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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico- The latest ethics commission push

    Perhaps this will be the year when we actually get some decent ethical standards in place for state officials.

    It’s a long-running issue that seems to resurface every time someone gets in trouble, but for various political and provincial reasons, nothing ever gets through the state legislature. This year, however, one proposal might actually make it in front of New Mexico’s voters.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 3, 2015
  • A work of Art: Becoming so Americanized

    American pop culture apparently redounds throughout the world. And just when I begin to feel sorry for some non-Americans, as they seem to struggle with American English, I get a surprise.

    In our travels across the Atlantic, we’ve observed how remarkably similar things really are. At a McDonalds restaurant in Basel, Switzerland, we sat near crowds of teens swallowing Big Macs while texting and listening to popular American music. The only difference seemed to be that the default additive to a Swiss order of fries is mayo instead of catsup.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 31, 2016
  • Editorial: Drug deaths in America

    Editor’s note: The following editorial was published by The New York Times on Jan. 25.

    Congress has historically treated drug abuse as a malady afflicting mostly poor, minority communities, best dealt with by locking people up for long periods of time. The epidemic of drug overdose deaths currently ravaging white populations in cities and towns across the country has altered this line of thinking, and forced lawmakers to acknowledge that addiction is a problem that knows no racial barriers and can be best addressed with treatment.

  • Another Perspective: Leave driver’s licenses alone

    Lost amid the confusion, frustration and posturing regarding the federal government’s mandates for state driver’s licenses is an obvious solution: create a REAL ID card for those New Mexicans who want it and who qualify for it and keep the debate over driver’s licenses for immigrants separate.

  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 31, 2015

    All are outraged

    My  letter on the affair of the Trujillo cousins (Optic, Jan. 1) seems to have struck a nerve. Since Kenny Sandoval has resorted to name-calling (Optic, Jan. 10), I feel it necessary to respond. Just to set the record straight, I gladly accept the labels of curmudgeon and negativist. It took me many years to achieve this status.

  • Just a Thought - Why I am where I am today?

    I appreciate the University of Southern California not accepting Gary Elliot as a graduate student in 1976. It has made all the difference in my life. Gary has no idea of his impact on me and I have no idea where Gary is today. What? Let me dive into today’s column and see where it leads.