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Today's Opinions

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Dems converge on LV

    By Beth Urech

    Last weekend, over 50 members of the Progressive Democrats of America arrived from all over the country for an intense strategic planning session.

    When I entered the Plaza Hotel Ballroom, the mainly middle-aged men and women were already seated. I was introduced to Donna Smith, the executive director. Within thirty seconds, we discovered our mutual love for Hackney’s Onion Loaf, the speciality of a neighborhood restaurant on the street where I live part of the year in Chicago.

    Instant fusion over food is special, and we fused!

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 3, 2017

    THUMBS UP! ALUMBRA CARES
    March marks one full year that Las Vegas has been without an OB department.  Since the closure, Alumbra Women’s Health and Maternity Care, LLC, a for profit nurse-midwifery practice, has lost half its income, and yet is still trying to keep its doors open and improve the health and lives of women in Las Vegas and surrounding areas.  They have applied for and received a federal 501c3 designation creating a non-profit organization that can receive tax-deductible donations, and are raising funds at the office and through crowdrise.com.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 3, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Going down to the legislative wire

    Hold on to your hat, we’re closing in on the final couple of weeks of this 2017 New Mexico legislative session. The last day of the session is March 18, so there will be a flurry of activity in the days ahead as the intensity of lawmaking increases.

    The session will be remembered for its budget, of course, because that’s what will keep state government open. But there is always the possibility that a major reform or two will be passed into law as well.

  • Civil rights is federal issue

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Concord Monitor (N.H.) and was published Feb. 23.

    We were reminded this week of an old George Carlin quote that was printed on the Monitor’s Forum page not long ago:

    “Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another.” It’s true, especially that last part, and if you need evidence just ask a transgender person.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 1, 2017
  • Work of Art: A cure for ‘huevoncy’

    Almost daily we read or hear about someone who’s upset over not being allowed to use a restroom of his/her choice.

    When I taught at Highlands, the word “gender” referred to grammatical terms such as he or she. It wasn’t used to describe sex, as in male or female. But in the past few years, an issue — which I won’t dare try to officiate — regarding which restroom one should occupy, has become big news.

  • Drivers and technology

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the (Macon, Georgia) Telegraph and was originally published on Feb. 20.

    With all our technological advancements in the vehicle arena, more people are dying in crashes than at almost any time in history according to the National Safety Council. The NSC estimates that 40,200 people died in automobile accidents in 2016, up 6 percent over 2015. We haven’t seen this level of vehicle death in a decade. ...