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Today's Opinions

  • What gifts these mortals bring

    If you want to drive to Camp Luna to visit, we live on the northwest corner (almost). But if you’re a dog-dropper-off-er, we’ve moved to Honolulu.

    Let’s vary the statement somewhat: If you need us, we’ll be at home. It follows, then, that if you don’t need us, we’re elsewhere.

    We covered this iffy kind of conditional mood a couple of columns back, implying that people’s intentions determine the physical location or even the name of the other person.

    Let me explain:

  • The Taliban's comeback

    Here comes troubling news out of Afghanistan: Taliban militants are fighting to control several villages in the southern part of the nation so they can put themselves in a position to take back the city of Kandahar, their former spiritual home.

  • Undercounts impact funding

    SANTA FE — The 2010 U.S. Census badly undercounted New Mexico’s population, according to a recent study released by New Mexico Voices for Children.

    An undercount of almost 36,000 individuals shortchanged New Mexico by $110 million in funds for eight federal programs. Of those individuals, over 30 percent were children.

    The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a professional consulting firm, noted that the undercount for Hispanics and Native Americans was higher than for the overall population.

  • Execution took on a personal meaning

    I am an optimist, or so I would like to think. I would like to go on thinking that this country has made real progress in defending human rights during my life time.

  • Fiestas need financial help

    With Fiestas de Las Vegas fast approaching, it’s worth mentioning that this will be the 120th year. But even with such notable longevity, it’s getting more and more difficult for the Las Vegas Fiesta Council to make ends meet. The community needs to step up more to support this invaluable cultural event.

  • McCain has a chance

    It could hardly get worse for Republicans. With President Bush in the White House, his party will suffer as the result of an unpopular war in Iraq and a declining economy at home.

    Still, Sen. John McCain of Arizona could prevail as the GOP’s standard bearer this year. He’s a maverick that could win swing voters in battleground states such as New Mexico.

  • An independents' year

    SANTA FE Might this be a year when independents determine the outcome of some of our top federal races? It could happen.

    Whenever there are open federal seats, independent and third-party candidates come out of the woodwork. This year, in addition to having four congressional vacancies in New Mexico, there also is no incumbent president.

    At the presidential level , expect to see more than two candidates on your ballot next November. Along with the usual selection of anonymous lightweights will be a couple of candidates approaching the middleweight class.

  • Keep debate on the war

    Since World War II, most of our major party presidential candidates have served in the military. That changed when Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992. He was able to avoid serving during the height of the Vietnam War by getting college deferments.