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Today's Opinions

  • Think New Mexico - Re-imposing the food tax doesn’t add up

    By Fred Nathan

    The best state sales tax systems (or gross receipts tax, as it is called in New Mexico) are broad, low, and don’t tax necessities, like food.

    If tax systems are broad and low, that means that the tax burden is shared widely by different products and services and doesn’t fall too heavily on any one sector. Meanwhile most states avoid taxing necessities so that citizens who live paycheck to paycheck are not forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.

  • Another Perspective - Tips on finding the right school for your child

    By Andrew R. Campanella

    If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options.

    As New Mexico commemorated National School Choice Week this week at 85 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 30, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Times Union of Albany, N.Y., on Republican control of Congress (Jan. 25):

    President Barack Obama laid out a broad agenda in his State of the Union address last week, focusing on the ways to help put the middle class back on track. Republicans who now control the House and Senate promptly went to work on brand promotion.
    We had hoped for better.

  • End-Of Life Decisions

    The state Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday on whether doctors should be allowed to help competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
    A ruling in the case is likely months away. We hope the judges deciding this case will lean toward compassion on this matter and rule that doctors should be allowed to help end the suffering of a terminally ill patient if that is what the patient wants.

  • Fans Split on Superbowl Outcomes

    In what’s become a ritual at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, about a dozen people interested in fitness and athletics provided their picks for Sunday’s Super Bowl. The participants came up with an almost even split. And most predict a close game. Here are their opinions:
    Albert Gonzales, a retired state government employee, is a Bronco fan who picks the Patriots because they have “power and all-around defense. It’ll be a close game.”

  • 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.