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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Using the death penalty as a political football

    Gov. Susana Martinez has called lawmakers to Santa Fe for a special session today. A serious shortfall in tax revenues necessitates the session, or else she wouldn’t be calling it in the first place.

    About a month ago, she said the session would be necessary, but she wanted to keep it a short one — maybe even a half-day — by hammering out a bill amending the budget beforehand.

  • Las Vegas at its best

    Most of us know the tragic story of Jeramiah Gouin, the Sapello teen who was left paralyzed from the chest down after a May 31 accident at a bull-riding camp in Maxwell. A bull stepped on him, crushing all but one of the eight vertebrae in his neck.

    Jeramiah, who turned 18 on Sunday, spent nearly four months in hospitals after the accident and finally returned home this past Sunday.

    In anticipation of his homecoming, local contractor Travis Regensberg undertook a $65,000 remodel of Jeramiah’s home. And he’s doing it with donated labor and materials.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 28, 2016
  • Work of Art: Big whoopee! Let’s be neater

    There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who use the Oxford comma, and those who don’t. I’m not a willing user, even to the peril of a lowered grade in school.

    An instructor we suffered through in the Dark Ages at Highlands University laid out some arcane rules we were to follow in doing our homework. One was that we use the serial (or Oxford or Harvard) comma whenever necessary. “It looks neater,” she said.

  • Wells Fargo scandal

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was initially published on Sept. 19.

    Banks go to great lengths to guard against cybercriminals hacking customers’ accounts. Now customers must worry about getting robbed by their own bank.

    That’s just one takeaway from an investigation that found employees at Wells Fargo opened more than 2 million fake checking, credit, and debit card accounts for customers in order to meet sales targets and earn bonuses.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 25, 2016
  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 25, 2016
  • Straight from the City: Demanding value for taxpayers’ dime

    Considerable taxpayer dollars were awarded by the City in the past to local non-profit groups. Many of the groups had overlapping missions, (e.g., economic development or tourism.) The specific, measurable results which that money was supposed to produce were sometimes soft services rather than hard deliverables, and the outcomes were not always well-documented or even well-defined.  

    That practice cannot continue in our current economic climate.