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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Do good anyway

    People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered. Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

    Give the world your best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

  • COLUMN: Sensible, sentimental or something

    Growing up in post-World War II, small-town New Mexico left its mark on many of us.

    We watched our mothers and grandmothers saving everything, in advance of running out of or being caught unawares. It didn’t matter that we were on the cusp of the “throw-away” mentality going into the ‘50s — saving, recycling — doesn't matter how you want to euphemize it, it’s the way it was.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thum ...BIG MEN, SOFT HEARTS. The Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club distributed 513 toys for children in its annual and appreciated Toys for Tots drive. Hundreds of children stood in line at Sala de Madrid for the chance to see Santa Claus and receive some brand-new toys; one family, who had fallen victim to a theft in which their presents were taken — got some extra gifts to make their Christmas better.

  • COLUMN: Corruption in New Mexico

    SANTA FE — “Corruption is the most enduring tradition in New Mexico’s history.”

    Those are the words of my favorite historian, Dave Clary of Roswell reacting to last week’s column about New Mexico ranking low in a recent study to identify the most corrupt states in the nation.

    USA Today analyzed Department of Justice statistics for the past 10 years to find the states with the most convictions of public officials per 100,000 population.

  • EDITORIAL: The meanings of Christmas

    (Editor’s note: This editorial first appeared on Christmas Day 2007.)

    We don’t think a secular, general circulation newspaper is the place to advance any one religious belief. It isn’t appropriate or even right to push our faith off on good people who believe differently. And, frankly, inclusiveness is consistent with our view that there are many paths to the Truth, and our search isn’t the only way to get there.

  • EDITORIAL: Christmas in jail

    It’s been a full year since Gilberto Reyes has been in the San Miguel County jail. His trial for a charge of distribution of marijuana is set for late February.

    We suppose the players in our local justice system would argue that they are ensuring Reyes’ constitutional right to a speedy trial. We think such a claim is hogwash.

    As we have stated in this space before, we consider this case a huge failure of our justice system. And the blame goes around to all involved — the judge, the prosecutors and the defense attorney.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas City Museum’s Holiday Open was a success. About 40 attendees enjoyed the debut of “Jazzology,” a new singing group, holiday songs played by Ann Mishler, and tours of the collections. Donations for a number of raffle tickets were received by the Friends of the Museum, and money will go to the endowment fund.

  • COLUMN: Nice guy or mean guy?

    “Are you the nice guy or the mean guy?” What? I hadn’t been asked that question in years. Hearing it, I harked w-a-y back, to 1966, when I still lived at my birthplace, at 906 Railroad, in a barrio we called “Tuff Street.”

    Every house got a little tuffer, and I lived in the last house. The person who inquired about my naughty- and nice-ness used to live in the second-to-the-last house.