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Today's Opinions

  • Vigil and Maltais hold audience in their spell

    Beth Speaks For Herself — By Beth Urech

    In the corner of a large room with warm red walls stands an impressive grand piano. Large windows overlook the Plaza Park whose multi-colored string of lights adds a festive note.

    An ornate candelabra holds three real candles which flicker in anticipation. That is the setting for the Sept. 20 concert at our Plaza Hotel. When you turn your gaze, you’ll see men and women seated and quietly speaking.

  • Letters to the editor, Oct. 1, 2017

    Religion’s grip slipping There is a term in science called “critical mass”. It is the smallest amount of fissile material needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction. In other words, “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

    In the United States, the oppression of women and the suppression of their rights — to own their bodies; to obtain legal medical procedures; to receive a full range of health care, including all reproductive care available — are quickly approaching critical mass.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

  • Paying homage of the gods of our 21st century

    Dispatch New Mexico

    I’ve been thinking about God lately.

    The Supreme Being is important to me, because I don’t want this to be all there is. The idea that there’s nothing beyond my one life is just too much pressure. I don’t know how Trump can stand it.

    Here in the 21st century, we worship many gods. New-and-improved gods, straight off the showroom floor, built to redeem us in our modern existence. I think we finally figured out that being saved is only fun if you sin your way in.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 29, 2017

    CHILES AREN’T JUST FOR DINNER PLATES

    Despite a minimal amount of fanfare, the new New Mexico license plates are appearing on numerous vehicles in the Meadow City.

    Most of them begin with two or three capital letters. The markings are bright and clear. And the message on the plates correctly refers to us as the chile (NEVER end this word with an “I”) capital of the world. And it shows both red and green varieties, punctuating the Christmas theme. Look around for a few dozen of these plates.

  • Turkey for you; turkey for me

    Work of Art, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Call a person a turkey, and you might be using fighting words. But I can make an exception and even construe the moniker as a compliment.

    Let me explain:

    My mother, Marie, served two two-year terms as San Miguel County Treasurer back in the early ‘60s. It was customary (maybe it still is) for bankers to gift elected officials on Thanksgiving for their services. Mom died early this century and is therefore unable to explain things in detail.

  • Get state to honor compact

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Rio Grande Sun. ESPANOLA — Where’s Lonesome Dave Cargo when you need him? The late former New Mexico governor always had the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad’s back when it came to dealing with pinheads in Santa Fe.