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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - The extraordinary Romero Brothers

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    In the first years of his freighting business, Miguel Romero and his five sons, and other family members, made the long journeys on the Santa Fe Trail themselves, from Las Vegas to St. Louis, Missouri and the great Mississippi River. Within a short time, however, Don Miguel was able to hire and provide for the many teamsters who would drive his wagons and caravans along the Trail, a journey of two months, as described in our previous column.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 20, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times on homeless veterans (June 17):
    Fixing the problem of homeless veterans — actually of all homelessness — is much harder than it sounds. Even with sufficient resources, homelessness is problem that keeps coming back if we lose focus. And we have.
    Still, in recent weeks we’ve made plans for a new day with a new group of disillusioned, disaffected people — especially the veterans among them.

  • Letters to the Editor - June 20, 2014

    No room at the education table
    As you read this letter, please keep in mind that the author is a 40-plus years-educator veteran with three degrees in education, 22 years as a classroom teacher (last stint was four years ago), 15 years as a teacher educator, and two years as a consultant for a national company.

  • Fire danger remains high

    There’s no question that the recent rainfall in this area has been a blessing and that we’re heading into summer better off than we usually do.

    But along with the rainfall, we’ve had hot days and strong winds, and that means much of the moisture we’ve had has been sucked out of the ground.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 18, 2014
  • Work of Art: ‘That’s nicht German’

    We read often about the disappearances of languages. Bill Bryson, the author of “The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way,” estimates that currently, there are 2,700 languages; throughout history, many have died; perhaps there have been more language deaths than there are currently extant languages.

  • Flavored tobacco

    There has been a steady outcry against the sale of flavored tobacco products in recent months, and the backlash is well deserved.

    The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned flavors in cigarettes because of the product’s appeal to youth.

    But the ban doesn’t currently apply to other flavored tobacco products, like cigars. The Food and Drug Administration, however, is proposing new rules that would give it authority over cigars, e-cigarettes and pipe tobacco.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 16, 2014