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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Sin tax’ hike makes sense

    Pardon the pun, but Wendy Armijo, county coordinator for the DWI Task Force, offered up some sobering statistics last week. At a San Miguel County Commission meeting, she cited state Department of Health data that alcohol consumption costs New Mexico $2.8 billion, or $1,400 per resident, for the property damage (automobile crashes), criminal justice, health care and lost productivity it causes.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 20, 2013
  • Work of Art - ‘Psilence’ is golden

    To use the students’ expression, they were “freaked out” at hearing the way I pronounced “knight.”

    Well now everyone knows the word belongs to that group of English words that’s fraught with silent letters. There are only three sounds in the word: n, a long i, and a t.

  • Is he finally serious?

    In last week’s State of the Union Address, President Obama finally started talking tough about the need to respond to climate change. We say it’s about time.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 18, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Great presidents

    Really, President’s Day is a second-tier holiday — most of us don’t even get to take off work for this national holiday.

    Still, I’ve decided to use the day as fodder for today’s column, beginning with a single question: Who was the greatest U.S. president of all time?

  • U.S. must respond to climate change

    Climate change is real. The longer we wait, the stronger and more frequently extreme weather disasters such as Hurricane Sandy,  the fires in Colorado, droughts, glacier melting, habitat shifts and flooding will occur.

    Now is the  time to save homes and lives of future generations. If the current trend of warming continues, we will see an increase of temperature of 6 degrees Celsius, which would have fatal consequences .We have to face the issue and act today before the damage becomes irreparable.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 15, 2013

    THUMBS UP! STATEWIDE ATTENTION. It’s easy in these parts to become self-absorbed in Las Vegas’ water problems, but we need to remember we’re not the only ones suffering from such circumstances. The entire state is facing a bleak long-range outlook, stemming from a prolonged drought as well as a legal battle with Texas over New Mexico’s dwindling water supply.