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Today's Opinions

  • Inevitable outcome

    There’s an old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that’s certainly the case with Mora County and its community rights ordinance.

    A divided Mora County Commission adopted the ordinance in 2013. To her credit, Commissioner Paula Garcia voted against the measure.

    Besides permanently banning oil and gas drilling, the ordinance sought to strip corporations of rights the U.S. Supreme Court has determined they are entitled to.

  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 26, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Looking into the year and years ahead

    A futurist I’m not, but like most people, I do like to gaze into the unknown from time to time, even if it is an exercise in uncertainty. So in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d throw out a few predictions, starting with a couple of obvious ones.

    Here in the U.S., we’re moving toward the legalization of recreational marijuana, and I expect that to go all the way.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 23, 2015

    THUMBS UP! MLK DAY OF SERVICE
    Roughly 20 people spent part of their Monday working on La Milpa Community Garden as a way to give back to their community and mark Martin Luther King Day. Vista volunteers, community members and United World College-USA students rolled up their sleeves and spent several hours doing everything from putting up a wooden fence and getting rid of invasive weeds. For everyone who did volunteer work, we say thank you. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to making things better for others.

  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 23, 2015
  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 23, 2015
  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 23, 2015

    ‘Sticks and Stones’
    Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” I learned that little rhyme in grade school where kids could get really mad and yell bad names at you.
    “Your mother wears combat boots,” was considered a nasty, derogatory statement about your mother. Kids said that.
    Perhaps Pope Francis would have benefited if he had attended Farragut School in Joliet, Ill., as I did.

  • Another Perspective - A common sense approach

    By Bob Wessely

    We have all seen or read the evidence — both anecdotal and scientific — about the risks associated with oil and gas development, including the fracking technique. We’ve also seen the advertisements with blue skies and daffodils, along with the promise of plentiful jobs and economic prosperity from industry. Whom to believe? How to proceed?