Today's Opinions

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Fall is falling behind this year

    I discovered predictions, particularly about weather forecasting rarely come true. Yes, we have had no measurable rain (or snow) in September. Way back in the old days we often had a measurable snow storm around Labor Day Weekend. And now we are supposed to have El Niño coming our way. I wonder if it actually will show up as winter approaches.

  • Thumbs 10-9-15

    Raton native Paul Modrich, 69, and fellow researchers Thomas Lindahl and Aziz Sancar have been awarded a Nobel Prize for chemistry. The trio’s research explains and maps how the cells repair DNA, a discovery tht helps physicians understand and combat diseases. Modrich said the biological diversity around Raton helped spark his curiosity.


  • ‘Watchman’ highlights ‘gradualism’

    Earlier this year, I wrote about the latest manuscript written by Harper Lee, author of the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” saying I was both excited and anxious about reading “Go Set a Watchman” since one of the central characters, Atticus Finch, reminded me of my own father.

    I wasn’t too excited about tarnishing the heroic deeds of either man, but I knew I’d feel compelled to read the book anyway. And now I have.

  • Combatting addiction

    Last year was a record year in New Mexico for overdose deaths.

    According to the Albuquerque Journal, 536 New Mexicans died of overdoses in 2014. The figure represents a 19 percent increase over 2013 deaths.

    The paper reported that nearly half of those overdose deaths were the result of prescription opioids or narcotic painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone.

    We’ve known for years that prescription drug overdose deaths in our state are high and that something needs to be done to combat the problem.

  • A Work of Art: Things we knew as kids

    This will be an audience-participation-type column in which readers will be invited to submit some of their own comments on how things used to be (and maybe still are).
    The inspiration came from a web site that lists a number of things we were taught as children, things that were probably explained to us by our parents, who heard the same things from our grandparents, who in turn . . .

  • Palabras Pintorescas: A brief lesson on Cow Culture 101

    It has taken a while, but our mountains have finally fallen into fall. Most of the aspen are still green, but every day is still a changing color day here now. Question is, will that predicted and so needed winter snowstorm actually develop and fill our high mountain peak full of snow again?

    That is so necessary to fill our depleting water reservoirs, known as aquifers.

  • Editorial: Advocating for openness

    “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
    —James Madison

    It’s a relatively young organization, but the impact that the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has had in this state is enormous.

  • Another Perspective- Catastrophic pollution hurting us

    By michael michellle mattathias