Today's Opinions

  • Straight from the City: Working together to heal the Gallinas River

    What if I told you that there was a water storage and treatment system up in the Gallinas canyon? What if I told you it uses green technology to purify our water with zero consumption of fossil fuels?

    Such a treatment plant does exist. It’s called a healthy, natural river and its floodplain.

    All you have to do to recognize the treatment plant is to change your mental focus a little.

    Riffles in the stream? They’re aerators.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 18, 2016
  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 16, 2016
  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 16, 2016


  • Letter to the Editor - Dec. 16, 2016

    Donald Trump and conflicts of interest

    Donald Trump’s quote about the President’s exemption from conflict of interest regulations is an interesting interpretation. 

    But his emphasis is wrong.

    Mr. Trump says the President can’t have a conflict of interest – meaning nothing the President does is a conflict of interest.

    We mere mortals say the President can’t have a conflict of interest­ – meaning that the President must not have a conflict of interest.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Stories in small town newspapers say a lot

    Every weekend, I (or a proxy, if I want the weekend off) go through well over a dozen New Mexico newspapers and their websites in search of compelling stories to send out to subscribers of the Community News Exchange. This weekly column is part of this weekly news-sharing service.

    Sometimes I’m inspired to write this column about one of the stories I read; other times I’ve got something else on my mind. This week, I’ve been inspired by three local stories in particular:

  • Efficiency is a necessity

    With the declining population in Las Vegas and in rural communities throughout the state, it’s not surprising that Las Vegas City Schools is beginning the difficult task of figuring out which schools to shutter.

    Already, it appear that Paul D. Henry Elementary is being eyed for closure, and other schools may not be far behind.

    In its 50-plus years, Paul D. Henry has served generations of students, and we’re saddened by the prospect that the school — which ranks among the district’s best — may be closed.

  • Work of Art: A recipe for fighters

    I didn’t even recognize an old classmate as he rode his bike downtown and called me “Mannie,” which immediately told me I’ve known him since childhood.

    I believe his name is Leo. He told me that though he’d been reading Work of Art for years, he’d never made the connection. Leo said he especially liked “those articles about the fights we all used to have.”