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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - We’re overloaded with communication and information

    In the beginning, people communicated face-to-face, or at least within earshot of each other. It was primitive but effective enough, and the social creature we call “human” evolved into the dominant species we are today.

    Then came long-distance communication through messengers and the mail, followed by the invention of the telegraph to speed it all up. By the time the 20th century rolled around, we were talking with each other on telephones, grounded by electrical lines until wireless came along.

  • A double standard

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Rutland Herald of Vermont and was originally published on Sept. 8.

    Hillary Clinton is contending with a double standard that is about more than gender. Because she has a record of accomplishment — as first lady, senator and secretary of state — the public expects a high standard of success from her. Every deviation from excellence is subject to scrutiny. Every failing is magnified.

  • Work of Art: It’s right downtown

    Do you ever run into people whom you like instantly? It happens often in our case.

    We met Tony and Elizabeth Riome last Tuesday morning. They are from Scotland, both former air traffic controllers in Norway. It was our daughter-in-law, Connie Trujillo, who took the first step at New Mexico Hospitality 101. As she left the El Fidel Monday, Connie noticed an elderly couple toting suitcases. They were asking the waiter if, where and whether they could hire a taxi.

    A taxi in Las Vegas? Connie instead offered the couple a ride to their hotel.

  • Instant fusion: Love and music

    By Beth Urech

    ver experience instant fusion with another human being? I recently did. I’m helping promote the Fifth Meadow City Music Festival coming up at the end of September. More than 20 groups will perform at our wonderful Plaza Park, the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel and JC’s New York Pizza.

  • Homeowners deserve better

    It’s a terrifying prospect: You find a house you like and make an offer on it. The offer is accepted, and you move forward on the closing process, buying title insurance and signing a mountain of paperwork for the mortgage on your new home.

    You take possession of the home and faithfully pay your taxes and mortgage. Then 10 years later, surprise! You can’t refinance or sell the house because it turns out you don’t actually have a clear title to the property.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 11, 2016
  • Another Perspective: What matters most in improving our higher education outcomes

    By Sam Minner

    The debates about improving the performance of New Mexico’s institutions of higher education have sharpened recently as the state budget faces daunting shortfalls.

    The budgets for all public colleges and universities have recently been reduced, and more cuts might be on the way. 

    State funding for higher education is not mandated in New Mexico and, as a result, when cuts in state government have to be made, higher education often bears them.

  • Just a Thought: Victims or heroes? The choice is yours

    By Rick Kraft

    “Honey, call 911. My flight’s been hijacked. I know we’re all going to die. I’m not giving up. We’re getting ready to do something. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you honey.” These were the words spoken by 38-year-old Tom Burnett 3,000 feet  in the air over the skies of Pennsylvania on the morning of Sept. 11, 15 years ago to his wife Deena who was having breakfast at home in California.