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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - April 10, 2015

    Become an organ donor
    The Children’s Organ Transplant Association was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Ind., rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But the child died before an organ became available. Those community volunteers, along with his parents, turned tragedy into triumph by using the funds they raised to help other transplant families. That was the beginning of COTA.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 8, 2015
  • Rein in Northern

    For much of its existence, it was known as Northern New Mexico Community College. Then, with the backing of a powerful state lawmaker, it morphed into Northern New Mexico College. Now it’s calling itself Northern New Mexico University.

    The metamorphosis of the Española-based institution from a two-year community college to a “university” is the epitome of what’s wrong with New Mexico’s higher education system. And, frankly, it’s time for state officials to step in and put an end to the insanity.

  • Work of Art: Working like a dog, or pig

    “You look tired. Maybe you’ve been working too hard.”

    “I worked like a dog today,” my mother would respond. “Can’t you see how nice the house looks and how frazzled I look?”

    If we were in the business of creating mixed metaphors, this would be a world-class effort. The dialogue isn’t made up. I heard it often during my childhood in the days when women stayed home cooking and cleaning and men sailed to the saline mines.

  • Indiana law misguided

    “What’s happened to Hoosier hospitality?”

    So reads a sign hoisted by one of many residents of Indiana who demonstrated against a bill signed just recently by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

    Clearly, Indian’s governor didn’t put much thought behind his pen in approving legislation whose repercussions have become a hot-button topic throughout the country. And, as of Friday, the ever-changing issue has Pence agreeing to sign a revised bill.
    Some background:

  • Editorial cartoon - April 6, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Products from an unproductive session

    It’s no secret that this year’s legislative session was pathetically unproductive; on the day of adjournment, lawmakers couldn’t even pass the capital outlay bill. But it was an Albuquerque Journal report by Dan Boyd that quantified it: Of 1,365 bills introduced, only 191 made it to the governor’s desk for signing.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 3, 2015

    THUMBS UP! STATE CHAMPS!
    Congratulations to Isabel Cavazos and her West Las Vegas cheer squad for bringing home a Class 4A state championship in the co-ed cheer category. Cavazos credited the championship to dedication and hard work of each team member and to outstanding teamwork in developing winning routines. It’s an amazing accomplishment, one that our entire community celebrates.

    THUMBS UP! SOUTHWEST CHIEF IS STICKING AROUND