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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Dec. 9, 2011

    The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press on medical marijuana (Dec. 2) — A formal federal recognition of marijuana as a prescription drug is the logical approach to the medical marijuana debate. The current state-by-state approach that challenges federal drug laws only invites confusion for doctors, patients, dispensaries and law enforcement agencies.

  • Redistricting alternatives

    The goal of redistricting is to adjust boundaries to the population changes over the past decade so that they are approximately equal. It seems simple enough, until all the political interests get involved. Then it must go to trial.

    That’s what is occurring in New Mexico right now. District Judge James Hall is presiding over a trial this week in which Republicans, Democrats and minority groups are arguing for their own particular tilt in realigning the congressional district boundaries. Soon to follow will be other state redistricting issues.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 7, 2011
  • Work of Art: Don’t know much about ...

    A new movie — one I haven’t yet seen, but plan to — is titled “Anonymous.” The subject is about doubts that the works of William Shakespeare — the 37 plays, many sonnets and poems — were written by someone else.

    Purposely, I haven’t delved into the reviews to avoid forming a strong premature opinion, but I will posit that those who say the man from Stratford-Upon-Avon was a fake, an imposter, generally aren’t literary types.

  • Highlands’ mixed bag

    The latest Performance Effectiveness Report — a report card of sorts for the state’s universities — is a mixed bag of good news and bad news for Highlands University. It points to some things that the school is doing right, and to places where improvements need to occur.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 5, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Perspectives

    Maybe it started with Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper,” the tale of a couple of look-alikes who inadvertently switched identities so that the prince became a pauper and the pauper a prince.

  • AWC programs need your help

    Las Vegas and San Miguel County have been the lucky recipients of low-cost spay and neuter services provided by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter mobile clinic and the Animal Welfare Coalition for several years. Approximately 100 dogs and cats are spayed or neutered each month, preventing thousands of unwanted litters.