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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - May 22, 2016

    Get out of the way of emergency vehicles

    I’m not sure if it is a local custom, literally just sheer ignorance or just absolute selfishness, but come on people!

    Today I stopped at the end of my road, at 518 and waited for a caravan of vehicles to pass, before then checking to my right again. I immediately noted a state police vehicle coming southbound with lights on.

    I waited and then pulled out after the state vehicle. I was able to follow at about 60 mph and watch the disgusting show ahead.

  • Just a Thought: It was not supposed to happen this way

    God takes a loved one away before their time. A young person chooses to get hooked on drugs. Your employer sells his business and leaves you jobless. Your spouse has an affair. The stock market crashes.

    What now? You might look up to make sure a piano isn’t about to fall on your head. At times like this you are walking a valley and it seems there is no way out.

    It’s not in the script. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. But it has.

  • Another Perspective: Treatment courts now the foundation of reform

    This May, drug courts and other treatment courts throughout New Mexico are joining over 2,900 such courts nationwide in celebrating National Drug Court Month. By May 31, thousands of individuals who entered the criminal justice system addicted to drugs and facing incarceration will receive lifesaving treatment and the chance to repair their lives, reconnect with their families and find long-term recovery.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 22, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Greeley Tribune on the state Supreme Court’s decision on fracking (May 9):
    Last week, the Colorado Supreme Court weighed in on one of Colorado’s most contentious and long-running questions. Do local governments have the right to ban oil and gas drilling?

    Anyone who’s spent much time in Greeley could have predicted the answer. No, the court said, communities such as Fort Collins and Longmont cannot ban or indefinitely delay drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Praising works of Tony, Anne Hillerman

    Oh, what fun it is to hear from my readers! I just received a beautiful photograph of Edith and John Moore from a reader who thought I’d appreciate it. Do I ever, thank you! And a couple of weeks ago long time friends dropped by for a visit and left a book with me to read. We share the love of well written fiction, who-done-its written, situation in New Mexico.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 20, 2016
  • Thumbs May 20, 2016

    ARCHDIOCESE FACING MORE LAWSUITS
    When will it end? Three more child sex abuse lawsuits were filed last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, including one that alleges that a monsignor who previously worked at Immaculate Conception Parish in Las Vegas sexually abused and raped a 6-year-old girl. The three new cases are in addition to 59 other lawsuits filed against the archdiocese by the same law firm in recent years. The lawsuits allege that the abuse occurred decades ago and that the victims only recently began to process what happened to them.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Unconventional advice for this year’s graduates

    It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and the families they’re making proud.

    Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. Anyone who thinks a diploma or degree is a ticket to success is sadly mistaken. It’s just a ticket to ride; you still have to get there on your own.