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Today's Opinions

  • Sheehan will be missed

    Michael Sheehan will officially step down as the Santa Fe archbishop in June now that Pope Francis has appointed Salt Lake City bishop John Wester to replace him.

    It’s been nearly 22 years since Sheehan took over as the archbishop, and he told The Associated Press last week that he believes he’s leaving the archdiocese a better place and that there’s more accountability in addressing allegations of abuse.

  • Editorial cartoon - May 6, 2015
  • Work of Art: How can we unsay it?

    The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit,
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
        —Omar Khayyam
        
    Of all the words I’ve read during my 76 years on Earth, I find it difficult to imagine a bit of verse more profound. And as a writer, I’m obviously aware of how difficult it is — as the rhyme by the Persian poet indicates — to unsay it.

  • Editorial cartoon - May 4, 2015
  • Time to mend rift

    Mora County dodged a bullet last month with the settlement of two federal lawsuits filed over the county’s Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, which attempted to ban all oil and gas drilling in the county.

    A federal judge struck down that ordinance in January after determining that it violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights and conflicted with state law. But one of the issues left unresolved was whether Mora County would be forced to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees incurred by the plaintiffs in bringing the lawsuit.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A most interesting man of consequence

    He was a short and stocky man, loud in life and with a laugh to beat all hell. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the most interesting man I’ve ever known.

    Unfortunately, I lost touch with him years ago, so to protect his privacy I’ll only call him Dean in this writing. I wouldn’t want to make him mad, as he was also the toughest man I’ve ever known.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 1, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN INNOVATIVE INCENTIVE
    Highlands University regents voted last Friday to offer incoming freshmen a $1,000 bonus if they graduate from the university within four years. Outgoing President Jim Fries proposed the bonus as a way to provide an incentive to incoming students to complete their undergraduate degrees as quickly as possible. It’s a great deal for students. We hope many of the university’s incoming freshmen earn that bonus and that Highlands’ dismal four-year graduate rate will surge as a result.

  • Editorial cartoons - May 1, 2015