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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - April 3, 2015

    Railroad part of our heritage
    Now that the Amtrak route through the original Las Vegas has been granted a reprieve, maybe it is time for us to think about ways to firm up the railroad as an important part of our heritage.
    Why don’t we take the initiative to create a railroad-based historical and recreational district which would include all of the facilities built by or because of the railroad from 1879 until the First World War — all of them more than a century old.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 1, 2015
  • Raise GPA requirement

    Students attending a New Mexico college or university on the Legislative Lottery Scholarship should prepare themselves for yet another decrease in the funds awarded.

    The scholarship fund is in trouble because tuition has been increasing and because more students have been taking advantage of the program.

    The lottery scholarship has historically covered the full cost of tuition for qualifying students. Last year, the fund came up short, prompting the state to decrease the award given to students.

  • Work of Art: ‘I don’t appreciate it’

    Now please don’t start calling welfare agencies inquiring about the Trujillo family — at least not without letting me explain.

    You see, we raised three boys, and that translates to a lot of rough-housing. We made up games which we called “Pay-Dirt,” “Jump the Gun,” “Balance,”  “100 Percent” and “Bone Crusher.”

  • A worrisome trend

    The population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week are concerning for both San Miguel County and the state as a whole.

    Those figures reveal that from July 2013 to July 2014, San Miguel County lost an estimated 384 people. From April 2010 to July of 2014, our county lost an estimated 1,154 residents. The Census Bureau estimates that San Miguel County’s population dipped to 28,239 in July 2014.

  • Editorial cartoons - March 30, 2015
  • Editorial cartoons - March 30, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Thoughts on the passing session

    Susana Martinez had better figure out how to work with Democrats or she’s going to go down in state history as an ineffectual governor.

    Sure, she can and does point to a number of accomplishments during her first term — balancing the state budget during tough times, creating a simplified grading system for the state’s schools, and more — but I don’t think any of them are systemic in nature. They’ll have only a temporary impact on New Mexico.