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Today's Opinions

  • Tools to make capital outlay more efficient

    Capital outlay funding is a controversial and difficult process. The demand for state money far exceeds the funds available; for the 2018 legislative session, state and local governments have requested over $2 billion for capital outlay funded by general obligation and severance tax bonds.

    The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the General Services Department and legislators are responsible for prioritizing these requests and allocating funds, but frequently find themselves missing the tools necessary to do so.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.

  • One hundred years — minus one day

    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” Words of wisdom spoken by great philosopher Winnie the Pooh. I have a plaque on my desk here at home that reminds me of this daily.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

    No celebrity worship
    On Jan. 25, on CNN’s “At This Hour with Kate Balduan,” Ms. Baldwin and guest Ron Bonjean, former Spokesman for Sen. Trent Lott, gleefully speculated on whether Oprah Winfrey’s statement that running for president “is not something than interests me” was Ms. Winfrey’s final word on the subject.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Feb. 9, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: FEWER STATEMENTS, MORE ANSWERS
    While we applaud the two recent town hall meetings where Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron and a number of city department heads discussed projects and challenges, the format for the Jan. 30 meeting may have been a wee-bit too speaker-heavy, as several heads of departments detailed nearly every aspect of their work.

  • Thoughts about those who shape our lives

    When you’ve lived a full life, you think back on those who helped shape you into who you are. Parents and spouses immediately come to mind for most folks, but people you meet along the way also make their mark on you.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

  • ‘A zero chance of precip’

    And for the zillionth time this winter, KFUN’s Joseph Baca has announced, “There is zero chance of precipitation today.”
    Can’t this station manager come up with better announcements?
    But we ought not blame him, as his job is only reporting the news, not determining it.

    Each day that I hear that dismal announcement I long for the days of yore when Mother Nature used to provide beneficence. Or at least some snow.