Today's Opinions

  • Ethics tipping point in New Mexico

    Last week the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star all carried stories about New Mexico’s latest public corruption scandal — the charges against its chief ethics officer, Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Broadcasters, too, have been busy on the national front. And Duran’s hearing in court this week and the start of House impeachment proceedings will produce even more stories.

  • Living room featured in magazine

    Surprise of surprises! I have a real, live orchid, blooming in my living room. It has lived here for over a year, and I was about to give up on it when the beautiful white blooms opened up. There may be hope for my green (?) thumb yet....
    And what a treat it is to learn that my long-time friend, Elmo Baca, will open a movie theatre on Bridge Street here. He hopes to have the Indigo Theatre open by Thanksgiving, no less.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 18, 2015

    The City Council signed off last week on raises for members of the Las Vegas Police Officers’ Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2851. Under the agreements, members of both unions will receive a 50-cent-per-hour increase, which equates to an annual pay increase of $1,040. More importantly, representatives of both unions praised the city for working with them. It’s great to see a spirit of cooperation between the city and its unions.

  • Editorial cartoons - Sept. 18
  • Editorial cartoons - Sept. 18
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Americans and their vices

    Today’s topic is sin. I’ll try not to get preachy about it.

    There’s a long list of habit-forming vices that Americans have enjoyed, condemned, regulated and even outlawed over time, but today we’ll consider four in particular — tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and gambling. Our U.S. government has spent a lot of time and effort trying to control each, with some of the biggest changes having occurred over the last half-century.

  • See something, say something

    The horrific images of Hubble and many of the other dogs that have been rescued from Las Vegas and San Miguel County in recent years are shocking. Unfortunately, those images are nothing new to animal rescue workers who consistently see some of the worst animal abuse and neglect cases coming out of our city and county.

    Veterinarians say that Hubble was 12 to 24 hours away from death. He was so malnourished that his body looked like a bag of bones, and maggots were already eating on him.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 16