Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon Dec. 16, 2015
  • Editorial: Giving the public a say

    San Miguel County Commissioners received an earful from their constituents last week in response to a proposal that the Commission consider doing away with public input at their meetings.

    To their credit, commissioners ended up deciding to continue hearing public input at their monthly meetings, which, in our view, was the right thing to do. But we’re disappointed in the county for floating the idea in the first place.

  • A work of Art:The idiocy of idioms

    Being the host family for a couple of Euros, my wife and I have needed to tone down our use of idioms. My dictionary defines an idiom as “a group of words established by usage as having meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.”

    I believe a more acceptable definition would be an expression that on the surface doesn’t make sense. We refer to “carrying out the plan” when there’s no hint of hefting something out of a room. And we speak of fixing breakfast when nobody was aware of anything broken. Except maybe a fast.

  • Editorial cartoon - Dec. 13. 2015
  • Another Perspective: Early Holiday Gift for Students

    By Betty Patterson

    New Mexico ushers in this holiday season with one of the best gifts students and educators have received in a long time — passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives, and this week in the U.S. Senate, ESSA is a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind.

  • Letters to the Editor - Dec. 13, 2015

    Splendoria reflects on Colorado shooting

    More murders at “Murder Central,” aka Planned Parenthood, in Colorado Springs.

    There’s a saying: “What goes around, comes around.” Violence begets more violence, in this instance.
    Funny how that works.

    Frank Splendoria

    HU dean should be held accountable

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 13 , 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Daily Gazette of Schenectady on calls for registered gun owners to always carry sidearms when they leave their homes (Dec. 8):

    On a Friday morning outside the Empire State Building in August 2012, a disgruntled ex-employee of Hazan Import Co. used a .45-caliber pistol to gun down a former co-worker.

    In the shoot-out that followed in the street, the gunman was killed and nine others were wounded.

  • Just a Thought - You are responsible for your joy

    I cannot make you happy. I just can’t do it. There are absolutely no words I can write from my computer at this moment that you will read today and that will make you live a joyous life.

    Okay, we’ve got that behind us. Now let me tell you what I’ve found works for me.

    I have met a lot of people. You have met a lot of people. Each one  is programmed differently. There are general patterns of behavior, but there is also a high level of individuality. Each person brings different gift sets, different hang-ups, and different attitudes.