Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - Those bloomin’ abstentions

    It’s time for a clearance sale. All transactions are final, and there are to be no refunds or exchanges on the information. However, any comments you may wish to submit are entirely welcome.      
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  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 17, 2014
  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 17, 2014
  • Amtrak route worth saving

    It’s no secret that northeastern New Mexico’s economy is struggling. Many businesses throughout the region are fighting for their lives as area cities and villages shrink in population.

    It’s a trend playing out in rural areas across the nation as more people flock to big cities in search of jobs.

    Given the challenges this region is facing, we fail to understand Gov. Susanna Martinez’s lukewarm response to a plan that would keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief running through the region.

  • Another Perspective - Water projects critical for NM

    By Pete Campos and Ryan Flynn

    In November, Gov. Susana Martinez asked the Legislature to allocate 60 percent of the available capital outlay, or $112 million, to water infrastructure projects throughout New Mexico. The governor’s proposal is to fund projects that will improve watersheds and rivers, provide a clean supply of drinking water to New Mexico’s communities, make critical repairs to dams and invest in water research at our state’s public universities.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 14, 2014

    After more than a century in business, Parisian Cleaners is closing its doors for good, and that’s sad news for our community. Owner Charlie Vigil, who began working at the dry-cleaning business 62 years ago, says he has been losing roughly $1,000 a month for the last six months. Besides, he’s 84 years old and says it’s time for him to retire. We hate to see the business close, but there’s no question that Mr. Vigil deserves to rest now.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 14, 2014
  • Good family forced into ruin

    In the Pecos Valley, along the access road, a family built a small store and gas station and served the people there for many years. They had installed a new fuel system to comply with changed standards, but recently the standards changed again. This very small business was unable to comply, the cost was too high. The owner once said to me that only the big guys can survive in this world.