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Today's Opinions

  • Nixing records a big deal

    We’ll be the first ones to admit that the timing is more than a little suspect.

    With just weeks to go before the November general election, the district attorney representing the Las Cruces area drops a bombshell. Mark D’Antonio, a Democrat, issued a report last Tuesday alleging that an internal investigation has determined that a former district attorney and her staffers appear to have intentionally deleted politically sensitive emails and erased hard drives before leaving office.

  • Work of Art — Cursive: Not what we think

    It started as a pleasant but intense discussion on the future of cursive writing. But before we get into it, let me pre-sanitize all implications of the word. You see, even though I’d used it most of my life, I’d never even heard the term, until much later in life.

  • Expungement a bad idea

    In a perfect world, anyone who commits a crime and is arrested would be convicted and end up behind bars if the crime is serious enough.

    It goes without saying that we don’t live in a perfect world.

    Our country’s founding fathers set up a criminal justice system in which prosecutors must prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order for that individual to be convicted of a crime. And that’s exactly as it should be. As the saying goes, it’s better that 10 guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 29, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Violence against women vs. real manhood

    Thanks, NFL, for sparking a worthy national conversation. When it comes to the issue of domestic violence, you’ve given us a wealth of examples about how not to behave.

    Of course, it’s more important to talk about how such violence hits us at home, in our local communities, but it’s easier to discuss it when some faraway football players are under the microscope. So let’s ease in and start with Ray Rice.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 26, 2014

    THUMBS UP! RHS-ST. MIKE’S RIVALRY IS HUGE   
    When rivals Robertson High School Cardinals and the Santa Fe St. Michael’s Horsemen meet in football, the object isn’t just to win but to win big. Each team dreams of holding the other team scoreless, in what might have become the big rivalry in Class 4A football. The Cardinals won big, holding the Horsemen scoreless. But let’s not over-celebrate, as the Capital City crew is vowing revenge, perhaps down the line during tournament time.

    THUMBS UP! HU GAME WAS RECORD-SETTER

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 26, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Born on the Fourth of July

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The railroad tracks laid down by the AT&SF reached Las Vegas on July 1 1879, and the first train arrived here three days later on the Fourth of July, with Dan Daley at the throttle and Charlie Brooks as conductor.