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Today's Opinions

  • Another perspective - The need to fix a flawed tax shift

    By D. Dowd Muska

    On Jan. 1, 2005, food bought at New Mexico’s grocery stores was excluded from the gross receipts tax. In exchange for the break, the GRT was hiked on all other purchases.

    A decade later, it’s clear that the tax shift was a mistake.

    With several proposals before the legislature to reinstate the GRT on food, it’s time for an honest examination of how and why the well-meaning exemption failed.

  • Letters to the Editor - March 6, 2015

    Leading by example
    I was surprised, if not shocked, to read in Monday’s Optic (Feb. 23) that Rock Ulibarri was “battling” with the Rio Gallinas School for Art and Environment regarding his serving as a County Commissioner. I was genuinely stunned about this issue because the educational model vaunted by the Rio Gallinas School is “expeditionary learning”: teachers and students spend one day a week going out into the community on expeditions intended to relate classroom curriculum to the world in which students live.

  • Stability needed

    A critical component of the safety net in New Mexico is the behavioral health services provided to those in our communities with substance abuse problems or in need of mental health services.

    The firms providing these services are working with the most vulnerable among us, which is why it’s so important that their work continue without interruption.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 4, 2015
  • Work of Art: Who’s a Neanderthal?

    It might have been around the time of my first prom date — that would have been in the mid-’50s — when we’d been studying early man: Piltdown, Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon. We students at Immaculate Conception School became fascinated by the terms, presented with drawings of what our ancestors might have looked like.

    Accordingly, anyone who failed to render a quick and correct answer when called on by Sister Mucha Misa was labelled a Neanderthal, the same way we’d brand our classmates as creeps or nerds, or even Communists.

  • Avoid shut-down

    Just when you think Congress can’t get any more dysfunctional, it somehow manages to outdo itself.

    If you’ve paid attention to the national news over the last week or two you’ve likely heard about the possible partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department.

    Ironically, the dispute isn’t whether Homeland Security should be funded or at what amount.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 2, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico — Regulating the oil and gas industry

    Regulating oil and gas drilling in the state has taken some interesting turns of late, and very different directions.

    Over the past few months, two developments in northern New Mexico occurred that could actually shift the approach local governments take in regulating the industry. The infamous Mora County ban on drilling, via its misguided “community rights” ordinance, was recently struck down as unconstitutional, while next door in San Miguel County, a different kind of ordinance took root in November, to the consternation of the oil and gas industry.