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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 20, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: COMMUNICATE, DON’T REPLICATE
    Three wonderful, important, family-oriented cultural opportunities are all scheduled to happen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  They all deserve a thumb UP, but the fact that they are scheduled at the same time — more or less — on the same day, drives some folks crazy.

  • Enveloped by drought and short-sightedness

    Oh, what a difference a year makes.

    Last year, the U.S. Drought Monitor map showed about half of New Mexico was in an “abnormally dry” condition, with only a tiny portion in the northeastern corner of the state actuall suffering from “moderate drought.”

    Now, that little corner of the state is suffering from “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions while most of the rest of the state is now in “severe” or “extreme” drought.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 20, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 20, 2018.

  • A loud pop delays the show

    Just when I thought it was safe to close the chapter on the George Gershwin/Cole Porter performance by the Highlands University Choir at Ilfeld Auditorium, along comes another aspect of the performance.

    Last week’s column covered the unexpected power failure in that historic building. Those several minutes left the auditorium in darkness, except for the handful of illuminated “exit” signs throughout the building.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

  • Please vote on Tuesday

    Think of the people in your life who tell you that they don’t vote; that votes don’t matter, every election is pre-determined, folks behind  the scenes have arranged it all.

    Notice how often crucial elections are decided by a handful of votes. “I didn’t make it to the polls this time” is a common excuse people give for staying away from the voting booth.

  • N.M. homelessness — as seen by a Norwegian

    My name is Annika, and I am a volunteer at the Samaritan House in Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA. Currently, I’m studying at the United World college in Montezuma, but primarily, I live in Norway.

    I moved here in August 2017 to attend the World College, and since then I have been going to the shelter with a group of other people from my school, every week.

    Considering the background I come from, I was not very familiar with homelessness before coming here.

  • Investing in a child is investing in the future

    A few years ago a 60 something-year-old man came to me for help. It was my first time meeting him. As an attorney having practiced law for over three and a half decades, I was ready to address his legal issues.
    I listened as he began to share his story. His issue was completely unrelated to his upbringing, but he began his story by saying “When I was seven years old my parents got divorced.” He proceeded to explain his current legal problem almost 60 years later.