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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Understanding the pain of abortion

    Every religion tries to deal with how to handle human suffering. Last Sunday, a talk was given called “Motherhood Interrupted” at the Immaculate Conception church. The speaker, Mrs. Jane Brennan, whose website is www.motherhoodinterrupted.com, is an average American woman. She gave a woman’s view of having an abortion.

  • Work of Art: Saintimental favorites

    It was wonderful yesterday writing about how next year’s Super Bowl will feature the Oakland Raiders pummeling Dallas by about 87 to 3. Yet,  family members who realize I bleed Raiders black and gray interrupted  the joy; this column needs to be about this year’s Super Bowl. Or so they say.

    Nevertheless, I wanted to convince family members that the Raiders will be in the big game next year. So I asked around:

    Oldest son Stan: No particular interest.

    Middle son Diego (Tennessee Titans fan): Raiders don’t deserve it.

  • Letter: The substance of a politician

    The time to file for those who want to run for office is just around the corner.

    A young man recently asked me the meaning of a politician. I replied that people who run for office most generally do it because they want to use their education, talents, personalities and experience in life to help others. They encourage self-sufficiency, but at the same time fight for and support programs that give people a little push in the right direction.

  • Letter: Keep hard-earned revenue at home

    Perhaps Ms. (Councilwoman Diane) Moore is right in holding off awarding a contract to our current city manager. Perhaps we should try to hire a city resident to the city’s highest paid office. How many offices are we going to fill with out-of-towners, who pay taxes elsewhere and/or spend our hard-earned taxes (salaries) elsewhere? Recently, we’ve hired city attorneys, city managers, etc., from every town but our own.

    Can we try harder?

  • Letter: A final farewell to democracy?

    Recently five men in black robes took an action that may change the course of history. In ruling that corporations and unions have the same rights as persons to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns, the Supreme Court overthrew a century of practice and decades of legal rulings.

  • Letter: The meaning of a 'co-operative'

    Oxford dictionary defines a “co-operative” as “a farm, business, or other organization that is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.”

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative is violating the spirit of a “co-operative” by ignoring their members’ rights to discuss and agree upon plans for a six-line, 86,400 volt overhead installation that has been designed and scheduled (mid-April 2010) to run from La Cueva through the Mora Valley, along Highway 518.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... SOME PEOPLE STILL DON’T GET IT. There’s a large bank of handicapped-parking signs in front of the city’s recreation center and there’s often a car or two parked there illegally. That’s an indication that people often get away with it. And though the drivers predictably claim, “I was parked there just for a second,” the reality is usually much longer.

  • Editorial: Transparency and ethics

    We’re all in favor of legislation that would create a state ethics commission, but the measures being advanced in this year’s session appear to be lacking a key ingredient — transparency.