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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art - You’ll get a whole dollar

    As part of a let’s-be-friendly gesture, I once asked my then-next-door neighbor, James, if he’d help me unload some lumber from my pickup.

    I’d bought several pieces of wood to shore up our fence, and as I noticed him sipping Sun Tea on his porch, I sweetened the offer:

    “And if you help me, I’ll give you a whole dollar.”

    “A whole dollar?” James asked. “How about if I give you a whole dollar to leave me alone?” That’s how neighbors in Camp Luna get along. By the way, he did help me unload — a three-minute job — but refused my magnanimous whole dollar offer.

  • Help make history again

    Four years ago, at this pre-election moment and in this exact space, we spoke in awe of the presidential election year that was about to conclude. Indeed, 2008 was a year in which the first viable female candidate for president was narrowly bested by the first African-American candidate with a chance to win, while on the other side of the political fence we witnessed the rebirth of a politician whose candidacy had months earlier been declared dead. Then there were the issues — an incredibly unpopular war in Iraq and an economy in peril. We were indeed on the cusp of history.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 5, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A regional alliance

    It seems the idea of a broader, regional approach to water issues in northeastern New Mexico gained some traction last week with a regional water symposium at Luna Community College. There’s another meeting being planned in an attempt to turn the talk into action.

  • Gross receipts

    Proposals to raise area sales taxes are on San Miguel and Mora county ballots this Nov. 6, and while we think one of them is well worth a “yes” vote, we can’t quite bring ourselves to endorse the other.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 2, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 2, 2012
  • Scared for the future of our area

    I’m pretty scared. The economy in our city and area is the reason. 

    Our ranchers have no grass or water. The money is drying up like our river. Our state is 75 percent dependent on federal spending, and Las Vegas is more so. That money is going to be drastically reduced.

    We can’t control the weather.  God has given us brains to fly to the moon, but not make it rain.  Maybe we can use our brains a little more and really solve our water problem. We have to find new ways to have jobs and economic life, not dependent on federal spending.