Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 2, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Session balances budget, but just barely

    Lawmakers returned to Santa Fe this week and balanced the budget — and I think I know what’s going to happen. They have met briefly and gone home, criticizing the governor for what little money is left in reserves but satisfied that at least higher education and other funding was restored for the coming fiscal year.

    That may seem like a waste of $50,000 (the reported cost per day of having a special session), but I can understand why the legislators recessed rather than adjourned last week.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - World-class saxophone player returns

    Richie Cole is coming to town.At 7 p.m.  Friday at The Palms Ballroom, located on the south side of our plaza, you’ll get to hear a world-class sax player.

    Hopefully, The Palms will have painted their faded sign.

    This is Cole’s fourth performance in Las Vegas, so if you have been living here forever, you’ve probably already heard this musician, who writes and arranges big band-like music for seven musicians including four horns.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 31, 2017
  • Haitians shouldn’t lose status

    The following editorial was published in the Miami Herald on May 23:

    South Florida Haitian nationals who have been temporarily protected from deportation last week received what appeared to be good news. But in fact, it’s very bad news.

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Director John Kelly announced that the United States will extend Temporary Protected Status of 58,706 Haitians, many of them residents of Miami-Dade and Broward, for another six months, not the hoped-for 18 months. The benefit was set to expire in July.

  • Work of Art: OK — Maybe Facebook is addictive

    I confess various aspects of social media are addictive. I have been a user of Facebook for a few years; two sons correspond with me regularly, as do three daughters-in-law.

    One son won’t touch Facebook, and it took years to persuade my wife, Bonnie.

  • Drones are tools, not toys

    The following editorial was published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24:

    What is a drone? Is it just a new version of the model aircraft that decades of schoolchildren have flown in their backyards and parks with little harm to people or property? Or is it a far more dangerous, often much more substantial, piece of machinery that can fly thousands of feet in the air, requires little or no training to get off the ground and can cause serious damage?

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 28, 2017