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Today's Opinions

  • NM needs jobs, highway repairs, but not more debt

    By John Arthur Smith

    New Mexico needs more jobs, and we need them now. That is what we hear from folks in the cafes and diners in Deming and across our state.

    It was confirmed in a recent study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research: We are ranked one of the worst in the nation when it comes to economic and job growth – 48th of 50 states. That is a tough situation for families.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 27, 2015

    Living wage is right thing to do
    Kudos to city councilman Joey Herrera for proposing a Las Vegas living wage ordinance.
    And shame on city councilman Vincent Howell for his obstructionism.
    Howell didn’t think twice about voting to approve a five-figure raise for Tim Dodge, but has major reservations over raising the pay of Las Vegas’ working poor above $7.50 an hour. It speaks volumes about his values, and why he should be a one-term councilman.

  • Minimum wage hike overdue

    An individual who has a minimum wage job in this state and puts in 40 hours a week will earn $15,600 before taxes a year. Minimum wage workers who put in 20 hours a week make $7,800 a year.

    For a high school student who merely wants a little spending money, $7.50 an hour might be OK. For someone who is using a minimum wage job to put food on the table and pay for rent and utilities, it’s pretty clear that $7.50 an hour won’t go very far.

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 25, 2015
  • Work of Art: Was school tougher back then?

    Let’s say you have a load of wheat that weighs 3,942 pounds. What is it worth at 50 cents per bushel, deducting 1,050 pounds for tare?

    Well, before attempting an answer it would be helpful to know what a tare is or where on the planet one can score on wheat that goes for two bushels for a buck.

    And here’s another question that’s a bit more challenging: What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology and syllabication?

  • Preemption bill is flawed

    As expected, supporters of the oil and gas industry are proposing legislation that would severely limit the authority of New Mexico counties to regulate oil and gas drilling in their jurisdictions.

    One of those measures, House Bill 366, sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, has cleared its first hurdle, making it out of the House Energy and Environment Committee last week by a 6-5 vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against.

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Black history and white hearts and minds

    By Tom McDonald

    This whole Harper Lee story, about a long-lost manuscript showing up after a lifetime of being a one-book wonder, really has me intrigued.

    Turns out that “To Kill A Mockingbird” has a sequel, and while I can’t wait to read it, I’m also a bit afraid to. Lee’s book about a Southern white lawyer who defends a black man against a rape charge was a masterpiece, and a sequel is seldom as good. I expect, and dread, a bit of a letdown.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 20, 2015

    THUMBS DOWN! LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE