Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoon - Dec. 23. 2015
  • Christmas arrives early

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Free Press of Mankato, Minn., and was originally published last Friday.

    Americans got an early Christmas gift with Congress on the verge of approving a bipartisan budget deal that keeps tax cuts in place and keeps the government running through Sept. 30.

    No threats of a Grinch-like shutdown. No plans to cut off the poor and the elderly or the children on the Island of Misfit Toys. No plans to cut tax breaks for oil companies.

  • A work of Art: Jump into the Equator?

    In the same way that the Dallas Cowboys are “the team America loves to hate,” my older brother, Severino instilled that feeling in me long before I’d even heard of that pro team from Texas.

    I spent my pre-teens dreaming up diabolical schemes to get even.

  • Editorial cartoon - Dec. 20. 2015
  • Editorial: Duran sentence is appropriate

    Too often when a public official gets caught breaking the very laws he or she is supposed to be upholding, judges responsible for handing out punishment complain that their hands are tied because of plea deals and then proceed to give those former officials a slap on the wrist for their transgressions.

  • Another Perspective: Attention, legislators: It’s time to act on ethics, campaign reforms

    This fall was a busy one when it came to the issues that Common Cause has tackled for the past decade. The news about former Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s illegal use of campaign funds for personal purposes, coverage of discrepancies in legislators’ campaign finance reports, and bad ratings on corruption scorecards just kept coming…and coming. Ten years ago, a similar news windfall, this one about New Mexico Treasurer Robert Vigil and his use of that office to trade kickbacks for state business, led to a period of reform. It’s time to do it again.

  • Letters to the Editor - Dec. 20, 2015

    Why are gas prices here so much higher?

    Question, with the falling price of crude oil now below $37, why are pump prices not reflecting a commensurate low locally?

    Local prices are well above Albuquerque and even Clayton, a traditionally higher priced area than LV. Most areas adjacent to LV are well below $2; it doesn’t make sense this one area, not so remote is following the trend of California.

    Steven Millard

    Mil Gracias

  • Just a Thought - John Wooden’s favorite maxims of wisdom

    If you had the opportunity to list out a baker’s dozen of maxims that would be typed up and placed in a time capsule to be opened 25 years after your death and then disseminated through every media source, electronic and paper, so virtually the entire country could learn from your wisdom, what maxims would you write?