water. However, like all water, there will need to be some filtering and testing.

    We know we can always find that one grandparent who says “Back in my day, we didn’t need all this fancy schmancy vetting of candidates. All we needed was the willingness and courage to run, a sound message and some decent priorities.”

  • From many points of view

    It’s not simply the responsibility of the editor of this newspaper to see things through his own point of view. It’s important for him to put himself in other people’s shoes.

    As a 45-year-old white male, raised in suburban Washington, D.C., that editor might see things through the lens of a unique set of experiences, but so has nearly everyone else his age.  One of the most important reasons to travel and live in multiple places is to see how the world looks through the eyes of so many different kinds of humans — and other species.

  • Enough with the motions, already

    When San Miguel County Commissioner Rock G. Ulibarri filed a District Court motion earlier this month in order to get a resolution on the Commission’s agenda, he helped contribute to two growing problems in the county, in New Mexico, and, really, across the U.S.

  • Please vote on Tuesday

    Think of the people in your life who tell you that they don’t vote; that votes don’t matter, every election is pre-determined, folks behind  the scenes have arranged it all.

    Notice how often crucial elections are decided by a handful of votes. “I didn’t make it to the polls this time” is a common excuse people give for staying away from the voting booth.

  • A trade war will hurt San Miguel County

    In any kind of all-out military war, the U.S. can probably beat anyone on earth. In a trade war, however, the U.S. doesn’t hold such a strong advantage.

    San Miguel and Mora counties, and New Mexico in general, will be long-term losers if the apparently forming trade war with China and other nations continues to materialize.

  • Let’s not have fully-automatic nominees

    Since there’s been so much talk about fully automatic and semi-automatic weapons lately, we should spend some time discussing one of the most deadly weapons of all — in terms of killing strong candidates and bold new ideas.
    If we learned nothing else from the 2016 elections, it’s that presumptive nominees and presumptive race winners are a poisonous concept — from the U.S. presidency to local water and school boards.

  • Why make such hay of sports?

    Why make such a big deal out of a high school varsity team winning a state championship?

    Is it because with all the fear, doubt and despair in the world at any given moment, we cling to the achievements on a court or field, which cannot be disputed?

    Or is a respite from “adulting” that allows us to rejoice in the calm and peace that comes from watching young people running and competing, and, for the most part, having a great time?