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Today's Opinions

  • Another perspective — Budget sets course for better future

    By Rep. Larry Larrañaga

    I’m proud that the House of Representatives recently passed a budget that will not only keep New Mexico on solid financial ground, but also chart a better course for the future of our state.



  • Think New Mexico - Senate Bill 474 makes health care prices clear

    By Fred Nathan

    Health care pricing has been likened to shopping blindfolded in a department store, and then months later receiving an indecipherable statement with a framed box at the bottom that says: pay this amount.

    Indeed, here in New Mexico it is easier to find information about the price and quality of a toaster than of a common medical procedure. Because information about price and quality is essential to almost every market transaction, this lack of transparency means that health care is more expensive than it would otherwise be.

  • Another perspective - The need to fix a flawed tax shift

    By D. Dowd Muska

    On Jan. 1, 2005, food bought at New Mexico’s grocery stores was excluded from the gross receipts tax. In exchange for the break, the GRT was hiked on all other purchases.

    A decade later, it’s clear that the tax shift was a mistake.

    With several proposals before the legislature to reinstate the GRT on food, it’s time for an honest examination of how and why the well-meaning exemption failed.

  • Letters to the Editor - March 6, 2015

    Leading by example
    I was surprised, if not shocked, to read in Monday’s Optic (Feb. 23) that Rock Ulibarri was “battling” with the Rio Gallinas School for Art and Environment regarding his serving as a County Commissioner. I was genuinely stunned about this issue because the educational model vaunted by the Rio Gallinas School is “expeditionary learning”: teachers and students spend one day a week going out into the community on expeditions intended to relate classroom curriculum to the world in which students live.

  • Stability needed

    A critical component of the safety net in New Mexico is the behavioral health services provided to those in our communities with substance abuse problems or in need of mental health services.

    The firms providing these services are working with the most vulnerable among us, which is why it’s so important that their work continue without interruption.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 4, 2015
  • Work of Art: Who’s a Neanderthal?

    It might have been around the time of my first prom date — that would have been in the mid-’50s — when we’d been studying early man: Piltdown, Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon. We students at Immaculate Conception School became fascinated by the terms, presented with drawings of what our ancestors might have looked like.

    Accordingly, anyone who failed to render a quick and correct answer when called on by Sister Mucha Misa was labelled a Neanderthal, the same way we’d brand our classmates as creeps or nerds, or even Communists.

  • Avoid shut-down

    Just when you think Congress can’t get any more dysfunctional, it somehow manages to outdo itself.

    If you’ve paid attention to the national news over the last week or two you’ve likely heard about the possible partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department.

    Ironically, the dispute isn’t whether Homeland Security should be funded or at what amount.