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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 13, 2015

    Complications from measles overstated
    While the facts given in the editorial “Vaccinations Are Critical” are urgent, one should be aware of something called “completeness of reporting.” What this entails is the realization that not all measles infection cases go reported.

  • Another Perspective - Court system not funded adequately

    By Barbara Vigil

    Our courts require additional resources to meet the justice needs of New Mexico’s citizens. Each day, courts address the aftermath of strained social and economic conditions, including crime, child and domestic abuse, and broken family and business relationships.

    Our independent court system also supports economic growth and investment by enforcing contracts and resolving business and property disputes. And it does all of this with less than 3 percent of the state’s overall budget.

  • Just a Thought - Will you be my valentine, now and forever?

    By Rick Kraft

    The elderly couple was driving down the country road in their old pickup truck when they saw a young couple in a shiny new pickup coming toward them from the other direction. The young man was driving and the young lady was sitting right next to him, almost in his lap. He had his left hand on the steering wheel and his right arm was behind her neck resting on her shoulder. She was looking at her man with adoration, giving him all of the attention that any young lady could possibly give.

  • 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.