Today's Opinions

  • Yes, the legislature’s retirement plan is unique

    I want to take a moment to clear up a few issues concerning New Mexico’s legislative retirement plan. Our retirement plan is unique because New Mexico is unique.

    We are a citizen legislature — the only one in the nation that does not pay members some kind of salary.

    New Mexico legislators spend days and weeks away from their families, loved ones and jobs during legislative sessions and during the interim.

  • Reliving a first job — four decades later

    A lot can change in 43 years. Doors I walked out of when I was sixteen looking forward to a full life ahead I walked back into for the first time again at 59 looking backwards at a long life behind me.

    Do you remember your first real job? I say “real” job because I am not talking about when you were 13, mowing yards or babysitting for a family friend. I am talking about working for an hourly rate where you have to keep records on your time maybe even by “punching a time clock.”

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 4, 2018.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 2, 2018


  • Shake off winter and plan to explore the state

    SANTA ROSA — Maybe it's cabin fever, the kind that hits in the dead of winter. Or perhaps it was the brisk morning walk I took alongside some summertime soon-to-be tourist attractions here in the City of Natural Lakes. Or, maybe I'm just not in the mood to tackle anything too serious today.

    Whatever the reason, my attention now turns to the upcoming spring and summer, when most of this state really shows itself off.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 2, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 2, 2018.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Death of liberty?

    Racism, materialism and militarism were the "isms" preached against by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over 50 years ago. Since that time, they have metastasized to the point of systemic infection.

    This could lead to permanent impairment and, perhaps, the death of liberty and justice in this land of the free and the home of the brave.

  • And what about my mudda?

    NEW YORK CITY ­— about the only time I see so many people behind the wheel is during Las Vegas’ own rush-minute, which begins twice daily around Mills and Seventh.

    Well, that may be a slight exaggeration — especially after six of us tried, on foot, to cross some of the thoroughfares of New York City last week, to meet our Danish tribe Stan, Lisbeth, Ellen and June Bug, who crossed the Atlantic to meet Bonnie and me, who flew to the Big Apple for the first time.