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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters to the editor, Oct. 22, 2017

    Gun control O.K. 

    I know a little about guns, I have a few, perhaps five.

    My original rifle is a .250 savage lever action with a six round revolving brass internal magazine. Another rifle I own is a Chinese made SK almost identical to the notorious AK-47. I’ll now tell you what the main difference between the SK and the .250 Savage is: the external magazine. like most hunting weapons the .250 holds five shots or rounds on ammo.

  • Editorial cartoon: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

    Editorial cartoon: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct.20, 2017

    A SLIGHT TURN UPWARD

    We applaud the Luna Community College Board of Trustees for deciding to hire a proffessional search firm in its effort to bring in a new permanent president. It’s understandable many will be skeptical of the board, especially when it’s only making statements and has yet to complete a truly fair president hiring process in recent years, but it’s a great start.