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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial cartoon - March 27, 2015
  • Letters to the Editor - March 27, 2015

    Right to work bill a bad idea
    Why would we ever want to adopt a policy that has proven to drive down wages and not result in attracting jobs and companies to New Mexico?

    That’s exactly what state lawmakers and Gov. Martinez are doing by pushing Right to Work legislation in this year’s Legislature.

    Here are some quick facts about Right to Work and what it will mean for the state:

  • Another perspective - State workers deserve raises

    New Mexico public employees are doing more and more work with fewer and fewer resources. This cycle must end or we risk losing our best and brightest to other states.

  • Another perspective - Unions remain important for workers

    By John Geffroy

    Former Sen. Pete Domenici’s Another Perspective article Las Vegas Optic, Feb. 20) was remarkable in several ways. F

    irst, it was remarkable in that it appears to be more of a generic Republican justification of right-to-work laws than an attempt to convince us that such laws are specifically good for New Mexico.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 27, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    Greenwood (Mississippi) Commonwealth on the $15-an-hour experiment in Seattle (March 23):
    The U.S. Supreme Court in the past has encouraged states to be crucibles of experimentation, to see how new ideas unfold in reality instead of in theory. In that spirit, the largest city in Washington state is about to embark on a test of labor and wages.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 25, 2015
  • Tax hike a bad idea

    San Miguel County commissioners will decide on Monday whether to hike gross receipts taxes throughout the county by a quarter cent.

    The increase would generate about $880,000 in new revenue for the county and cost everyone buying goods and services here an extra 25 cents on a $100 purchase.

    We’re sympathetic to the economic realities that San Miguel County is facing. But trying to balance the county’s books on the backs of San Miguel County residents who can least afford it is not the answer.

  • Work of Art: Having pie on Pi Day

    My friend, Bruce Wertz, often reminds me of the Frank Sinatra song (or movie), “A pocketful of miracles,” but in Bruce’s case it’s “A pocketful of trivia.”

    Yes, after church, during treat time, he’ll hand me a soon-to-be raisin and ask why John Steinbeck would have anything to do with it. Before I attempt an answer, he blurts out, “It’s a Grape of Wrath.”