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Today's Opinions

  • Keep debate on rally civil

    A few things occur to me after reading all of the letters to the editor about the bike rally.

    One is that those who are truly convinced of the merits of their positions do not need to resort to sarcasm, personal criticism of others and preposterous suggestions concerning how to handle the ever-burgeoning bike rally and issues arising from it.

  • City plays game of hide-and-seek

    Am I the only one who would like to see what Mr. Paul Cassidy, the city’s contract financial adviser, discussed with Moody’s officials? Is there any chance we taxpayers may get this in writing?

    The city administration has thrown Ms. Tana Vega under the bus, saying “...she was able to pull accurate figures to refute the information that Moodys had.”  Did these figures even consider that we must maintain a nine- to eleven-million reserve, versus the current and approximate $4.0 million buffer from our Gross Receipts Tax revenues, etc.

  • Prairie dog killing contest inhumane

    There is probably no more ruthless predator than man; yet as far as we know, man is the only being with a spiritual conscience. Then why does man do unconscionable acts such as the mass killing of wildlife?  

  • Mora Fiestas filled with tradition

    The Mora Fiestas ... are usually held on July 25 and 26, which is interesting because as long as I can remember all the men ride horseback on July 25, which is the day of St. James, and the women ride horseback on the 26th, St. Ann’s day.

  • Rep. Lujan votes to protect Rio Grande

    No one disagrees that clean water  and a healthy Rio Grande are fundamentally important. Without a clean Rio, communities supported by farming would suffer, and New Mexicans’ drinking water suffers.

    That’s why it’s disappointing that the U.S. House of Representatives (recently) voted to block the restoration of Clean Water Act safeguards that help keep our waterways like the Rio Grande clean by including a dirty water provision in a water-related spending bill that makes sure critical safeguards are excluded.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 14, 2013
  • Time to seize vehicles

    Nearly a decade ago, state lawmakers ramped up penalties for repeat drunk drivers and for those who kill someone while driving drunk. With those increased penalties, one would think that repeat drunk drivers would be few and far between.

    Unfortunately, in New Mexico and in Las Vegas and San Miguel County, drunk driving remains an epidemic. Just take a look at the Friday jail log published in this newspaper every week.

  • Work of Art — $33 million an obscene amount

    An experiment years ago on how children perceive worth yielded some interesting results — results based almost solely on the children’s economic status.

    Here’s how it went: Children in the intermediate grades were asked to estimate the size of various coins, using a device that projected an image on a screen. The students were to adjust the aperture of the device, much in the same way a camera lens reduces and enlarges.