Today's Opinions

  • Just a Thought: Where does your identity come from?

    Who are you? No really, who are you?

    What if I gave you 15 words to communicate who you are and what your life is all about. What would you write? What descriptive words might you use?

    Another way of asking this question is, “What is your identity?”

    Identity was the word of the year in 2015, according to dictionary.com. One definition of the word in dictionary.com is “condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing.”

  • Another Perspective: Planning a more diversified economy

    Before the past legislative session began, I wrote a column suggesting that our main focus as a legislature should be on restoring hope for all New Mexicans by developing a responsible budget, reforming our capital outlay system and addressing compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, among other things. As with all legislative sessions, the mindset going in tends to shift a bit before it’s all said and done, and so while I still remain focused on restoring hope, I have a better sense now of just how to do it.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Today’s politicians could learn from college debaters of past

    I would be first in line to sit in on a speech class a Highlands U. at the moment. I have watched the widely aired political debates on TV and I question whether any of the various politicians, or the moderators for that matter, ever had a college level speech class that included the art of debate. 

    I don’t think the format has changed all that much in the last 60 years and the moderator very carefully lays out the ground rules at the start of each debate.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 9, 2016
  • Thumbs Mar. 11, 2016

    Alfred Ulibarri, a 45-year-old Las Vegas man, was arrested and charged with his fifth DUI last week. Court documents state that Ulibarri admitted to drinking two half pints of Northern Lights before getting behind the wheel. It goes without saying that Ulibarri is innocent until proven guilty. Still, a fifth DUI arrest is telling and reinforces the feeling held by many that our community has a major problem with drinking and driving. 


  • Dispatch New Mexico- How about a Trump-Sanders ticket?

    Last week, on the night of Super Tuesday, one of my brothers who lives in Memphis, Tenn., called me up to talk about the presidential primaries. The conversation turned lively in a hurry as we went from politics to talk of the “revolutions” now underway in our nation.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 9, 2016
  • The case against Trump

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The MetroWest Daily News of Framingham (Mass.), and was originally published on March 4.

    True, Mitt Romney is an imperfect messenger for the denunciation of Donald Trump that he delivered Thursday. Romney cheerfully accepted a Trump endorsement in 2012. As the former standard-bearer of his party, he is a quintessential establishment figure, whose criticism may be taken as affirmation by some Trump supporters. And, yes, he is coming late to the argument.