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Today's Opinions

  • Sheepherders, dads and stepdads

    Father’s Day is fast approaching, so I thought I would write this article, even if the dads mentioned have passed on to a better life.

    It has been said that, “The true influence of a father will show up in the lives of his offspring.”

    If you are ever in Cheyenne, Wyo., and you get a chance to visit the Wyoming State Museum, you will probably be surprised to see the pictures of two Mora residents who went to Wyoming in 1939 to work as sheepherders. Their names are Martin Esquibel and Adolph Sandoval.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Jesuit College — Part II

    Instruction at the Jesuit College was offered concurrently in both Spanish and English, perhaps making the school one of the first in the country to establish a bilingual curriculum.  

  • Orgullo del Norte -Statehood and the Spanish-American War

    “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
    — Edward Abbey

    When the American Revolution took place, a large group of people declared war on their home country, their own government, and their fellow countrymen. All those who took up arms against Britain were not called traitors or rebels; they were called “patriots.” This act set the historical bar for what it means to be a patriot.

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, on states trying to consolidate agencies (June 13) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spent time during the 2011 legislative session asking lawmakers to approve cost-saving consolidation measures. She wasn’t alone. A number of governors took the same course this year as they sought to deal with budgets considerably smaller than in years past. As was the case in Oklahoma, results were mixed. ...

  • Editorial: Poor planning

    We all knew it was coming. State agencies, forced to deal with some tough budget cuts, are starting to cut back on their workforces, with 44 layoffs approved last week in a half-dozen agencies.
    It’s a sign of a tough economy, but let’s not forget another reason why the state is in this predicament. Perhaps you remember how, instead of being frugal during surplus times, former Gov. Bill Richardson and his administration spent like there was no tomorrow.
    Well, guess what? Tomorrow’s here, and so are the consequences of poor financial planning.

  • Editorial: Step backward

    Gov. Susana Martinez is taking the state in the wrong direction when it comes to rolling back the environmental standards created under former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration. Moreover, her administration has usurped a previously open process for what appears to be some backroom conclusions to help energy producers over customers.

  • Work of Art: This water’s not pottable

    Even a close member of my family struggles with the potable/pottable issue. Which is it?
    You’ve perhaps read about the almost-give-away prices of effluent water in the city. If you’re among the purchasers of recycled water, you’ve seen and been a part of a small army of vehicles that line up at the treatment plant south of town to buy 1,000 gallons of used water for $1.25.

  • Here come the fiestas

    In less than three weeks, Las Vegas will hold its 123rd fiestas. And while it’s going to be filled with the usual staples of fun, festivities and an appreciation of our cultural heritage, there’s something different about it this year. This time around, the city itself is putting it together.