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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - April 24, 2015

    Driving drunk not worth the cost
    The San Miguel County DWI Program is collaborating with many agencies to ensure a safe prom and graduation season.
    Staff will be helping out at local proms, ensuring that no one who has been drinking alcohol is admitted.
    Local law enforcement will be conducting saturation patrols, Sobriety Checkpoints, and Underage Drinking Enforcement activities. If you drink and drive, you will get caught!

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 24, 2015

    THUMBS UP! $562,000 IN CITY DEBT FORGIVEN
    Kudos to the state Water Trust Board and the city of Las Vegas for changing the terms of the grant/loan agreements for two past water projects. The Water Trust Board had previously given the city a 60 percent grant/40 percent loan for those two projects. Recently, those terms were changed to make the funding 90 percent grant/10 percent loan. The net result is $562,000  in savings for the city utilities department, which can now be used for other water projects.

    THUMBS UP! AN ADVOCATE FOR THE HOMELESS

  • Regents must choose wisely

    Roughly four dozen candidates applied to be Highlands University’s next president, and the Presidential Search Committee has whittled that pool down to six finalists. Now comes the hard part: Figuring out which of those six is the best fit for Highlands.

    It will likely be the most important decision this Highlands Board of Regents will make.

    Selecting the wrong person could set the institution back years — think Manny Aragon and Selimo Rael. By contrast, we’re confident that the institution will thrive if regents select wisely.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 22, 2015
  • Work of Art: Honoring the honor code

    We thought we’d moved to a different world the first time my wife and I, with our 3-months-old son, drove in to Charlottesville, Va. I had received a fellowship to study English at the University of Virginia and was thrilled at the prospect.

    It was a great experience, in the early ‘70s, meeting and studying under people like Fredsen Bowers, a Shakespeare scholar; Douglas Day, UVa’s “renaissance man”; and Ed Hirsch, who authored the “Cultural Literacy” series, an academic best-seller.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 20, 2015
  • Reform is needed

    The figure is staggering.

    A report released by State Auditor Tim Keller last month states that there is $4.5 billion in unspent money just sitting around in the accounts of various state agencies. That’s a lot of money, particularly given that the entire state budget is about $6.2 billion.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A week on the pages of small-town newspapers

    Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, N.M., I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism.

    It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes more than 15 newspapers around the state, along with a news-savvy radio station broadcasting out of Santa Fe.