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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective - Water then, water now

    I was born in 1946. Our winters were much different in the ‘50s.

    Snowfalls measured up to 2-1/2 feet and stayed on the ground for a long time. Today, sometimes we only get traces of snow, if any at all.

    Whatever happened to those days? Our heavy rains especially during the Fourth of July Fiestas, were a welcomed sight. Farmers loved it. Crops and fields came alive. Ditches were full of water, ranchers had hay and corn for their horses and cattle.

  • Nuestra Historia - Town High closed: the Dixon case

    Seldom recounted today, there erupted in New Mexico in the late 1940s, an impassioned struggle between Catholics and Protestants — especially in Hispanic communities ­— over the dominant role of the Catholic church in tax-supported public schools.

    So acrimonious was the conflict, that near-riots broke out in the small community of Dixon, in Rio Arriba county, where public school facilities were owned by the Catholic church and run by Catholic nuns, who provided religious instruction as part of the public school curriculum.

  • Bond C would benefit many

    Voters who turn out for the general election this fall will be asked to decide on a higher education bond initiative on the statewide ballot — General Obligation Bond C.

    Without increasing our property taxes, General Obligation Bond C sets aside $10 million for our community for capital improvements at New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. This money will create local jobs and boost our local economy.

  • Dedication behind ‘Rooted Lands’

    I wanted to commend you for the editorial of Monday, Oct. 15, emphasizing the importance of water and the necessity of protecting this most valuable resource in this arid region, as well as to thank you for your fine articles on the film, “Rooted Lands — Tierras Arraigadas.”

    I also wanted to add one important note regarding the making of the film. Without fellow filmmaker Nancy Dickenson (executive producer and  co-producer of the film as well as a Mora County local), this film would not have been possible.

  • New wildlife refuge yours to behold

    With the creation of any great endeavor comes the efforts and support of many individuals.  The recent establishment of the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area at the former Wind River Ranch marked a monumental occasion for Mora County and northeastern New Mexico.  This newest addition to the National Wildlife Refuge System (protected areas for wildlife and people), makes it our nation’s 560th NWR and the ninth one in New Mexico.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 26, 2012

    The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, on the so-called perversion files (Oct. 21) — The real perversion of the Boy Scouts of America’s so-called perversion files, compiled to blacklist accused sexual predators, is that they did more to protect the reputation of the organization than to safeguard young, vulnerable boys.
    By quietly pushing volunteer scout leaders to resign in lieu of reporting accusations of sexual abuse to the police and other authorities, the Boy Scouts failed boys and their families, denying them an opportunity to seek justice.

  • The debates

    Thankfully, this long and winding campaign to the presidency is about to wrap up, and at the tail end of it all was a little depth. Who won the debates is largely in the eyes of the beholder, but polls  and pundits suggest that former Gov. Mitt Romney took the one that may end up mattering most, the first one, while President Obama won the second and third debates, at least on substance. As for the vice-presidential debate, it appears that most people thought Vice President Joe Biden won on substance and Rep. Paul Ryan won on style.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 24, 2012