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Today's Opinions

  • Scavenger hunt a fun experience

    Anyone who knows me well knows I’m far from a morning person. Getting up at 7 a.m. on a Sunday and out of the house would be out of the question normally. But Sunday, Jim Terr’s Las Vegas Treasure Hunt, not only got me up just after sunrise, but it got me out of the house before 8.

    My girlfriend, Shannon Trujillo, joined me on what I dubbed a good couple adventure. And adventure it was; we bonded as a couple, learned more about the history of Las Vegas, and just had a blast together.

  • Spend it wisely

    San Miguel County Commissioners signed off earlier this month on a one-twelfth-of-one percent gross receipts tax increase in San Miguel County that will go into effect on Jan. 1.

    We must admit that we were uneasy about the approval of the new tax, mostly because San Miguel County and the City of Las Vegas already have some of the highest gross receipts tax rates in New Mexico. We worry about the impact that has on both consumers and on businesses just trying to make ends meet.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 27, 2014
  • Work of Art: Chris saved me big bucks

    A few years ago, I wrote a let-me-now-eat-crow column in which I explained having taken credit for a really trivial act. It seems that a local woman, attempting to buy gas at Allsup’s, asked my son, Diego, to hold her place in line at the pumps.

  • Editorial cartoon: Throwing like a girl
  • Editorial: The sins of the father

    Two decades have elapsed since news first broke about child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in New Mexico, but the fallout continues.

    Four lawsuits were filed just last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men alleging that they were abused by priests as children. One of those lawsuits was filed by a 59-year-old Santa Fe man who says that when he was 7 or 8 he was sexually abused by a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas. That lawsuit names Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as a defendant, in addition to the archdiocese.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The earthships near Taos

    By Tom McDonald

    Let’s face it, we’ve really messed up the place.

    Sure, we take out the trash, but we really don’t get rid of it. We just hide it, and then pretend it’s really gone.

    But not everybody’s pretending. Some people actually pay attention to their mark upon the environment and work to leave a lighter footprint on the world in which they live.

    Some even build communities around such efforts. There’s one a few miles northwest of Taos — where the “earthships” are.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 22, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! FAILING TO PAY TAXES