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Today's Opinions

  • Plastic shopping bags should be banned

    My name is Bethany Bauer, and I’m 13 years old. I care about the environment  wholeheartedly, so I decided to find out what is very common, very bad, and  very easy to stop using. The answer: plastic shopping bags. Many places have already put a ban on these awful bags, and New Mexico should too.

    Plastic shopping bags pollute our groundwater, kill our wildlife, and roll around our state like the symbolic tumbleweed. If we don’t act soon, the plastic shopping bag symbol would be more fitting.

  • Mil Gracias - July 13, 2012

  • For now, he’s driving

    Joey Herrera is in a powerful position right now. The newest Las Vegas City Council member is sitting in the driver’s seat as a rift between Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron only gets wider.

    The second newest council member, Vince Howell, has been siding with Ortiz, while councilor David Romero mostly follows Gurule-Giron’s lead. So when Herrera votes with Howell, the council is split 2-2, which of course tips the advantage to Ortiz.

    It happened four times at the last City Council meeting.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 11, 2012
  • Work of Art - No more strraaiigghht ticket

    “And I want all of you to vote the strraaiigghht ticket when you go to the polls in November.” How many times have we heard this, and from how many politicians?

    Too many times and from too many politicians.

  • Substance, please

    The New Mexico primaries may have decided a number of in-state races, but they didn’t really impact the presidential race. Barack Obama has been in re-election mode for months now, and Mitt Romney sewed up the Republican nomination weeks ago in Texas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 9, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The Farmers’ Almanac

    Call me an old fogey if you want, but I think the Farmers’ Almanac is an interesting read.

    I can’t say I’m a loyal buyer of the annual booklet, but I’ve been perusing it for years, as a “gift” to this and other newspapers I’ve worked at. In other words, it’s a freebee I’ve enjoyed.

    This year, however, I didn’t receive one (or somebody else around here got hold of it before I did). So I was pleased to find a complimentary copy sitting on the counter at Quality Motor Co., which I gladly snatched up.