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Editorials

  • 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.

  • 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.