Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Border concerns cause stir

    There aren’t a lot of people living in the southwestern corner of the state that borders Arizona and Mexico, known as New Mexico’s Bootheel. But that didn’t stop hundreds of area residents from finding their way to Animas earlier this month for a meeting about border security.

    Area newspapers reported that more than 600 people turned out for the meeting. And they sent this “resounding message,” according to the Hidalgo County Herald: “The border is not safe, despite what you may have heard otherwise.”

  • Editorial : Stalled nominations

    The state Court of Appeals handed open government advocates an important victory last week, finding that committees appointed by public bodies must comply with New Mexico’s Open Meetings Act.

    The lawsuit involved the state Investment Council and a series of settlements it entered into related to the management of state funds and pay-to-play allegations.

  • A work of Art: Reactions to panhandling item

    As I answered the phone three evenings ago, I detected a bit of hesitation on the caller’s part.

    She and I had worked in the same building at Highlands for years, until my retirement in 2000. The message came haltingly: “I hope you don’t resent me for this, but I disagree with you and need to get this off my mind.”

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 25, 2016
  • Thumbs Mar. 25, 2016


  • Dispatch New Mexico-Southeast New Mexico and the smell of money

    ve never driven through the oil patch of southeastern New Mexico, I recommend you do so. It’s not what your average tourist would call a scenic drive, but it will leave you impressed nevertheless.

    In Lea and Eddy counties in particular, you can see miles and miles of pumpjacks decorating the scrublands. Roll down the windows in your vehicle and you can smell the oil being pulled out of the ground.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 22, 2016
  • Editorial: Your taxes at work

    The news that West Las Vegas school board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez is ineligible to hold elected office because he has a felony conviction is troubling on many levels.

    Benavidez has been in office for about a year, and an attorney for the school district is warning that his presence on the board could result in a lowered bond rating. The attorney is also warning that Benavidez’ presence on the board places all decisions made by the board in jeopardy.

    Given the high stakes, the West Las Vegas board needs to resolve this mess immediately.