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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Looking into the year and years ahead

    A futurist I’m not, but like most people, I do like to gaze into the unknown from time to time, even if it is an exercise in uncertainty. So in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d throw out a few predictions, starting with a couple of obvious ones.

    Here in the U.S., we’re moving toward the legalization of recreational marijuana, and I expect that to go all the way.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 23, 2015

    THUMBS UP! MLK DAY OF SERVICE
    Roughly 20 people spent part of their Monday working on La Milpa Community Garden as a way to give back to their community and mark Martin Luther King Day. Vista volunteers, community members and United World College-USA students rolled up their sleeves and spent several hours doing everything from putting up a wooden fence and getting rid of invasive weeds. For everyone who did volunteer work, we say thank you. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to making things better for others.

  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 23, 2015
  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 23, 2015
  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 23, 2015

    ‘Sticks and Stones’
    Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” I learned that little rhyme in grade school where kids could get really mad and yell bad names at you.
    “Your mother wears combat boots,” was considered a nasty, derogatory statement about your mother. Kids said that.
    Perhaps Pope Francis would have benefited if he had attended Farragut School in Joliet, Ill., as I did.

  • Another Perspective - A common sense approach

    By Bob Wessely

    We have all seen or read the evidence — both anecdotal and scientific — about the risks associated with oil and gas development, including the fracking technique. We’ve also seen the advertisements with blue skies and daffodils, along with the promise of plentiful jobs and economic prosperity from industry. Whom to believe? How to proceed?

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 23, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Leader-Telegram (Wisconsin) on the wealth gap (Jan. 12):
    Just-released figures leave no doubt that there is a canyon-wide wage gap in this country. Less clear is what if anything to do about it.
    Income 2012 tax numbers parsed by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation tell the story:
    • The top 1 percent (1.3 million filers) paid a greater share of income taxes (38 percent) than the bottom 90 percent (122.4 million filers), who paid 30 percent.

  • Mandate transparency

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting ill and having to go to a hospital for treatment or a procedure, then you’ve likely also experienced anxiety as you wonder what the ordeal is going to cost you.

    Sadly, when it comes to health care costs in New Mexico, consumers are pretty much in the dark until they get the bill in the mail. By then, the expense has already been incurred and there’s little to do but suck it up and fork out your portion of whatever that bill happens to be.