Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! HOT SPOTS ALL OVER. The fire in Arizona that we’ve been breathing and the one near Raton that led to the Zia gas-line shutoff are the two most pressing examples, but they’re only part of a super-intense wildfire season. The acreage burned so far this season is more than twice the 20-year average for New Mexico, and it’s not showing signs of letting up.

  • Name someone from up here

    The hunters and fishermen of northeast New Mexico have been waiting a long time to have someone like us as our region’s representative on the State Game Commission. Gary Johnson and Bill Richardson ignored us. And so far at least, so has Gov. Susana Martinez, though hopefully she’ll change that.

  • AAUW Book Sale was successful

    The recent AAUW Book Sale, the first one held outdoors, was a success, despite the intervals of rain, with thanks to many people: those who donated books, those who bought books, and those who volunteered their time.  

    Most important was the assistance of the United World College in allowing the AAUW to use its facility for storage of donated books and to hold the event on the grounds of U-7, the former Baptist Church. Thanks also to UWC-USA  for lending 15 tables on which to display the books.

  • Sheepherders, dads and stepdads

    Father’s Day is fast approaching, so I thought I would write this article, even if the dads mentioned have passed on to a better life.

    It has been said that, “The true influence of a father will show up in the lives of his offspring.”

    If you are ever in Cheyenne, Wyo., and you get a chance to visit the Wyoming State Museum, you will probably be surprised to see the pictures of two Mora residents who went to Wyoming in 1939 to work as sheepherders. Their names are Martin Esquibel and Adolph Sandoval.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Jesuit College — Part II

    Instruction at the Jesuit College was offered concurrently in both Spanish and English, perhaps making the school one of the first in the country to establish a bilingual curriculum.  

  • Orgullo del Norte -Statehood and the Spanish-American War

    “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
    — Edward Abbey

    When the American Revolution took place, a large group of people declared war on their home country, their own government, and their fellow countrymen. All those who took up arms against Britain were not called traitors or rebels; they were called “patriots.” This act set the historical bar for what it means to be a patriot.

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, on states trying to consolidate agencies (June 13) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spent time during the 2011 legislative session asking lawmakers to approve cost-saving consolidation measures. She wasn’t alone. A number of governors took the same course this year as they sought to deal with budgets considerably smaller than in years past. As was the case in Oklahoma, results were mixed. ...

  • Editorial: Poor planning

    We all knew it was coming. State agencies, forced to deal with some tough budget cuts, are starting to cut back on their workforces, with 44 layoffs approved last week in a half-dozen agencies.
    It’s a sign of a tough economy, but let’s not forget another reason why the state is in this predicament. Perhaps you remember how, instead of being frugal during surplus times, former Gov. Bill Richardson and his administration spent like there was no tomorrow.
    Well, guess what? Tomorrow’s here, and so are the consequences of poor financial planning.