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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Unconventional advice for this year’s graduates

    It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and the families they’re making proud.

    Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. Anyone who thinks a diploma or degree is a ticket to success is sadly mistaken. It’s just a ticket to ride; you still have to get there on your own.

  • Editorial Cartoon: May 18, 2016
  • Hillary quote not in context

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Bennington Banner of Vermont and was originally published in that newspaper on May 12.

    Hillary Clinton took a beating in West Virginia, losing the state to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary held there May 10.

  • A work of Art: Have you tried a marathon?

    Getting the results of the latest Boston Marathon convinced me that my son Ben, 37, now living in Albuquerque, who used to run track at Wagon Mound High School, had done all right in the popular race, finishing with a 3:32:47 time for the 26.2-mile event. He came out in the 8,528th place.

    I’d been quite naive and uninformed about the marathon, believing that just about anybody with running shoes,  interest and desire could show up at Bean Town, get in line and race away.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 15, 2016
  • Editorial: Drug problem intensifies

    It’s no secret that our area has long struggled with drug abuse.

    We got a glimpse of the severity of the problem nearly four years ago when federal and state law enforcement officers swooped in on helicopters and black SUVs and began executing a series of arrest and search warrants in Las Vegas in August of 2012.

  • Another Perspective: HU’s reverse Robin Hood budget

    Highlands’ new budgetary policies rob from the poor and give to the rich. This is morally wrong and economically indefensible.  These budgetary priorities are also taking a toll on the academic programs and departments that more directly serve the students in college and beyond. This is why our faculty and staff union is growing.

     The public deserves to know:

     1) New Mexico is again cutting money to public education.  This year alone there will be approximately $800K of public funding cut to Highlands.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 15, 2016

    Alta Vista Hospital is doing its best

    It seems that most of the time you refer to Alta Vista you add “for profit.” Letters from others and quotes form others also add that comment.

    Are you against the idea of a firm attempting to make a profit? From what I can determine you are hired by “for profit newspaper.”

    The local hospital has attempted to recruit and keep qualified OB physicians. They do not come and if they do they do not last long.