Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Roundup - April 24, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press on the fight for a $15 minimum wage (April 16):

    Dream for a moment: You are in a minimum-wage job and someone decides to double your pay to $15 an hour.

    Now, if you previously had qualified yourself for only minimum-wage work, this is a genuine boon to you and your household. No matter what other income is available in the home, if you work 40 hours a week then you can expect a wage of $31,200 a year.

    This works out well for you. But what about everyone else?

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Remembering times with John Moore at Murphy’s

    My word picture column for today has a sad note to begin with. This large area of our beloved state has lost yet another of its many treasures with the passing of John Moore. I can’t remember when I first met him, but I’d have a pocket full of nickels if I had a one for every time he, plus the wonderful staff at Murphy’s Drug Store, on Sixth Street and Douglas in Las Vegas served me a cherry lime or a chocolate soda.

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 22, 2016
  • Thumbs April 22, 2016


  • Dispatch New Mexico- Pot on the ballot all over the place, but not in New Mexico

    Last week I wrote about how Gary Johnson, the probable Libertarian Party nominee for president, and how he has a shot, albeit a long one, at actually getting elected this time around. (You can read it at gazettemediaservices.com; click the Dispatch New Mexico link). I failed, however, to mention upon his advocacy for the legalization of marijuana, so let’s touch on that first.

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 20, 2016
  • Editorial: Officials must step up

    The resignation of West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez brings an end to an unfortunate chapter in the school district’s history.

    Benavidez had served on the board for more than a year, voting on contracts, policies and personnel matters. But it turns out that Benavidez wasn’t qualified to serve on the board due to a 2002 felony drug conviction.

    Under state law, a felon is not eligible to hold public office unless the individual has received a pardon or has had his or her political rights fully restored.

  • A work of Art: Can one be avauntular?

    Often I appreciate and therefore adopt new words. At a gathering where I ran into a niece, I heard her say, “You’re so avuncular.” The “ular” ending told me the word likely is an adjective, which it is. I’d heard and used the word before, and I’m glad of my specific relationship with Kathy: I’m her uncle, and to her, I’m avuncular, I suppose because I act like an uncle.