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Today's Opinions

  • I must have been ‘hung up’

    Is it time to give up? Are people in my field — the world of letters, spelling, punctuation and word choices a bit too “hung up”?

    I use “hung up” because a Highlands student once gave me that label as I returned assignments with a circled misspelling. That brought on a remark from a student, Angie, who said she “just knew” I would flag her word, “aggravated,” possibly “just to be mean.”

  • I must have been ‘hung up’

    Is it time to give up? Are people in my field — the world of letters, spelling, punctuation and word choices a bit too “hung up”?

    I use “hung up” because a Highlands student once gave me that label as I returned assignments with a circled misspelling. That brought on a remark from a student, Angie, who said she “just knew” I would flag her word, “aggravated,” possibly “just to be mean.”

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Letters to the editor, Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Does an editor edit?

    I’ve continuously been disappointed with the Optic. Let’s get something straight, the Optic is by NO means late breaking news. If you’re like me, and receive it in the mail, chances are it’s already three day old news. Not to mention there is hardly ever any thing of substance to report “as of press time.”

  • Heritage Days in Las Vegas was fantastic

    Elvis was wrong. It is not just Viva, Las Vegas. It is Viva Las Vegas, New Mexico. You don’t need to drive to Nevadato see bright lights and highlights with cowboys and show girls. Put your car on the road and steer north to fill that western thrill.

    To be perfectly honest, I don’t gamble, so Nevadaholds no joy for me. Living on a teacher’s salary, (wait,) I take that back. We teachers are the ultimate gamblers.

  • Why’s a free press important?

    If the best disinfectant is sunshine, it’s important to remember that preventive medicine is just as effective as curing diseases.

    A free press doesn’t simply exist to help weed out corrupt or ill-intentioned people and practices from our government and the business world. It’s also the watchdog that helps shape the way business is conducted and the degree of honesty and number of rules followed — simply by being present and asking questions.

  • Why’s a free press important?

    If the best disinfectant is sunshine, it’s important to remember that preventive medicine is just as effective as curing diseases.

    A free press doesn’t simply exist to help weed out corrupt or ill-intentioned people and practices from our government and the business world. It’s also the watchdog that helps shape the way business is conducted and the degree of honesty and number of rules followed — simply by being present and asking questions.

  • Simplifying your world by downsizing

    We all have too much stuff. We have things we don’t touch in years that are just taking up space. As a side note, I am writing this column to myself, but I thought I would share with you my advice to me!

    I have a theory. It is called the “Kraft’s Theory of Space.” It will never be as famous as Newton’s Theory of Relativity or Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, but it seems to be a theory that is accurate almost without exception.