Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor - June 5, 2015

    The enemy within
    Tell me it isn’t so! Powerful Catholics in the New Mexico Senate are not pro-life as their church teaches. Maybe, just maybe, late-term abortion is legal in New Mexico because of Catholics!
    Yes, that’s right; our representatives like Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Bernalillo) proudly defeated House Bill 390 regarding a ban on late-term abortion.

  • Read this summer

    Teachers and students throughout the country are breathing a sigh of relief with the arrival of summer vacations.
    Both groups have certainly earned a break given the litany of tests, and everything else they’ve endured throughout the school year.

    But there’s a downside to the nearly three-month summer break that students are beginning.

    It’s called the summer slide, a well-documented phenomenon where students lose reading proficiency during the summer months.

  • Editorial cartoon - June 3, 2015
  • Work of Art: It’s not part of my bivouac

    It’s interesting when people consistently use the incorrect word and can’t tolerate any correction, even when it’s offered politely.

    Let me explain:

    A friend with whom I once took classes at Highlands had been hobbling around on crutches a couple of weeks ago. I saw her this week, sans crutches and asked how she was doing. “Much better! I’m just glad I’m not ambulatory anymore!”

  • Embracing transparency

    We congratulate the New Mexico State Investment Council for finally seeing the error of its ways and agreeing to be more transparent when it comes to settlement agreements.

    The investment council voted last week to adopt a new policy requiring that all settlement agreements be voted on publicly by the full council. Negotiations can still take place behind closed doors.

    This is a significant — and welcome — change from its previous practice.

  • Editorial cartoon - June 1, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Our kids and the larger world

    First, allow me to do a little bragging about my kids. Then I’ll tie it to the larger world.

    I have two daughters. Amy, the older one, lives in Memphis, Tenn. Over the last year, she’s moved from a pre-school teacher to an after-school program director (that is, from a worker to a boss) while also attending the University of Memphis, where she’s been recognized as an outstanding senior in her chosen field of anthropology. No easy feats, I’d say, for someone who’s only 23 years old. Thankfully, she has the energy to do both.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 29, 2015