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Today's Opinions

  • Tax hike a bad idea

    San Miguel County commissioners will decide on Monday whether to hike gross receipts taxes throughout the county by a quarter cent.

    The increase would generate about $880,000 in new revenue for the county and cost everyone buying goods and services here an extra 25 cents on a $100 purchase.

    We’re sympathetic to the economic realities that San Miguel County is facing. But trying to balance the county’s books on the backs of San Miguel County residents who can least afford it is not the answer.

  • Work of Art: Having pie on Pi Day

    My friend, Bruce Wertz, often reminds me of the Frank Sinatra song (or movie), “A pocketful of miracles,” but in Bruce’s case it’s “A pocketful of trivia.”

    Yes, after church, during treat time, he’ll hand me a soon-to-be raisin and ask why John Steinbeck would have anything to do with it. Before I attempt an answer, he blurts out, “It’s a Grape of Wrath.”

  • Petty politics prevails

    The demise of a nearly $270 million capital outlay package in the state Legislature on Saturday is a shameful example of the Washington-style politics that has overtaken the Roundhouse.

    It is also an example of the failed leadership of Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen and Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, both Democrats; House Speaker Don Tripp and House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, both Republicans, and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 23, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Revitalizing small towns requires change

    There’s a man running around the county talking about small towns and whether or not they have a future. Earlier this month, he visited Raton.

    Given the topic, I’ll bet he gets a lot of speaking engagements. Raton is just one of thousands of small towns that are struggling, as urbanization builds up the cities and decimates rural communities everywhere.

    His name is David J. Ivan, he hails from Michigan and he’s been studying the plight of small towns for years now.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 20, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN AMAZING RUN
    They may not have come home with a state title, but the West Las Vegas Dons have nothing to be embarrassed about. The Dons played well in the state championship game on Saturday, at one point coming within five points of Hope Christian, which won its third consecutive state title. The Dons had an incredible season under head basketball coach David Bustos, finishing their season with 24 wins and just six losses. This is the first time the Dons have made it to the state title game since 2008.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 20, 2015
  • Another perspective - Sunshine lights the way for good government

    By Gregory P. Williams

    Sunshine Week is March 15-21, 2015. This national initiative is designed to bring better awareness to the importance of open government. Here at home, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government  is also celebrating its 25th anniversary as the only organization in our state solely dedicated to protecting your right to know. Our mission is to make sure that our public officials comply with our state’s sunshine laws ­— the Inspection of Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act.