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Today's Opinions

  • Mora Fiestas filled with tradition

    The Mora Fiestas ... are usually held on July 25 and 26, which is interesting because as long as I can remember all the men ride horseback on July 25, which is the day of St. James, and the women ride horseback on the 26th, St. Ann’s day.

  • Rep. Lujan votes to protect Rio Grande

    No one disagrees that clean water  and a healthy Rio Grande are fundamentally important. Without a clean Rio, communities supported by farming would suffer, and New Mexicans’ drinking water suffers.

    That’s why it’s disappointing that the U.S. House of Representatives (recently) voted to block the restoration of Clean Water Act safeguards that help keep our waterways like the Rio Grande clean by including a dirty water provision in a water-related spending bill that makes sure critical safeguards are excluded.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 14, 2013
  • Time to seize vehicles

    Nearly a decade ago, state lawmakers ramped up penalties for repeat drunk drivers and for those who kill someone while driving drunk. With those increased penalties, one would think that repeat drunk drivers would be few and far between.

    Unfortunately, in New Mexico and in Las Vegas and San Miguel County, drunk driving remains an epidemic. Just take a look at the Friday jail log published in this newspaper every week.

  • Work of Art — $33 million an obscene amount

    An experiment years ago on how children perceive worth yielded some interesting results — results based almost solely on the children’s economic status.

    Here’s how it went: Children in the intermediate grades were asked to estimate the size of various coins, using a device that projected an image on a screen. The students were to adjust the aperture of the device, much in the same way a camera lens reduces and enlarges.

  • Another Perspective — State abandons common sense

    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration faced a dilemma at the beginning of this year: A new computer program designed to detect Medicaid fraud had sounded alarms at more than a dozen of the state’s behavioral health care providers, including some of the biggest and most reputable names in mental health care in New Mexico.

    What administration officials did next is both telling and troubling.

  • Emergency projects

    With all the rain we’ve received over the last two months, it would be natural for the city to shelve its emergency water projects. But that would be the wrong move, given the limited storage we have and our city’s vulnerability to drought.

    Just look at the town of Magdalena where thousands of gallons of water had to be trucked in last month because its only operating well failed.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 12, 2013