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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 27, 2017

    THMBS UP: A DIFFICULT DISCUSSION

    We applaud Las Vegas City Schools for addressing the elephant in the room —or, rather, the historic elephant located next to Robertson High School. Elephants are said to have excellent memories, and memories are also contained in the buildings.

    While Paul D. Henry School is worth salvaging from a sentimental point of view, the building seems to be past the point of repair, and its usefulness as a modern school is subject to the forecast of administrators, at best.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Octt. 27, 2017

  • ‘Mockingbird’ flares up anew

    There’s a bit of irony in the following, which concerns a reheated topic of racism, as shown in the decision of several school districts to ban Harper Lee’s award-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    Touching on Lee’s brilliant novel and of censorship leads me to make a couple of disclosures.

  • There's a severe shortage of mental health professionals

    This editorial was recently published in the Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News.

    There is a national shortage of mental health professionals, and it’s being felt locally. Southeastern North Carolina and many other parts of the U.S. are seeing a shortage of all mental health providers.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

  • One nation, under God —divisible

    Just a thought .... by Rick Kraft

    Today, I stood at the base of the flagpole at Fort Sumter and helped carefully unfold the United States flag. I assisted the ranger as he hoisted it up the pole so it could fly proudly over the island and the harbor.

    The flag that was taken down from the pole on April14, 1861 only had 33 stars. The one we raised today had 50. As I helped raise the flag I thought of the importance of the flag to our nation and what it represents.

  • OK,‘Spaceport America’ — your time is up

    One of the cruelest manifestations of illogical thinking is the sunk-cost fallacy. The irrational belief that a bad investment will, one day, pay off, if we just hold on a little longer, has led to plenty of sorrow in the private sector.

  • Why should local governments address climate change?

    By Rock G. Ulibarri —  San Miguel County Commission Chair

    Despite its small population, San Miguel County is bearing the brunt of global climate change caused by global human activity, including the release of greenhouse gas emissions.

    It’s widely acknowledged among the scientific community that the weather patterns that New Mexico and San Miguel Co. have been experiencing of late—including effects such as drought, floods, and wildfire—are heightened in severity by climate change.