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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 17, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 17, 2012
  • Another Perspective - Mora County Courthouse

    By Thomas M. Sanchez

    The Mora County Commission held two public meetings in recent months to hear public input on steps to move forward with the Mora County Complex.

    Last December, local residents participated in an open public meeting to express concerns about the project as well as suggestions for taking steps to complete the project. Additionally, during a commission meeting in late January, residents had another opportunity to provide input on a request for funding for the Mora County Complex for submission to the New Mexico State Legislature.

  • Nuestra Historia - The handshake that doomed statehood

    After New Mexico became a Territory in 1850, statehood was not seriously considered by Congress for another quarter century. Then, on a fateful day in 1875, an assenting handshake proved disastrous, and delayed admission for yet another 35 years.

    During its 62 years as a Territory, New Mexico sent 18 delegates to Congress, equally divided between Hispanics and Anglos. They included seven Democrats and 11 Republicans.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

    The New York Post on teacher evaluations in New York state (Feb. 12) — It will be 30 days on Thursday since Gov. Cuomo warned that he would draft his own system to root out bad teachers if the state Education Department and teachers unions didn’t make a deal on substantive reform within a month.

    To demonstrate his seriousness, he said he would make it part of his budget legislation — tying serious teacher-evaluation standards to increased state aid.

  • From under state’s thumb

    It’s great news that, after nearly six years, the West Las Vegas School District is finally in charge of its finances again. It’s something that Superintendent Ruben Cordova and the school board can be proud of.

    Paul Aguilar, deputy secretary of finance and operations for the the state Public Education Department, delivered the news to the school board last week, calling it “an important milestone”  for the district.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 15, 2012
  • Work of Art - Is ‘Chula’ a centurian?

    The response to last week’s Work of Art, in which I planned and planted misuses of the English language, was great. The reaction ranged from the concern that your resident Language Cop somehow had “lost it” to a let’s-do-it-again attitude.

    A half dozen readers either e-mailed or dropped off their responses, and one person went even farther, finding a stray question mark in my column and catching me on my capitalizing a word that shouldn’t have been.