.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: 'He kept us safe'

    This morning, just five days before the inauguration of a new president, I had a detailed conversation with my grandson and namesake.

    I mentioned, in all sincerity, that Bush had ended the year on a positive note. “He demonstrated remarkable leadership, was strong, was quick to make the right decisions, acted courageously and, in the final distillation, made a lot of people happy.”

  • COLUMN: Divorce doesn't go through

    SANTA FE — I’ve told this one before but it is even more appropriate now. It illustrates how politics works, anywhere, at the most basic level.

    It was 1994. Gov. Bruce King was running for a second consecutive term. Lt. Gov. Casey Luna had left the fold. Patricia Madrid and Diane Denish were the leading contenders to replace Luna.

    On primary election night, Democrats met at the Hilton Inn, by the Big I, in Albuquerque. Much of the interest centered on the close race for lieutenant governor. Both candidates had big hospitality rooms.

  • EDITORIAL: Openness can only help

    For years, the Las Vegas City Council and city staffers have discussed the thoughts and statements of Floyd Duran, a federal official with great power over the local housing authority.

    The Las Vegas native placed the authority on troubled status in 2005, which meant greater federal scrutiny. But he has said nothing publicly about the process since that time.

  • COLUMN: We have failed as an industry

    I’ve been reading the Albuquerque Journal for more than two decades; as the state’s largest newspaper, it’s been my bible for New Mexico news.

    But the Journal, like the rest of us, is having to make serious cutbacks in this recession.

    In last Friday’s Journal, tucked away on the bottom of the business page deep inside the Journal, the paper ran a story with the headline, “Journal announces newsroom changes.”

  • COLUMN: Float again carried humor

    SANTA FE — Humor carried the day again for New Mexico in the 2009 Rose Parade. Our float, depicting Wile E. Coyote rocketing down Route 66 after New Mexico’s state bird was selected by judges for the Bob Hope Humor Award.

    It’s the second year in a row that a whimsical theme has won an award for New Mexico. Traditionalists were mortified last year when the state Tourism Department selected a topic promoting New Mexico’s Spaceport America, with an assist by three little green men from Roswell.

  • LETTER: A personal reaction to terrorism in Gaza

    I spent the first years of my life in northern England living below the flight path of Luftwaffe planes as they flew back and forth from Germany in an effort to “take out” the docks, canals, mills and mines of industrial Lancashire and to use fear to demoralize the population.  Air-raids, sirens, nights spent in shelters and in darkness, explosions and making my way to school passing bombed and burned-out buildings were the norm.

  • EDITORIAL: Compromise needed

    Our society needs to eliminate any unnecessary bureaucracy that keeps officers from doing their jobs. Unfortunately, a policy at the San Miguel County jail may be keeping cops off the streets.

    Both state and city police officials have criticized a jail policy that requires medical clearances for all DWI offenders. The jail’s warden insists the policy has been in place for years, while the police agencies contend it has been in effect for just a few weeks. Maybe the jail enacted the policy long ago, but it appears that jailers hadn’t been enforcing it until lately.

  • LETTER: Choice decoration along Interstate 25

    It’s been a pet peeve of mine for several years. On and off the air. Every time I drive into town to check the mail, go to the bank or run other errands, I hop on Interstate 25, exit 347 and off the middle exit. And every time I admire the choice decorations of wrecked cars, old trucks, gutted school buses, single wides with their roofs flapping in the breeze, 18-wheelers and mountains of wooden pallets along that stretch of I-25.