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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Roundup - April 17, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    McCook (Nebraska) Daily Gazette on Obama penalty finally getting real (April 10):
    “Why should I pay for something I don’t need,” one young worker was heard to remark when she found out the Affordable Care Act requires her to purchase health insurance.
    That’s the whole idea of Obamacare — if everyone has to buy it, the cost of health care will be spread out among more people, theoretically making it “affordable” for everyone.

  • Letters to the Editor - April 17, 2015

    Owners responsible for their animals
    New Mexico has abundant natural beauty. Outdoor exercise keeps people and their dogs healthy. I encourage residents to keep dogs as well as people walking, running and riding safe in Las Vegas and surrounding communities.

  • A bold move for Highlands

    New Mexico Highlands University regents voted last month to adopt a new policy that requires full-time freshmen from outside the area to live in one of the university’s residence halls. The new requirement will go into effect this fall.

    University administrators, including Dean of Students Fidel Trujillo, are hoping that requiring freshmen without ties to this area to stay in residence halls during their first year at Highlands will boost student retention and graduation rates.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 15, 2015
  • Work of Art: Absurd name change

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”
    — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

    • • •
    Search for the Española-based institution of higher learning and you’ll likely find web sites for Northern New Mexico College and Northern New Mexico University. It’s not a typo. Those who created the various web sites clearly knew what they were doing.

  • Editorial: Secrets to a long life

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Concord (N.H.) Monitor and was originally published in that newspaper on April 8.

    What does it mean to live long and prosper? It’s worth thinking about as the baby boom generation heads into retirement and as their parents head into the final stages of life. More and more, people are bombarded with advice on how to stay healthy and vital. Often, it involves eating some sort of food (such as kale or berries) and not eating another kind of food (such as cake or bacon).

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Hemp, much like its cousin, making inroads to legalization

    One of the perks to having a column that runs in papers around the state is the feedback, especially through emails, that I receive from readers. Sometimes it surprises me what people get passionate about.

    Not long ago I wrote about some of the bills that passed New Mexico’s most recent legislative session, listing more than a dozen measures that passed — including one that caught the attention of a hemp enthusiast.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 10, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A NEW HOME FOR MAGISTRATE COURT
    After months of having to share space — first with District Court and then with the San Miguel County Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office — San Miguel County Magistrate Court has a new home. The court opened the doors to its new location at 312 Bibb Industrial Drive on Monday. It moved out of its Seventh Street building because employees were getting sick there. We’re glad to see the move and hope it finally brings stability to the court, which has been in flux in recent months.