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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 10, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Tale of two universities and their protests

    Before Berkeley, there was UNM. Same scheduled speaker, very different results.

    On Jan. 27, Milo Yiannapoulos, a far-right provocateur, came to the University of New Mexico to speak as part of his “Dangerous Faggot Tour.” The New Mexico Daily Lobo reported that about 600 people attended his speech, with another 200 or so outside protesting his presence on campus. Both gatherings were generally peaceful, according to the newspaper’s reports.

  • Gorsuch deserves fair hearing

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was originally published on Feb. 3.

    About an hour after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was announced in February 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would not hold a hearing, let alone a vote, on anyone President Barack Obama nominated as a replacement until after the presidential election.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 8, 2017
  • Work of Art: Going bankrupt? Again?

    Pick up any news article that deals with the bestowing of some sort of honor, be it the Super Bowl championship, winning the presidency of the United States, being named a beauty queen or being appointed hallway monitor at your high school. It doesn’t matter.

    What these supposed honors have in common is the choice of words the awardees use. Invariably, you’ll run across “humbled,” as in “I’m humbled to have been elected president.”

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Stemming the gender gap

    By Beth Urech

    As soon as I read about the new film “Hidden Figures,” I thought it would be an ideal way to introduce the girls and young women of Las Vegas to a possibility of pursuing a STEM career!

    Dare I admit that I only recently memorized what the initials stand for. Interested? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

  • Vote on Tuesday

    Voter turnout for school board elections tends to be low, which is sad, considering that the decisions school boards make directly affect the children in our community.

    We urge registered voters to take the time to consider the candidates in their districts and other ballot measures carefully and that they show up and vote on Tuesday.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Registered voters who reside within the West Las Vegas School District will elect three board members.

  • Court funding

    It’s no secret that New Mexico’s court system is struggling. Just a few weeks ago, Chief Justice Charles Daniels told lawmakers that the courts are on life support and that the state’s budget crisis threatens to undercut constitutional guarantees to a speedy trial, funding for juries, access to court records and other basic services.

    Given those realities, we are baffled by Gov. Susana Martinez’ decision to veto $800,000 in emergency funding for the courts.