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Today's Opinions

  • Ordinance would be a ‘betrayal’

    The county’s process for developing oil and gas regulation reeks of corruption.

    Lets start with the Citizen’s Oil and Gas Task Force. Half of the people on the task force have financial ties to the oil and gas industry, including Karin Foster, attorney and lobbyist for the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. Yes, she sits on the task force, and she represents over 300 oil and gas businesses. Foster’s not even a county resident; She lives in Albuquerque. Why is she on the task force?

  • Palestinian writer should be released

    During the People’s Faire this year many people wrote letters at the Amnesty International table in support of the Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh. He was arrested by Israel almost 17 months ago and still has not been charged with a crime. No one has accused him of acts of violence, and many believe he was arrested for daring to write in support of a policy that would create one country where both Jews and Arabs would live together with equal rights. For some Israeli Jews this is a dangerous idea and must be suppressed.

  • Mil Gracias - Sept. 21, 2012

    This year’s Millfest can be summed up as great people, great weather and a great time. On behalf of everyone who participates in the millfest, I would like to thank our millfest sponsors for their invaluable assistance in helping put this event on.

  • Nuestra Historia - Old Town remained firmly rooted

    While East Las Vegas moved forward as New Mexico’s newest and most vibrant American city in the 1880’s, the west side did not immediately take a back seat. The Romero brothers and many of the early non-Hispanic merchants continued their business establishments in what became La Plaza Vieja (Old Town).

  • Another Perspective - What’s 50 percent of 20?

    “OK, so what’s 50 percent of 20?” My students looked around at one another, wrestling with what was intended as a gift riddle, clueless.

  • Afghanistan quagmire

    United States involvement in Afghanistan isn’t going as well as anyone would like — and there are no easy solutions.

    The U.S. is up to about 100,000 troops fighting in this, the longest war in American history. Here are the costs for the U.S. so far in this 11-year conflict: In June, the tally hit the 2,000 mark for the number of service men and women killed, while the number of Americans injured in combat is approaching 7,000. And according to the National Priorities Project (costofwar.com), the U.S. has spent nearly $600 billion on this war.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 19, 2012
  • Work of Art - ‘You were never my age’

    “Why, when I was your age . . . “ It’s impossible to utter those six words, in that sequence, without having someone come up with, “Yes, we already know: You had to walk to school five miles, uphill both ways, in deep snow.”

    So I won’t be mentioning the daily trudges through snow, in freezing weather that lasted from December to December. Nor will I write about the distance of our treks.