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Today's Opinions

  • Who is trying to deceive whom?

    This letter is in response to Frank Splendoria’s letter in the Optic Sept. 13th.

    I have no interest in arguing with you about your abortion beliefs simply because I disagree with you (which I do). You can — and will — believe whatever you want. However, it is quite clear that you advocate for your religious views being made the law for everyone. You accuse me of trying to deceive readers about your position. I don’t think so. I think anyone reading your letters knows your views on abortion without any misdirection from me.

  • Shame on Congress

    Here we are at the start of another federal fiscal year and still no budget.

    For about 800,000 federal workers deemed “non-essential” that means forced furloughs. For members of the public it means closures of national parks and monuments and other federal agencies, and fears that an already weak economy will get even weaker.

    Worse yet, it’s a sign that our elected officials in Washington may just be irresponsible enough to refuse to raise the debt ceiling, a move that would force our nation to default on its financial obligations.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 2, 2013
  • Work of Art — ‘You’re a heretic’

    For years I’ve read about the old school marms, usually found in Dickensian novels, whose only way of passing on erudition is by ridicule.

    But it goes beyond what we read in Victorian novels; for some, it was a daily experience.

    Was I always a skeptic, or at least an inveterate questioner? In exasperation, Mom once announced to the family that the first word I ever spoke was “why?”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 30, 2013
  • Showing Mercy - An important milestone

    There has been so much debate over gay marriage,  with many bringing up the Bible and other religious beliefs against it. For the record, I am a Christian, and I am in support of same-sex marriage.

    It is simple: Our country was built on the foundation of freedom. Brave men and women have fought and died to preserve our right to freedom, and many of them were gays and lesbians.

  • Invest in children

    A three-day series in last week’s Albuquerque Journal highlighted the growing sentiment that states need to invest in early childhood programs and even prenatal care in order to gain ground in student achievement.

    It’s an important topic and one we should all pay attention to, given that New Mexico has long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom. Indeed, the 2013 National Kids Count Data Book ranks New Mexico last in overall child well being.

  • Writer: Trust but also verify

    In May I had a routine colonoscopy screening at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. Everyone involved was very kind, friendly and professional. I was impressed and very well-satisfied — until I received the bill.