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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective: Is more money the answer to education system’s problems?

    By Carla Sonntag

    We spend a lot of time talking about how bad New Mexico educational system is — ranked 49th in the nation. Is the answer more money? Absolutely not! Some states spending less per student rank higher for educational quality.

    More money is not the answer, but how we spend it is. If we invested in competitive teachers’ salaries that support quality personnel, we might see a difference. We also need to invest in better educational materials and equipment.

  • Just a Thought: Creating something positive in the air

    By Rick Kraft

    There is something positive in the air.  And there could be more if you choose to streak! What?  Who would want to see you streaking?  The short answer is “everyone.”  Okay, I have a lot of explaining to do.

    This week is an anniversary for me, seventeen years to be exact. I began streaking on March 10, 2000 and I have been streaking every day since. Okay, I know, I still have a lot of explaining to do.

  • Another Perspective: Democratic Party must do some soul-searching

    By Joe McCaffery

    This is an open communication with Tom Perez, the newly elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

    Tom, I was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from New Mexico Congressional Dist. 3, pledged to Secretary Clinton. On TV, I was the guy in the yellow hat and bandanna, angry at the Sanders delegates.

    Tom, I remain perplexed; we Democrats don’t seem to be able to admit to simplest of truths:

    We lost the election! There is no do-over button!

  • Letters to the Editor - March 12, 2017

    Remember this date: Nov. 6, 2018
    That is the date on which 33 Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 36 governorships will be up for re-election.

    Put it on your calendar now, and be prepared to be an informed voter. If you are worried, concerned, angry, or disappointed about the direction in which the government is going, this is the most effective way to make a change. Find out who is representing you locally, statewide, and on a national level then begin a conversation with them.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 10, 2017

    THUMBS UP! REACHING FOR THE SKIES

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 10, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - A primer on politics and governmentIt was a year for high-tech, political disruptions

    Gather ‘round, young-’uns, for a lesson in politics and government. Now is a good time, since our New Mexico Legislature is currently in session, and will be until March 18, when the session must come to an abrupt end.

    Remember last year’s election, when it was all about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Well, it wasn’t. Here in New Mexico, a lot of people were running for jobs as senators and representatives in our state Legislature, and now they’re elected and sitting in Santa Fe doing the state’s business.

  • Drug war revived

    The following editorial originally appeared in the Portland Press Herald (Maine) on Feb. 26.

    Just when you thought the useless and wasteful drug-war philosophy of the past was slowly receding in the rear view mirror, the Trump administration is pulling a U-turn.