Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Benigno, father of the State Hospital

    Created by territorial law in 1889, the New Mexico State Hospital opened its doors in May 1893, and since that time has been the mainstay of the Las Vegas economy.  

    In recent history,  the number of employees at the hospital has hovered  around 1,000, and few in this area have not had one or more family members employed at the hospital. Needless to say, the area economy may not have survived through the years without the State Hospital.

  • Orgullo del Norte - Unsung heroes of World War II

    “We wanted to make a difference. We wanted to let the country know we weren’t second-class citizens.”
    — Clarence Graham

    Spain was an ally to the newly formed United States of America. Every man of the Spanish colonies in the Americas (Spanish and Indian) was asked to pay a $2 war tax to support the American Revolution. In addition to money, the Spanish sent its military. The Spanish navy kept the British out of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. This critical move cut off all reinforcements to Cornwallis at Yorktown in October 1781.

  • Don’t break up PDH’s staff

    It has come to the attention of the Paul D. Henry Elementary School staff that reorganization or movement of teachers will be happening for next year. We feel that due to PDH meeting adequate yearly progress for the last two years that it is a possibility our teachers may be moved to different schools that have not made AYP. It is to our understanding that the strongest teachers will be moved to service the students most in need.

  • Poor citizens in a wealthy country

    “War is making us poor,” according to Pat Leahan’s letter on Friday, April 15. Behind this ugly truth lies another. As our foreign wars expand, a class war increases at home. This class war shifts wealth from the majority of the population to super-wealthy individuals and corporations.

    “Wait.” you say, “this is America, and we don’t have a class system.” Yes we do, if you consider class based on economic rather than social standing. Consider one of many pieces of evidence supporting this claim.

  • Pivotal moment

    So here we are, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s assassination. It’s a historic moment of great consequence — not for the “closure” it brings to the families of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, but for the pivot in our war against terrorism. To have killed the mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil — a death that came 10 years later, after a search that led us into two wars — means that we are at a turning point. Which way we’ll turn, however, or even if we’ll turn, remains an open question.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 4, 2011
  • Work of Art: Show us your hairline, Trump

    Birther. It must be awful to be identified by only one term: birther.

    By definition, a birther ought to be 1) someone who creates birth, 2) someone who bears a child, 3) someone like a midwife who catches babies, 4) a bad speller who offers choice sleeping accommodations to another on a Pullman train, or 5) the male child of another bad-spelling mom who expected a girl, whom she would have named Bertha.

  • Residents get the shaft

    Let’s see if we can get ahead of the outrage over the latest news that the city of Las Vegas overcharged its residents more than a third of a million dollars in garbage fees. Yes, the outrage is justified, since the city’s customers got the shaft for the city’s mistake, and it’s really too late to correct it (unless we want to see the city pass the mistake on to current customers in order to pay previous customers). But beyond the outrage, there’s a need for some accountability here.