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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 28, 2014
  • Group pushing for rights ordinance

    The San Miguel County Commissioners in New Mexico appear to be, by majority, pro-drilling. When a six month county-wide moratorium expires in June, the Commissioners have indicated they intend to adopt a regulatory oil and gas ordinance that will allow fracking, and will do nothing to assert the community’s rights to say “No!” to fracking and to protect their water.  

  • Writer supports Trujillo, Baca

    I see that there are several candidates for the position of judges. The County of San Miguel voters would be wise to elect Eddie Trujillo and Gerald Baca.

    These two men are both very fair in their judgments, and do whatever they can to help  offenders rehabilitate. San Miguel County is lucky to have these two men working in the courts, and they would be wise to keep them. I know because I worked with the people of San Miguel County for 12 years. They are both a pride to their profession.

    Rosalie Regensberg
    Holman
     

  • Student urges ban on plastic bags

    I am an international student attending the United World College of the American West in Montezuma. In this moment I am writing as a citizen and constituent of Las Vegas. I am advancing a proposal for a ban on single use plastic bags to Las Vegas City Councilors, and I would like to raise the awareness on this issue around the city.

  • Wary of Gov. Martinez

    If I knew nothing else about Gov. Susana Martinez’ accomplishments and non-accomplishments, I would be very wary of her, based only on the issue she continues to flog day in and day out, “illegal immigrant” driver’s licenses.  This is her highest-priority issue, based on her incessant Facebook posts on the subject -- when she could be using her platform to discuss any number of the more serious but less emotional issues facing us.

  • Nuestra Historia - The quest for HU’s first Hispanic president

    There was no more telling harbinger of the change yet to come at Highlands University, than Ralph Carlisle Smith’s first decision as interim president, that he and his wife Harriett (Petey) would not move into the president’s residence, but would continue living in their private home.

    To close friends, Smitty confided soon after his appointment in August 1970, that his tenure was likely very temporary, as he believed the recent events at Highlands had engendered an unstoppable momentum for the appointment of a “Spanish-American” president.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on agencies issuing mining permits (Feb. 25):
    No matter how many peer-reviewed studies link living near surface mining to higher rates of disease, death and birth defects, it’s of no consequence to the agencies issuing the permits.
    That astounding gap in a process that’s supposed to protect the public came to light during arguments this month before a federal appeals court.

  • Protecting children

    We’re baffled by the state Legislature’s failure to enact a law that makes it clear that each and every one of us is responsible for reporting child abuse if we’re aware of it.

    Given the recent high-profile child abuse cases that have dominated television newscasts in recent months, we would have though that closing this legal loophole would have been high up on lawmakers’ list of priorities. Sadly, it took a back seat to other matters, and the most vulnerable children in our state may end up paying the price.