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Today's Opinions

  • Another perspective - Compacts, new racetrack for northeast NM good for all

    Responsible gaming, whether at a tribal casino or a horse racetrack, is an attractive economic development tool for New Mexico, attracting tourists, contributing to our unique culture and generating jobs and revenue for public education and other critical state services.

    Quick approval of new tribal gaming agreements and of a horse racetrack in northeastern New Mexico will help continue our economic momentum.

  • Another perspective - We must improve foster care system

    By Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino and Sen. Steven Neville

    Among government’s critical responsibilities is protecting children from abuse and neglect.

    Our goal in this legislative session is to improve the foster care system for children placed in the state’s custody because their parents are unable or unwilling to care for them.

  • Letters to the Editor - March 13, 2015

    Water rights ought never be sold
    I am a citizen of Las Vegas, N.M., who uses and pays for city utilities.  Also my family has been entrusted with irrigation land along the Rio Gallinas, and using the acequia to deliver water to the land.

  • Supreme Court got it right

    We applaud the state Supreme Court for its ruling Monday that state law requires all New Mexicans to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

    Reason has finally prevailed.

    You may recall that the state Court of Appeals came to a different conclusion when it took up the matter in November 2013. In its bizarre ruling, the Appeals Court said only 10 categories of people — the list includes teachers, doctors and nurses — must report suspected child abuse. Prior to that ruling, the law had generally been interpreted to apply to everyone.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 11, 2015
  • Work of Art: Daylight Saving Time is great

    Why must people look a gift horse in the mouth? I used to struggle with that expression — until someone wiser explained.

    I surmise the expression refers to those who question the quality of something given to them. Accordingly, if you receive a horse with no reins attached, you should be grateful and not check under the hood to determine the age, health, strength or orneriness of the beast.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 9, 2015
  • Give PARCC a chance

    From the Boston Tea Party to Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, this country has a rich history of civil disobedience. When we have a grievance or feel we’re not being treated fairly, we have a right to take to the streets to voice our concerns.

    That’s exactly what some students at Robertson and West Las Vegas High schools did last Monday. They, along with thousands of other students from around the state and nation, took to the streets to protest the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.