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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 17, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! TWO U.S. NURSES INFECTED WITH EBOLA
    Two Texas health care workers tested positive for Ebola, and now public health officials are trying to figure out how they got it, given that they wore full protective gear while caring for an Ebola patient who later died. This is a frightening development, one that has the head of the Centers for Disease Control saying we need to rethink how we provide care. The World Health Organization is calling the outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

    THUMBS UP! BLUE RIBBON

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 17, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Eugenio Romero wins, East bolts

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The stage was set for the momentous election to choose the first mayor of the combined city of east and west Las Vegas. It was July 18, 1882, and the racially charged contest was an obvious and heated struggle between Hispanics in Old Town, and Anglos in New Town, whose population in just three years equaled or exceeded that of the west side.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 17, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Wall Street Journal on ISIS (Oct. 8):
    A month ago President Obama ordered the world’s greatest military “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. America’s word isn’t what it used to be. As we went to press on Tuesday, ISIS was on the verge of a major military victory in Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city along Syria’s border with Turkey.

  • Letters to the Editor - Oct. 17, 2014

    Chains not answer for local economy
    Our local misleadership has crossed another Rubicon, their “economic development” efforts having advanced from the merely ineffective to the actively pernicious.
    Our city just gave $50,000 to a Fort Worth consulting firm in return for inviting a host of chain businesses and franchises into our community? That is conclusive proof that our city’s leaders have absolutely no clue about what makes local economies flourish or fail.

  • HU faculty deserve a say

    We haven’t always agreed with New Mexico Highlands University President Jim Fries. The move in recent years to institute double-digit tuition increases for the sake of not having the lowest tuition in the region never sit well with us.

    And it goes without saying that there is room for improvement at Highlands, especially when it comes to things like growing main campus enrollment and the delay in finding deans for the School of Education, School of Social Work and the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 15, 2014
  • Work of Art — Can’t do without it

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Or is it the other way around? Doesn’t it happen that a new gadget we’d never dreamed of suddenly becomes a necessity we can’t be without?

    Let me explain:

    Not a tekkie by any means, I nevertheless felt stranded, branded, abandoned and empty-handed by the cell phone I forgot to take to my meeting Monday morning. And as evidence of my non-tekkieness, I didn’t join the gadget generation until later in the game. We didn’t get our cell phone until eight years ago.