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Today's Opinions

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    UP thumb ... FISCALLY SOUND. Highlands University regents were told last week that, despite the expectations of budget cuts coming with an economic slowdown, the school is “fiscally strong in all respects.” And that’s on top of findings in a recent study that Highlands’ tuition and fees for undergraduate New Mexico residents are the lowest in the West (an 11-state region).

  • Marriage as a right

    It isn’t likely that Proposition 8 will be the final word in the debate over same-sex marriages in California. And it shouldn’t be.

    The initiative passed by 52 percent of California voters alters that state’s constitution to read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Its passage overrules a court decision last May allowing same-sex marriage, but opponents have already filed legal challenges, contending that it should be invalidated.

  • LETTER: Why this election matters so much

    No one would deny that the United States established a significant historical milestone on Nov. 4. The question now presented to us as a nation and as a society is: How is this significant?

    One answer is to place it into America’s historic time line:

    232 years ago the Congress of the 13 colonies declared their independence from British rule, stating, in terms that we all know so well: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”

  • LETTER: Scenic Corridor not an industrial zone

    Scenic Corridor not an industrial zone

    The proposed facility will be located also on state land. It will consist of 47  390-feet tall 1.5 MW turbines and miles of power lines going down the mesa to the grid northward. These enormous wind towers will be easily seen from Interstate 25 between Tecolote and South San Isidro (as far as mile marker 312) and from the north end of Route 3.

  • LETTER: Why we won't win the War on Terror

    This is in response to [article about] Patricia Anderson on Oct. 24:

    Ms. Patricia Anderson’s story is proof we will never win the so-called War on Terror because we are often steered from our instincts, refused access to relevant information, and mired in bureaucratic procedure — all of which leaves us vulnerable.

  • Turbines and progress

    Let’s be clear on one point: Just because a company is trying to advance a renewable energy source doesn’t give it a free ride over the government process of oversight. That’s not how this nation should move forward with a new energy policy.

    Unfortunately, however, deference seems to be a big reason why Invenergy is getting state support to construct up to 50 massive wind turbines in western San Miguel County, while protesting neighbors are being discounted as anti-progress.

  • COLUMN: Bankruptcy or 35 mpg

    I confess that I’ve always been a car nut. From my first car (a much-used Oldsmobile Rocket 88), more than half a century ago, to my current monthly readership of every known English-language car mag, I’ve loved cars and enjoyed the driving — and racing — pleasures of Alfas, BMWs, MGs, Porsches, big American iron, the best of the Asiatic offerings and everything in between (including some fast motorcycles).

  • Don't high-five the bailout

    The first time I felt the impact of big bucks was in my youth, while window shopping at the old J.C. Penney store in Las Vegas, exactly where Beall’s operates now.

    I had been selling newspapers downtown and ran in to a fifth-grade classmate who I thought to be the richest kid in town. We began talking about finances. I’d been proud of having opened my own passbook-savings account, at the First National Bank, and, solely through sales of Optics, I’d built up a nest egg of about $7.