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Today's Opinions

  • New wildlife refuge yours to behold

    With the creation of any great endeavor comes the efforts and support of many individuals.  The recent establishment of the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area at the former Wind River Ranch marked a monumental occasion for Mora County and northeastern New Mexico.  This newest addition to the National Wildlife Refuge System (protected areas for wildlife and people), makes it our nation’s 560th NWR and the ninth one in New Mexico.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 26, 2012

    The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, on the so-called perversion files (Oct. 21) — The real perversion of the Boy Scouts of America’s so-called perversion files, compiled to blacklist accused sexual predators, is that they did more to protect the reputation of the organization than to safeguard young, vulnerable boys.
    By quietly pushing volunteer scout leaders to resign in lieu of reporting accusations of sexual abuse to the police and other authorities, the Boy Scouts failed boys and their families, denying them an opportunity to seek justice.

  • The debates

    Thankfully, this long and winding campaign to the presidency is about to wrap up, and at the tail end of it all was a little depth. Who won the debates is largely in the eyes of the beholder, but polls  and pundits suggest that former Gov. Mitt Romney took the one that may end up mattering most, the first one, while President Obama won the second and third debates, at least on substance. As for the vice-presidential debate, it appears that most people thought Vice President Joe Biden won on substance and Rep. Paul Ryan won on style.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 24, 2012
  • Work of Art - Did you lose something?

    Oh, pardon me, sir, ma’am, but did I invade your privacy?

    Excuuuuse me for peeking into your mail, most of which even you haven’t read, since much of the correspondence, which goes back to the year 2004, is still in sealed envelopes. And lots of the items are the same. Those things happen when people keep dunning you.

    Let me explain:

  • Dumbed down ballots

    The removal of an option in New Mexico to cast a straight party ticket vote with one mark on your ballot has been called into question by a lawsuit brought by the state’s Democratic Party. As of last week, the lawsuit was put on hold by the state Supreme Court while a federal court considers the issue.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 22, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A look ahead to Nov. 6

    If the Albuquerque Journal’s polling is accurate — and I’m told it is about as accurate as polling gets — the five biggest races in New Mexico are pretty much done deals.