As a UNM alum from several decades ago, I would like to joyfully share a new idea about how to help Puerto Rico. This administration's abysmal response to the direly urgent catastrophic destruction of the agriculture, the electrical power, and the infrastructure of the island is shocking indeed. Last night I told a new UNM friend that if I were much younger, in my twenties or thirties, I would find a way to go there and help however and wherever I could.


When I met my stepmom eight years ago, she had just moved to New Mexico from China. When I asked how different China was from New Mexico, she said one of the most striking differences is the clean air we have here. This was one of the first times I wanted to research how people could have such disregard for their environment. Now I’m a student at UNM studying economics and sustainability studies.


This letter is in response to the articles covering the recent shooting in Las Vegas.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard, whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.

Choosing the path of a student is one that is often filled with chaos as one strives to fill every role they are expected to fill as adults. In many instances, the student finds they bit off more than they can chew, and these different roles will often suffer for it as a student works hard to complete their education.

But what if one role cannot suffer?

No matter the assignments that pile up or the test that must be studied for, one role that certain students cannot let suffer is that of a parent.

Letter: Trump's administration has done nothing to curb violence


On Friday Jan. 20, 2017, President Trump declared, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” On Oct. 5, 2017, the White House whined “that only 5 percent of media coverage has been positive about this President and this administration, while at the same time, you have the stock market and economic confidence at an all-time high; ISIS is on the run."

Here, in the reality-based community, the bull stock market began in March 9, 2009, which was one year after Obama took office. Why did Trump call Obama's economy carnage? ISIS has been on the run for years. The reason our dear leader hasn’t received positive news coverage is because the GOP hasn't accomplished ANYTHING in 10 months. Republicans control the White House, the Senate, the House and the Supreme Court, yet they simply can't GOVERN!

Letter: It's too soon to identify Las Vegas attack as terrorism


A deliberate and thoughtful approach is needed when describing the recent attack in Las Vegas.

A multiplicity of people have used “terrorism” to describe the event. Policy makers, such as Rep. Jim Cooper and even the famous YouTube star Casey Neistat used “terror” in their reference to the Las Vegas attack. Such labeling demonstrates a lack of understanding as to what terrorism is. Recent Daily Lobo articles precisely referenced the man as a “gunman,” not a terrorist.

BioBlog: How long would it take you to fall through the Earth?

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published online in the UNM BioBlog on Nov. 30, 2016, written by Felisa Smith. This is part of our project to help connect the Daily Lobo audience to more members of our community.

If there were a tunnel from one side of the Earth, through the core and out the other end, how long would it take to fall through it? Biology Professor Dr. Felisa Smith discusses this classic physics question in the UNM BioBlog.

Letter: NFL and Lobo protests should have been "nipped in the bud"


I am tired of seeing everybody “tip-toeing through the tulips” concerning the NFL and UNM Lobo football players’ protest, for fear of hurting someone’s feelings. There is a right and wrong about this issue that should have been addressed from the very beginning.

It is absolutely wrong for these football players to choose to protest during the playing/singing of the national anthem. This is extremely disrespectful. The football field is NOT the venue they should be using to air their grievance.

These players, like everybody else, have the right to protest whatever issue they choose. However, there is a right time and place to do so.

Column: A closer look at Marvel's representation of women on screen

Representation of women in the media in both film and television has always been rather skewed.

These representations almost always consist of women bending to the stereotypes that society deems acceptable to be considered beautiful. However, beyond just the superficial representation of women in film and television, these portrayals also do damage in the character department.

According to an overview of a series of studies conducted by Dr. Stacy Smith of the University of Southern California and her research team titled Gender Stereotypes: An Analysis of Popular Films and TV, “females take up half the space in society, yet, especially in films aimed at children, they appear much less frequently than do males. Nevertheless, when they do make it onto the silver or small screen, their portrayals can undermine their presence by being ‘hyper-attractive’ or ‘hypersexual’ and/or passive.”

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