Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Myth, legend or fact?

    Was Pablita Angel twice hanged in Las Vegas in 1861, and is she the only woman ever executed in New Mexico?

    Did an Italian holy man live in solitude atop El Cerro del Tecolote, and is that why the mountain is known as Hermit’s Peak?

    Did a group of settlers pursued by Native Americans take refuge at the summit of El Cerrito de Bernal, and there starve to death, and is that why the small plateau is called Starvation Peak?

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Sept. 30, 2011

    Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 26, on No Child Left Behind — ... In 2001, President George W. Bush’s signature reform effort, the No Child Left Behind Act, became law with broad bipartisan support, its centerpiece a bold pledge to hold all students to high standards.

    The law, which President Barack Obama said he will dramatically alter in the coming months, requires annual student testing and sets a goal of bringing all American children, regardless of background or disability, to grade level in reading and math by 2014.

  • Tackling bullying

    A recent Associated Press/MTV poll of youth in their teens and early 20s found that most of them — 56 percent — have been the target of some type of online taunting, harassment or bullying. Moreover, according to bullyingstatistics.org, last year about 160,000 children a day missed school out of fear of being bullied. And for many of them, when they weren’t being physically picked on at or near school, they were having to endure cyberbullying — something that can haunt a child day and night, and it’s on the rise.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 28, 2011
  • Work of Art; They’ve already left Yanostan

    Possibly the most confusing and complicated verb form in the English language is, paradoxically, also about the shortest: to be.

    In many languages — not just in English — the different forms of the word seem to defy logic. You start with “be,” but you can’t change the tense of it by saying or writing “beed”; no, instead many forms of the word branch out: am, was, were, been, being. To most English speakers, the various permutations come naturally, but in other languages, such as Spanish, the issue seems much more difficult.

  • The man with the big heart

    There’s a touch of cruel irony in the fact that Henry Sanchez died of an apparent heart attack. The man, after all, was all heart.

    Sanchez, a former mayor of Las Vegas as well as a legendary New Mexico coach, died last week at the too-young age of 74. He left behind family, friends — and a better world, thanks to his service to God and community.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 26, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: ‘Blessings in Disguise’

    If you want to read some beautiful prose about the purity of family and friendships, J.P. Baca’s book isn’t for you.

    But if you want to read a raw expression of one man’s rise above harsh and abusive conditions to conquer his own little piece of the world, you should read “Blessings in Disguise.”