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Today's Opinions

  • The 2016 cycle seems endless

    As election returns trickled in last fall, some of us began to breathe a sigh of relief that somehow, majestically, through no fault of our own, we had finally crawled across the finish line of the 2016 election campaign.

    However, the usual relief found at the end of the ever-lengthening campaign cycle was nowhere to be found.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 13, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Being a hero doesn’t mean having to fight the bad guy

    By Rick Kraft

    Whether you are happy with what you have or unhappy because of what you don’t have, you have the same things.  We spend so much time looking right and left rather than looking inward and then outward.

    Basically, each of our lives can be seen as if we were running in our own lane as runners do on a track. There are lines on either side of us that we must not step outside of, but what we do in our own lane is what our life is all about.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Remembering names: If it were easy, we’d all do it

    By Beth Urech

    We meet lots of people while cruising up the Michigan coast, and it isn’t easy remembering their names. We met Chuck and Cathy on Beaver Island and then were in the ship next to their trawler in Frankfort (Michigan, not Germany.)

    Because I had connected their names with their boat name of “Carousel,” (All C’s) I could say, “Hi, Chuck and Cathy. How was your crossing?”

  • Letters to the Editor - Aug. 13, 2017

    Exodus = stagnation
    It is time for New Mexico to change course.  What has not been working in the past must remain in the past.

    New Mexico is suffering as a state because of the lack of funds. As a result, every citizen pays the consequences. Those that suffer the most are the young people. They look at what the state offers them once they graduate from either high school or college.  

    A decision must be determined on whether to fight for the few jobs available or leave the state.

  • From the city: Here are the basics of preparing a city budget

    The city’s budget has recently gotten media attention, and there’s been some misunderstandings about both terminology and process regarding municipal budgets in the state of New Mexico.

    I get it. Words like “budget”  and “accounting”  make most people’s eyes glaze over. Most of us hate to even balance our checkbooks, and the work of the finance department is a little like continuously balancing an enormous, complex checkbook.

  • Another Perspective: Mora County responds to ambulance concerns

    By Paula Garcia, Chairwoman, Mora County Commission

    Tuesday, KOB-TV aired a story about the Mora County Ambulance Service. The story addressed a critical issue in Mora County regarding public safety and the availability of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the county. However, because of the brief and simplified format of the story, some vital facts were either missing or in need of clarification.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 11, 2017

    THUMBS UP! HOMECOMING ARRIVES EARLY
    There was a time when “homecoming” was celebrated very close to the end of the athletic season (usually football, although some schools without gridders sometimes make basketball their homecoming event).

    In an unusual step, Highlands University will begin its celebrations from Sept. 8 through 17. The venue for the game, to be played against the first-year Texas Wesleyan University Rams program, is scheduled to be Perkins Stadium.