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Today's Opinions

  • Pass driver’s license bill

    There are few things most high school students value more than their driver’s licenses, so it stands to reason that the prospect of losing those driving privileges is a surefire way to grab a teen’s attention.

    That’s why we think that legislation proposed by Rep. Jimmie Hall, R-Albuquerque, is a great idea.

    The bill would suspend the driver’s licenses of habitually truant students. Students who haven’t yet gotten their licenses wouldn’t be able to get them if they have spotty attendance records.

  • Work of Art: Spare us that ‘special day’

    There’s a certain satisfaction one derives by doing a good deed. And the good feeling is enhanced when others notice it.

    So it was as I lay on a padded table at the United Blood Services lab in Santa Fe last week, donating blood as part of my three-times-a-year regimen. Of course, Las Vegas has its own blood drives — one very successful drive for the motorcycle rally in the summer.

  • Clock ticking on insurance

    If you don’t have health insurance and haven’t yet taken advantage of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, time is running out.

    The deadline to enroll in health insurance is Sunday, Feb. 15. Those without health insurance who miss that deadline and don’t qualify for an exemption will have to pay a fine when they file their tax returns.

    The mandate is contained in the Affordable Care Act, the federal law commonly known as Obamacare, which strives to get everyone enrolled in a health insurance plan.

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 9, 2015
  • Another Perspective - A good education: The obvious, but neglected, solution for a better NM

    Look into the eyes of the next youngster you see, whether it’s an 8-year-old learning to read, a pre-teen wondering how to fit in or an 18-year-old trying to decide between work, college or both. Look deep into their eyes and ask yourself: What have I done to help this young person succeed?

    As politicians, policymakers and bureaucrats gather in Santa Fe to plot the best way forward, too much time and energy are spent plotting how to regain or retain a political advantage. We need to work more on improving the education our children receive.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 6, 2015

    THUMBS DOWN! FOLLOW POSTED HOURS
    Signs at the entry to San Miguel County’s various trash-deposit sites show the system’s hours and days of operation, but those hours aren’t always followed. That makes it a bit annoying to customers who may arrive there — their pickup trucks bulging — only to find a locked gate. Remember, it’s neither sanitary nor fashionable to drive around for days with a car or a truck full of trash accumulated from a Super Bowl party.

    THUMBS UP! A GREAT EVENT

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 6, 2015
  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 6, 2015

    Enforce cell phone law
    As a long-time resident of Seventh Street, who walks and drives that street often, I see at least five or 10 people daily texting or dialing on their cell phones, headed for an intersection, other cars or pedestrians. An officer in a patrol car presumably sees many, many more than I do. I am amazed that we have not read by now of a person or a family killed or seriously injured, and when we do, I’m sure we’ll see letters about leniency since “everyone does it.”