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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: How to use all that money

    “One dollar and 87 cents.” Those are the opening lines to  O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” the Christmas classic about a couple struggling and each wanting to buy a gift for the other. That was in 1906, when a dollar bought  something.

    Most people know the story: Jim sells his watch to a jeweler so he can buy Della a set of beautiful brushes. Meanwhile, she’s undergoing the same struggle and agrees to sell her hair to buy Jim a gold watch fob.

  • Angels among us

    If you’re like most American families, chances are you’ve already bought your turkey, and your pantry is overflowing with everything you need to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving meal.

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. But it should also be a time to think of those less fortunate and to do what we can to make their lives a little brighter.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 24, 2014
  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 24, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - The sentiment behind Thanksgiving

    Let’s face it: Thanksgiving traditions are based on an incomplete memory. Maybe the Puritans sat down and ate with Native Americans a time or two, but they actually brought more death and destruction to the tribes they encountered than they did turkey and dressing.

    But it’s the sentiment, not its historic significance, that makes Thanksgiving special. I think most Americans are both believers and optimists, so taking time to give thanks is simply part of our better nature.

  • Sticker shock

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center pool area has been offline since early May, when fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof.

    Six months later, consultants hired by the city to look at the building are estimating that it will cost about $3.3 million to repair the roof and to take care of the other deficiencies discovered in the building.

    We’ll be the first to admit that the $3.3 million figure was shockingly high, and we wonder how the city is going to come up with that funding.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 19, 2014
  • Work of Art: Assembly line works well

    “Please! Don’t recite any recipes. I beg of you.” And with that surprisingly authoritarian tone, I explained that all I had done was compliment the chef over the meal my wife and I had been invited to.

    Any comment about the food during the meal often leads to a detailed recipetation of each step, as if we were taking notes.