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Today's Opinions

  • Families deserve protections

    Our country is facing large challenges when it comes to our health. Learning and developmental disabilities, infertility, and childhood and young adult cancer are on the rise. Some are even calling puberty at the age of 10 a new “normal.”

    The good news is many of these health trends could be prevented if we took a serious look at addressing toxic chemicals in this country. The law governing how chemicals are regulated, or lack thereof, hasn’t been updated since the 1970s and falls short of protecting our most vulnerable New Mexico communities.

  • The MIT report on fracking

    In his letter about obtaining natural gas by the process of hydraulic fracturing (May 18), Frank Splendoria quoted extensively from a report issued by MIT. His quotes were accurate, but selective, giving the impression that there is no evidence that fracking poses (or could pose) any threat to shallow groundwater, and that fossil fuels will continue to provide the majority of our energy into the foreseeable future.

  • Co-op ‘election’ unfairly run

    Martín Salazar was all over your front page Monday, May 28.

    He reported on the “trouncing” of Mr. Rock Ulibarri by Mr. Robert Quintana, chairman Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op. Members are allowed to vote numerous times, depending on the number of meters said member may have with the co-op under his or her name.

  • Nuestra Historia - Judge Leahy, Carl Magee and Sec Romero

    It was Friday, June 22, 1923, at 4:13 in the afternoon, when a jury returned a verdict against Carl C. Magee, editor and publisher of the Albuquerque Tribune — finding him guilty of criminal libel.

    Surrounded by the most capable lawyers in New Mexico, Magee stood before the court, as District Judge David J. Leahy sentenced the publisher to a year in jail.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - June 8, 2012

    The New York Post on Romney’s private equity role (June 2) — The Obama campaign’s continual carping about Mitt Romney’s role at private-equity firm Bain Capital continues to earn excoriating reviews.

    And not just from Romney backers, but from Obama’s own pals — among them a Democratic icon and two top officeholders.

    Former President Bill Clinton had this to offer: “I don’t think that we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work. This is good work. ...

  • A tough hit for the Plaza

    There’s no getting around the fact that the Plaza Hotel’s impending descent into receivership is tough news for Las Vegas and its economy, but it may not turn out as bad as it might seem at this moment. First off, there’s no indication that the hotel will cease to operate. Plus, there’s a realistic possibility that it will make a rebound in the months and years ahead.

  • Work of Art - Girls are smarter, aren’t they?

    Girls are smarter than boys, aren’t they? It depends on who’s asking and who’s being asked. My experience is that the first person to ask is considered “right.”

    Let me explain:

    Back in my childhood, I believed that girls were smarter. Why? Well, because they raised their hands faster when Sister Mary Muy Catolica of Immaculate Conception School would ask, for example, “Who knows the first commandment?”

  • Voting at your convenience

    Now there’s one less excuse for not voting. On Tuesday, registered Democrats and Republicans in San Miguel County will have the added convenience of casting their ballots at any one of four “convenience centers” to be set up at West Las Vegas High School’s Gillie Lopez Gym, Robertson High School’s Mike Marr Gym, the Valley Junior High School gym and the Pecos High School gym.