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Today's Opinions

  • Just a Thought - The wisdom of Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln’s name has been in the news lately with the release of the Steven Spielberg produced  film “Lincoln.” As is portrayed in the movie, President Lincoln led our country through a low point in our history at a time when we killed over 600,000 of our own citizens during our Civil War.  He had to carry the weight of a divided country on his shoulders each day of his presidency.  

  • Nuestra Historia - The dream vanished in frost, hail and drought

    Famed sociologist Clark Knowlton would later observe: “The rosy dreams of the Las Vegas Anglo American businessmen, lawyers and politicians who seized control of the Las Vegas Land Grant, hoping to populate it with thriving Anglo American farming communities, expired in frost, hail, drought, and high transportation costs.”

  • An ‘Ultima’ blessing

    In response to Art Trujillo‘s “Work of Art — Ultima, Ultimately” (Nov. 21, 2012) column, I would like to share a story of my own.

    About 10 years ago, while serving as a hospice chaplain in southwest Iowa, I stopped one day at a nursing home to meet a new patient of ours. I shall refer to her as Margaret, a lady in her late 70s of German and Czech heritage. She had recently been referred to hospice care with terminal cancer which, among other things, had metastasized to her brain and destroyed her eyesight.

  • Seeking the truth

    It seems every letter to the editor written by someone opposed to fracking never cites the sources that support their position. The most recent by Diana Presser is just another example. Why is that?

    As someone who has been active in water issues in San Miguel and Mora counties, I’m as concerned about protecting our limited water supply as anyone. I will gladly join the anti-fracking opposition if they will only share their unbiased sources of data.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 30, 2012

    The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal on immigration reform (Nov. 24) — The election results aren’t likely to bring Democrats and Republicans closer together on all the grave issues facing our country, but it may have narrowed the gap on one of them — the undeniable need for sweeping immigration reform.

  • Historic? We’ll see

    The Las Vegas City Council adopted an ordinance last week that sets the stage for borrowing up to $25 million for water system improvements — a big step toward costly improvements to an infrastructure in need. Officials hailed the ordinance as a historic moment and a milestone, but that much remains to be seen.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 28, 2012
  • Work of Art - Including the kitchen sink ...

    A comic strip I remember from my childhood showed Dagwood helping Blondie with the Thanksgiving dishes. He broke one, causing Blondie to say, “If you break one more plate, I won’t let you help me with the dishes any more.” And a light bulb went on in Dagwood’s speech balloon.

    Would a Spanish version of the same comic strip have used a slightly different word with a slightly different meaning?

    Let me explain: