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Today's Opinions

  • What is it that really defines you?

    What is really at the heart of your existence? What do you value that impacts your life on a day-to-day basis? What is it that really defines you?

    We are all basically the same. We have the basic need to stay alive. We experience the same emotions. We desire to have joy in the world we live in.

    We are all different. How we go about the above and other basics is different for each one of us. We independently march to the beat of our own drum.

  • Get in line!

    Recently, I went to a dollar store to buy Java a Fourth of July costume for our Pet Parade. I couldn’t find a thing.

    Not to make the trip completely useless, I grabbed two boxes of Kleenex and went to check out. There was only a short line including a woman whom I thought was behind me until she said, “You have to get in line from over there.” Then she barged ahead. She only had a few items, including The Optic, I am pleased to report.

  • More bad advice — courtesy of the Optic

    Two recent (opinion pieces) in The Optic really caught my attention. The first piece was an op-ed by John Stossell who, along with an economist from George Mason University, urged students to not attend college.

    Yes, you read that right. These two ­— both college graduates themselves, of course — urged students to forego college and get a great job with a strong future with only a high school education. Those kinds of jobs are just so plentiful in 2018, right?

  • 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.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, July 22, 2018

    Non-white cowboys
    Most people don’t know; and the Anglos don’t want them to know that the Nuevo Mexicanos were the first cowboys in North America, starting in 1598.
    We were also the first colonizers, ranchers, miners, etc. My ancestors were among the people, with Oñate, who drove 1,400 cattle and 800 horses to New Mexico on Aug. 11, 1598.

  • What is it that really defines you?

    By Rick Kraft

    What is really at the heart of your existence? What do you value that impacts your life on a day-to-day basis? What is it that really defines you?
     We are all basically the same. We have the basic need to stay alive. We experience the same emotions. We desire to have joy in the world we live in.

    We are all different. How we go about the above and other basics is different for each one of us. We independently march to the beat of our own drum.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, July 22, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, July 22, 2017.

  • NM uranium workers, downwinders finally get a hearing

    Seventy-three years ago this week, the United States detonated the first-ever atomic bomb in New Mexico, in a remote desert location now known as the Trinity Test Site.

    It was a top-secret affair that would lead to the bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. And while this test about 30 miles east of Carrizozo may be only a footnote in world history, for those who lived near the site at the time, it changed their lives forever.