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Today's Opinions

  • Three months into newspaper ownership

    Three months ago, I bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator. I knew, or should have known, what I was getting into.

    It’s a different experience, owning the whole outfit. For about 10 years, I ran newspapers for a big corporate owner, so I already had a pretty good idea what it takes to run a paper. But being the bona-fide, local owner is a whole other experience, as the almighty buck is now permanently affixed to my desk, which I bought along with the paper.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 9, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 9, 2018.

  • We kind of like to help people

    “Gee, Dad, I wonder if maybe I could kind of like borrow the car tonight. Some of the guys are planning an all-night study session for finals.”

    That sounds and reads like a timid request for access to the wheels. It’s kind of like the request some pimple-faced teen might make.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

     Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

  • The ‘N’ in NRA sure doesn’t stand for ‘New Mexico’

    There seem to be two main parts to the National Rifle Association: the rank and file, who are enthusiasts and enjoy hunting and other responsible ways of owning and using firearms, and the elite leadership of the organization, which enjoys politicking and making profitable, passionate speeches.

    That elite class of NRA leadership doesn’t serve its membership well — least of all, gun owners in rural northern New Mexico.

  • The work done by EPA, NMED is essential

    By Rock G. Ulibarri

    New rollbacks of state and federal environmental regulations pose significant threats to New Mexicans’ public health and economy, including our clean water.

    These new risks come at a time when dollars and staff for the federal Environmental Protection Agency are falling and when the dollars for New Mexico’s Environment Department have been slashed.

  • Yes, the legislature’s retirement plan is unique

    I want to take a moment to clear up a few issues concerning New Mexico’s legislative retirement plan. Our retirement plan is unique because New Mexico is unique.

    We are a citizen legislature — the only one in the nation that does not pay members some kind of salary.

    New Mexico legislators spend days and weeks away from their families, loved ones and jobs during legislative sessions and during the interim.

  • Reliving a first job — four decades later

    A lot can change in 43 years. Doors I walked out of when I was sixteen looking forward to a full life ahead I walked back into for the first time again at 59 looking backwards at a long life behind me.

    Do you remember your first real job? I say “real” job because I am not talking about when you were 13, mowing yards or babysitting for a family friend. I am talking about working for an hourly rate where you have to keep records on your time maybe even by “punching a time clock.”