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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 20, 2015
  • Another Perspective - Now is the time for capital outlay reform

    This legislative session, the legislature is expected to approve a capital outlay bill expending more than $200 million for capital projects without the benefit of any formal system for planning, vetting or selecting the projects. New Mexico is regretably unique among the states in its folly.

    This free-for-all system is in dire need of improvement to ensure that the state’s investment in capital infrastructure yields the greatest return possible for the taxpayer.

  • Governor’s policies aren’t child friendly

    By Gerald Ortiz y Pino

    As a politician, I can state unequivocally that “I love all children.” They are our future; they are our most vulnerable citizens, needing the greatest attention; history will judge us by how we’ve treated them, and (never forget) they make for great photo ops.

  • Another Perspective - Right-to-work bill would be good for New Mexico

    By Pete Domenici

    I am writing in response to those who oppose the proposed right-to- work legislation. While I respect those who oppose, they are flat out wrong on this issue.

    The truth is, passing right-to-work legislation would be good for New Mexico’s workers and our economy. But unfortunately, some politicians are trying to turn this into a partisan battle even though a majority of Americans support it.

    It’s not hard to see why.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 20, 2015

     ‘Still tiptoeing on edge of cliff’
    Snowpack is a predictor of spring melt run off. As of last week, our mountain snowpack was less than two thirds of normal. The gurus are not predicting a very wet summer.

    We have been using the river to keep our one reservoir full. It holds only about 200 acre feet. For comparison, the city delivers about 5 acre feet per day. Come late March or early April, the acequias will start getting their share of river water, and the city will start to draw down on the reservoir.

  • A shaky start

    San Miguel County has enjoyed solid leadership for years, both at the Commission and administrative levels.

    While some area governing bodies were entangled in nasty infighting or power struggles, the San Miguel County Commission has been working quietly and diligently getting things done. If we had to guess, we’d say that a large part of that success was due to the efforts of the last two Commission chairmen, Nicolas Leger and David Salazar, who were both level-headed and pragmatic in how they approached their roles.