Today's Opinions

  • Lawmakers deserve thanks for measure

    The reintroduction of Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishing Act in Taos County on March 29 is a huge win for northern New Mexico. Our Democratic congressional delegation — Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich deserve praise from people here in northern New Mexico for taking the step in this 112th Congress to preserve 236,000 acres in north central New Mexico.  Please take a moment to call the delegation thanking them for their work.  

  • Recital a success

    The 6th annual Thomas Mishler Music Scholarship Recital was recently performed by four very talented students from the NMHU Music Department. They were soprano, Nicole Robinson; tenor saxophone, Joshua Armendariz; baritone and guitar, Timothy Martinez; and, Dennis Montaño on the trumpet. These students were awarded a competitive scholarship last fall. In the meantime, they worked closely with their music instructors to prepare four to five selections for the spring recital.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 6, 2011
  • PED’s big mistake

    Last year, New Mexico school districts were facing an across-the-board cut of more than 3 percent when then-Gov. Bill Richardson decided he didn’t want it to happen on his watch. So he used some stimulus money as a band-aid and passed the bleeding on to the new governor.

    Then came the Susana Martinez administration, ready to take on the state budget by cutting but not taxing. So when public education cuts came in at about 1.5 percent, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

    It was too good to be true.

  • Work of Art: I just had to send this to you

    Imagine receiving a letter so eye-catching that it makes you want to send a copy to 100 friends. But wait! With postage costing $44, not to mention the price of paper, envelopes and ink, well that starts to run into money.

    The only time I succumbed to such expenditures was in 1972, when an acquaintance whom I met at a workshop in Charlottesville, Va., sent me a letter with the notation “This one really works!” with the urging that I send copies of the letter to 25 friends.

  • Opening the school coffers

    Among the education bills that Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law last week is one aimed at increasing transparency in the state’s public school districts, by requiring that certain financial information on districts and charter schools be posted on the relatively new Sunshine Portal (located at www.sunshineportalnm.com/).

    Moreover, she gave a great reason why it’s such an important move.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 4, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Love of country, community

    The national discourse, as well as a little local talk I’ve heard lately, got me to thinking about patriotism. And love of community. Let me start with our views of the U.S., then bring it on home.