Today's Opinions

  • It’s as simple as addition and subtraction

    By Rick Kraft

    Let’s have some fun today and learn some math. We often make life more complicated than it is. We don’t have to be an expert at playing chess to plan three moves ahead in our lives. We don’t have to understand how electricity works to be able to enjoy its benefits. We don’t need to know how to solve algebra problems to be able to keep things balanced in this world.

    Life sometimes is as simple as addition and subtraction. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Lawmaker’s Perspective: Hard truths demand that we set aside political differences

    New Mexico faces an economic crisis — not a budget crisis — that can be solved, but not easily, quickly or cheaply.

    We have not recovered from the Great Recession of 2008. Wages are up slightly in New Mexico, even considering inflation, but the number of jobs is well below pre-recession levels, and the state’s population is essentially unchanged since 2010, as people in their 20s and 30s move to other states in search of work. This is all reflected in the state’s budget, which is, as expected, about the same as it was in 2008.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Family became ‘squeaky clean’ due to sudden rain, hail storm

    That old phrase “time flies when you are having fun” surely applies to me and to the events at this old ranch. I must start with the weather. July has been a very wet month here. That translates to fields full of flowers, almost no fire danger in our forests and bountiful hay crops this year. Yes, our big watersheds need all the moisture they can get.

  • Editorial Thumbs - Aug. 5, 2016


  • Dispatch New Mexico: The better side of humanity shines through at Olympics

    If ever there’s an event that makes the world seem small, it’s the Summer Olympics. This week it kicks off in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro with more than 10,000 athletes from around the world who will compete in 28 different sports and 306 events.

    According to the Albuquerque Journal, 11 of these athletes have ties to New Mexico, though not all are on Team USA. Competing for other countries and their teams are:

  • Editorial: When guilty isn't guilty

    Just when you thought the saga of Roberta Vigil and her infamous “Bilingual Bashes” was over, she applies for a seat on the West Las Vegas School Board, reigniting the controversy.

    The news that Vigil had applied for the board seat raised a lot of eyebrows, in large part due to the fact that a Santa Fe jury in 2009 found her guilty of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, a felony, for misusing public funds while working as the bilingual coordinator for the West school district.

  • Work of Art: New-fangled car fails

    The Entire History of Automobiles in Western Civilization probably could have been based on and written in the Trujillo household where I grew up, on Railroad Avenue, or what we called Tough Street.

    It’s not that we had an abundance of cars (Dad bought the first one, a 1942 Plymouth in the early ‘50s).

    It’s not that we possessed great knowledge of cars (when the dial pointed to empty, we surmised it was time for a fill-up or a ring job, an expensive procedure at the time and a word foreign to my grandkids.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 31, 2016