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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Regulating the oil and gas industry

    Regulating oil and gas drilling in the state has taken some interesting turns of late, and very different directions.

    Over the past few months, two developments in northern New Mexico occurred that could actually shift the approach local governments take in regulating the industry. The infamous Mora County ban on drilling, via its misguided “community rights” ordinance, was recently struck down as unconstitutional, while next door in San Miguel County, a different kind of ordinance took root in November, to the consternation of the oil and gas industry.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 27, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN AMAZING SEASON
    Congratulations to the Robertson High School wrestling team and to coach Richard Martinez for bringing home yet another team state championship this past weekend. The team’s hard work and discipline was obvious throughout the season. And a special shout out to Richard “Rico” Montoya who is ending his high school career as a five-time state champ. What this group of kids has accomplished is impressive. It’s a fitting way for Martinez to end his long stint as Robertson’s wrestling coach.

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 27, 2015
  • Infectious optimism in Vegas

    By Joseph W. McCaffrey

    For the Optic

    I can feel a new spirit of optimism in Las Vegas. This infectious optimism was written about in a recent New Mexico Magazine article by Kate Nelson [New Mexico Magazine, July 2014, 36-42].

    What are the sources of this new optimism?

  • Time to end failed policy of social promotion

    By Nora Espinoza

    Recently, the Las Vegas Optic published an opinion from Art Trujillo. I completely disagree with him. We must stop passing students who can’t read.

    Knowing how to read is one of the most important life skills you could ever learn. When you know how to read, knowledge is at your fingertips and nothing is far from reach.

    Unfortunately for New Mexico, too many of our children are unable to read proficiently. Yet, year after year we pass them onto the next grade without blinking an eye.

  • NM needs jobs, highway repairs, but not more debt

    By John Arthur Smith

    New Mexico needs more jobs, and we need them now. That is what we hear from folks in the cafes and diners in Deming and across our state.

    It was confirmed in a recent study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research: We are ranked one of the worst in the nation when it comes to economic and job growth – 48th of 50 states. That is a tough situation for families.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 27, 2015

    Living wage is right thing to do
    Kudos to city councilman Joey Herrera for proposing a Las Vegas living wage ordinance.
    And shame on city councilman Vincent Howell for his obstructionism.
    Howell didn’t think twice about voting to approve a five-figure raise for Tim Dodge, but has major reservations over raising the pay of Las Vegas’ working poor above $7.50 an hour. It speaks volumes about his values, and why he should be a one-term councilman.

  • Minimum wage hike overdue

    An individual who has a minimum wage job in this state and puts in 40 hours a week will earn $15,600 before taxes a year. Minimum wage workers who put in 20 hours a week make $7,800 a year.

    For a high school student who merely wants a little spending money, $7.50 an hour might be OK. For someone who is using a minimum wage job to put food on the table and pay for rent and utilities, it’s pretty clear that $7.50 an hour won’t go very far.