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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Yes, too windy
    Hooray! It’s spring, and summer is just around the corner. Time for barbecues, swimming, vacations and an all-time favorite: baseball.

    As you know if you were in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 17, we had “hurricane” winds of 79 mph. No one in their right mind would be out in these weather conditions., especially young children, but there was, with three Little League teams playing at Keyes Park.The winds were strong, even between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, May 18, 2018

    THUMBS UP: MORA MOMENTUM?
    After Jarrod Duran caught the final out of Friday’s 12-2 win over No. 1 seed Mesilla Valley Christian, he ran toward the Isotopes Park infield to celebrate with his state-champion Mora Ranger teammates.

    Hopefully, Mora’s first state title in baseball is a sign of more impressive non-sports accomplishments in the years ahead.
    Mora’s love for hoops is well-known, and its cross country and volleyball success, coupled with baseball, show both a fighting spirit and a knowledge of the game.

  • Unconventional advice for graduates

    Editor’s note: This column was first written and distributed in 2015.

    It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation.

    They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and make their families proud.Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 18, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 18, 2018.

  • A bit of a musical treat

    Far be it from me to consider myself musical. It’s true that I took piano lessons in my 30’s, but not much grew out of that, despite my teacher, Ann Mishler’s encouragement and keeping her fingers crossed.

    A few years ago, a neighbor knocked on my door on a hot afternoon, like this one. He wanted to join us, he explained, because he was curious about what our gathering was about. We had decided on a wholesale washing of cars.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

  • There is something special about a mother

    By Rick Kraft

    There is just something special about mothers that is hard to fully explain.

    It involves emotions and generally gratitude for the sacrifices they make. I learned to appreciate my mother more when I first-hand experienced the birth and raising of my children. My mother invested so much of her life in me and my sisters and brother.

  • 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.