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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 6, 2015

    Enforce cell phone law
    As a long-time resident of Seventh Street, who walks and drives that street often, I see at least five or 10 people daily texting or dialing on their cell phones, headed for an intersection, other cars or pedestrians. An officer in a patrol car presumably sees many, many more than I do. I am amazed that we have not read by now of a person or a family killed or seriously injured, and when we do, I’m sure we’ll see letters about leniency since “everyone does it.”

  • Vaccinations are critical

    New Mexico Health Department officials are sounding the alarm about children in this state who aren’t vaccinated and who, as a result, are vulnerable to things like measles.

    Prompting the concern is the measles outbreak that is believed to have started in Disneyland last year and that has been confirmed in every state bordering New Mexico.

    State law mandates that children receive the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine before they enroll in school.

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 4, 2015
  • Work of Art: ‘They saw a game’

    “Perception. What did we see? What did we really see? And what did we want to see?

    A number of columns ago, I wrote about a particularly bloody college football game between two Big 10 teams, a fierce, decades-long rivalry. The winning team lost two quarterbacks to injuries; the losing team lost with its second-string signal-caller at the controls.

  • Thank you, Mr. Balderas

    Kudos to Attorney General Hector Balderas for finally making the Behavioral Health Provider Audit’s Final Report public, something his predecessor refused to do.

    We’re also glad that Balderas, who took over as attorney general just one month ago, is acknowledging that the manner in which the state has handled these allegations was flawed and that improvements have to be made to ensure services that citizens depend on are not disrupted.

  • Editorial cartoons - Feb. 2, 2015
  • Editorial cartoons - Feb. 2, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - The economic state of the state, nation

    Remember the sign that James Carville, then a strategist for Bill Clinton in his 1992 run for the presidency, put up at campaign headquarters? “It’s the economy, stupid” was the simple message he posted, so campaign workers would stay on message — and, indeed, they did.