Today's Opinions

  • Two flags, one sign of trouble

    One week ago today, I went to drop off my garbage at the one of the county collection sites. The time was 10:30 in the morning. As I passed the elementary school located adjacent to the “solid waste disposal facility,” I noticed that the national and state flags were improperly displayed. First, the New Mexico state flag was on top of the U.S. flag.

  • Another tainted execution coming

    Yet another execution is scheduled for a probably innocent person. This time it’s Troy Davis in Georgia.

    In a trial tainted by racial and economic injustice, police misconduct, highly questionable eyewitness testimony, and lacking any physical evidence, Troy Davis was convicted in the 1989 slaying of a Savannah, Ga., off-duty police officer.

    Requests for clemency come from Nobel Prize winners Desmond Tutu, Jose Ramos Horta, and President Jimmy Carter, many members of the United States Congress, the Pope, and numerous other notable individuals.

  • Too much for the session

    Maybe New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has something in common with former Gov. Bill Richardson after all. Like her predecessor, she likes to pack the legislative agenda.

    But that’s where the comparison is likely to end. Unlike Richardson, it’s hard to imagine Martinez coming anywhere close to accomplishing what she wants during the current special session.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 14, 2011
  • Work of Art: Can you keep a secret?

    If you say it softly, it’s not so bad. Now what’s that supposed to mean?
    Well, it’s a conclusion I’ve reached after years and years of observation as to how people choose to express themselves. Shouting out a word — if you overlook the possibility of rousing someone from slumber — is worse than whispering it.

    Let me explain:

  • Obama, time for ‘drama’

    While we’ve appreciated “no drama Obama” in times past, we were glad to see the president’s demeanor rise to a passionate level last Thursday when he gave his jobs speech. Yes, it was long on rhetoric and short on key specifics, but we applaud the central message he threw out there: A jobs bill is needed now, he’s proposing one that Republicans should vote for, and Washington must act sooner rather than later.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 12, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: What matters

    After a night of changing TV channels back and forth between my two favorite sports — football and politics — I got to wondering about why they matter to me. And that maybe they should matter less.