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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Charles Ilfeld built business empire

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The most well known of the early Jewish settlers of Las Vegas was Charles Ilfeld, who came here in 1867, when he was only 20. He had arrived in Santa Fe two years earlier, emigrating from Homburg vor der Hohe, a town in Germany near Frankfurt, then part of the Prussian Empire. According to Ilfeld family history, Charles arrived in Santa Fe with only $5 in his pocket.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 1, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times on the hysteria surrounding immigration (July 25, 2014):

    Put those fears of catching ebola from immigrant children to rest.
    Health professionals at the ninth annual Border Health Conference are sending the clear signal that the thousands of children flooding the border from Central America won’t infect us all with exotic diseases. That’s in direct conflict with health-scare hysterics perpetrated by political opportunism and bad journalism.

  • Letters to the Editor - Aug. 1, 2014

    U.S. must condemn both sides
    I was horrified to learn that Secretary of State John Kerry has declared actions of the Israeli government in Gaza are “legitimate and appropriate.” The targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure is never ever either “legitimate” or “appropriate”.

  • Impressive performance

    Congratulations to the faculty and staff at West Las Vegas’ Union Elementary for their school’s impressive performance on last school year’s standards based assessment.

    State report cards released late last week reveal that 72.9 percent of Union Elementary students scored proficient or better in reading, while 81.4 percent of its students scored proficient or better in math.

    Those rates far exceed the proficiency levels of all other Las Vegas-area schools, and it is certainly something worth celebrating.

  • Work of Art: Does news ever change?

    How much history is buried in various construction sites, in homes, backyards and under carpets?

    It’s interesting to come across information long past, and even overdue. Some news discoveries can be embarrassing.

    In 1962, I learned about one such instance while attending a dinner meeting of the Cook County (Ill.) Press Association, in which an editor of one of Chicago’s dailies spoke to us about Chicago journalism history.

  • We need to do better

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual child well-being report last week.

    The good news: New Mexico no longer ranks dead last in child well-being. The bad news: We’re now 49th in this year’s Kids Count Data Book, an annual national report that grades states on education, health care and poverty.
    While no longer being ranked last is definitely a step forward, ranking second worst among states in child well-being is certainly nothing to celebrate.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 28, 2014
  • Another Perspective: NM Health care plan delivers

    By Bob Moos

    It’s been six months since millions of American began to benefit from health insurance bought through the new federal marketplace, so it’s fair to ask: How is the coverage working?

    Though analyzing the health care law remains a work in progress, the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services has taken a close look at both the affordability and the availability of the insurance plans purchased during the marketplace’s initial enrollment period.