Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Call it ‘Puerto Caliente’

    Our bus driver-guide told us, “There are four seasons here: summer, summer, summer and summer.” And he was absolutely correct.

    He made that flippant remark as we rode high up into the mountains of Puerto Rico on Monday. I don’t know how many of the 60-plus passengers even caught the driver’s exaggeration, as many of us were nodding off in the heat and humidity in San Juan.

  • Vote ‘yes’ on amendment

    If there’s a downside to the constitutional amendment voters are being asked to decide in the Nov. 8 general election, we’re not seeing it.

    The measure calls for New Mexico’s constitution to be amended to give judges the ability to deny bail to a defendant awaiting trial in cases where the prosecution is able to convince a judge that the defendant poses a threat to the public.

    That change, in and of itself, makes the measure worthy of voter approval.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 30, 2016
  • Another Perspective: Bond C will help economy

    By Sam Minner

    When many people think about higher education, they think about their careers. Study after study has shown that a person with a college degree is likely to earn more money during their lifetime, unemployed less and contribute more to their local economies.

    But there is also a more immediate impact our colleges and universities have on New Mexico’s economy and employment: one in which New Mexico voters have a say.

  • Just a Thought: Being grateful in difficult times

    By Rick Kraft

    I often wonder why I have been born at this time in this country. Each day I have been given, I make every effort to live with an attitude of gratitude. I recognize that in the entire history of mankind, no one has ever had the modern conveniences that we take for granted on a daily basis today.

  • Proposed amendment would improve public safety

    By Susan Griffin

    It’s a straightforward question: should judges in New Mexico be required to release dangerous or repeat criminal defendants in jail on bail even when they believe these individuals pose a risk to the safety of others and to our communities?

    We, the Committee for Smarter Justice, believe they should not and that our state court judges should have the same authority that federal judges do to deny bail to dangerous defendants in appropriate cases.

  • Letters to the Editor - Oct. 30, 2016

    City portrayed unfairly
    There is no way I can remain silent about the recent article by the Albuquerque Journal and the harsh portrayal of boarding homes in Las Vegas and surrounding area.

    Having lived in Las Vegas all my life and volunteering as an ombudsman for the New Mexico State Agency on Aging for almost five years, I find it hard to learn that no state agency regulates boarding homes for recently released patients of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 26, 2016

    Las Vegas will be the site of the largest “O” gauge train set-up in the state, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel. The exhibit is part of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors’ fifth annual Fred Harvey celebration. Five train collectors, members of the Santa Fe Model Railroad Club, will combine their talents for a large working train in the Plaza’s ballroom.