Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Highlands’ Eyring left office in his chair

    We conclude our myth, legend or fact series with the bizarre departure of a Highlands University president 60 years ago.

    On Nov. 23, 1951, the Highlands University board of regents fired university president Edward Eyring, who had served in that position since 1939. Eyring had apparently served well for more than a decade, but in the last year had become erratic, according to the board.

  • Forests to Faucets: Connecting the dots after the wildfires

    Editor’s note: This is the first of two columns by Egan.

    From the Track, the Pacheco Canyon and the Las Conchas fires in the northern part of the state to the Miller, Quail Ridge, and Ruidoso Downs fires in the state’s southern tier, New Mexico is emerging from its most severe wildfire season ever. Given prevailing climate patterns, it is generally believed that a season like the one we just experienced will be more the norm than an exception.  

  • ‘As one community’

    Members of the East and West school boards are to be commended for their comments last week in support of consolidating Las Vegas’ two school districts.

    Their words nudged the community toward a renewed discussion about what’s best for the city and its schools.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 16, 2011
  • Work of Art: An internal optometrist

    Is there a chance Americans just don’t read as much as they used to? And if they do, have their reading habits and choice of material changed significantly? And can we count the texting-pecking exchanges on iPhone keyboards as reading?
    I ask this question earnestly. At the moment I don’t have access to data to verify or contradict what I believe. In this case, I’m just asking.

    A Highlands professor I really respect, back in the days when we used to eat dinosaurs, Elmer Schooley, made a believer of me.

  • Tim Dodge’s evaluation

    We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen a performance evaluation process with more twists and turns than the one conducted recently for Las Vegas City Manager Tim Dodge. On one end of the spectrum, we have a mayor who saw no wrong in Dodge’s performance, while on the other end, one city councilor raised some valid concerns — but only in the press, after the evaluation process itself.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 14, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: The blame game

    “Some folks hate the whites who hate the blacks who hate the klan; most of us hate anything we don’t understand.”

    — from Kris Kristofferson’s 1972 song “Jesus Was A Capricorn”

    On the far right, the Tea Party has tapped a vein of discontentment by blaming the government for all our problems. And on the far left, the Occupy Wall Street forces have laid the blame at the feet of the big corporations and their greed.