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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The sentiment behind Thanksgiving

    Let’s face it: Thanksgiving traditions are based on an incomplete memory. Maybe the Puritans sat down and ate with Native Americans a time or two, but they actually brought more death and destruction to the tribes they encountered than they did turkey and dressing.

    But it’s the sentiment, not its historic significance, that makes Thanksgiving special. I think most Americans are both believers and optimists, so taking time to give thanks is simply part of our better nature.

  • Sticker shock

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center pool area has been offline since early May, when fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof.

    Six months later, consultants hired by the city to look at the building are estimating that it will cost about $3.3 million to repair the roof and to take care of the other deficiencies discovered in the building.

    We’ll be the first to admit that the $3.3 million figure was shockingly high, and we wonder how the city is going to come up with that funding.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 19, 2014
  • Work of Art: Assembly line works well

    “Please! Don’t recite any recipes. I beg of you.” And with that surprisingly authoritarian tone, I explained that all I had done was compliment the chef over the meal my wife and I had been invited to.

    Any comment about the food during the meal often leads to a detailed recipetation of each step, as if we were taking notes.

  • A job well done

    San Miguel County reached a milestone last week with the adoption of one of the strictest oil and gas drilling regulatory ordinances in the nation.

    It goes without saying that the ordinance isn’t making everyone happy. Those who are pro-drilling argue that it creates so many barriers to oil and gas exploration that it’s going to keep the industry out of San Miguel County. Many local environmental activists have argued that approving anything short of a ban puts the county at risk.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 17, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - With elections over, it’s time to govern

    Now that all the noise of the election is over, can we turn our attention back to governing?

    We’ll soon see how Susana Martinez intends to run things in her second term. She certainly has a different dynamic going for her legislatively, now that the House is under the control of her very own Republican Party. But since the Democrats still have the Senate, getting actual legislation passed and onto the governor’s desk for signing will continue to be a formidable challenge.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 14, 2014

    A GREAT SEASON
    The Robertson girls’ soccer team, best known as the “Beastie Girls,” had a phenomenal season that ended last week with a 3-0 loss to St. Michael’s. We would have loved to see the team play in the state championship, but what they accomplished this season was incredible, and we are already looking forward to next season.

    GAS PRICES IN LAS VEGAS