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Today's Opinions

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Mouth to mouth

    By Beth Urech

    Years ago, I was working with a Swiss marketing director for a Fortune 500 firm with international headquarters in Zurich. We were discussing the best way to get the word out about a new product. Leading articles in scientific journals? TV? He suddenly said, “Ja, they are good approaches, but the best is mouth to mouth.”

    I knew he meant “word of mouth” but didn’t correct his error because I found it ingenuous. Of course, I agree with him that when someone says, “I tried it and it works,” we pay attention.

  • Expungement isn’t the answer

    The state Supreme Court will soon take up a case on whether judges in New Mexico have the authority to erase court and arrest records. If they determine that judges do have that authority, they’ll also have to tackle the question of when it is appropriate to take such an extraordinary action.

    There’s no question in our minds that arrest records are burdensome. They raise red flags for prospective employers.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 23, 2016
  • Straight from the City: Protecting the vulnerable among us

    You’ve likely read the recent news stories calling Las Vegas, NM, a “mental health ghetto,” and those in our community with mental and emotional diagnoses, “throwaways.”

    I have issues with those characterizations. The term “mental health ghetto” originated with a Ron Paul rant decrying mental health screening in public schools as “forcing kids into a mental health ghetto” as if being diagnosed with a mental or emotional condition is equivalent to being confined to an inner city slum.

  • Just a Thought: Experiencing life while lost in the woods

    By Rick Kraft

    It was after 10 p.m. on a very dark Canadian evening and we were lost in the woods ... literally. Out in nowhere in a land we had never been to before. Every street name was in French and we were unable to find the rustic resort we had made reservations to stay at.

  • Another Perspective: Want a say in New Mexico’s judges? Vote

    By Denise Torres and James Hall

    When you cast your vote in this year’s general election, you’ll have the opportunity to decide whether one Supreme Court Justice and three Court of Appeals judges stay on the bench by voting to retain or not retain.

    These elections, which are typically near the bottom of the ballot, probably involve individuals you’ve never heard of and know nothing about. Furthermore, you may not know how to assess whether they have been doing a good job.

  • Letters to the Editor - Oct. 23, 2016

    Don’t be hasty in passing judgment
    As a friend of Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron and resident of Las Vegas, I would hope that voters would at least give the mayor 12 months in office before passing judgment on her performance.

    I was surprised to read that the petition advocates claim that the last election was fraudulent. What proof do they have, whether it is one vote or 20? A win is a win. One cannot expect a new administration to fulfill campaign promises or anything else in seven months.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 21, 2016

    THUMBS UP! HOLE IN ONE
    Congratulations to Burt Bazan who is $10,000 richer today after having sunk a hole-in-one on hole No. 9 at the Gene Torres Golf Course. This took place during a tournament last Saturday. The prize was made possible by an insurance policy for such contests.  

    THUMBS DOWN! IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR