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Today's Opinions

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Gov. Martinez appears to be hitting her stride

    Earlier this year I wrote about Gov. Susana Martinez’s tenuous legacy, saying that, after a little more than four years in office, she has little of consequence to tout as a lasting accomplishment.

    Now, I’m thinking she may have found it in tourism.

    And that’s not all I’ve noticed. She may also be hitting her stride politically, and (maybe, just maybe) with the media.

  • Iran deal a significant step

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was originally published in that newspaper last week.

    The historic agreement between Iran and six nations led by the United States, announced by President Barack Obama early Tuesday morning, sets the stage for containing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran for more than a decade.

  • Just a Thought - What is your ‘coachability’ score?

    By Rick Kraft

    Are you coachable? Do you take instruction well? Do you listen to advice from others?

    Are you the smartest person who ever lived? Maybe a better question is, “Are you the smartest person you know?” If so, why would you need to listen to anyone else? If not, why wouldn’t you listen to others?

  • Letters to the Editor - July 17, 2015

    Trump’s comments outrageous
    I may be technically an “Anglo” or “gringo” in New Mexico, but my people, the Jews,  were murdered by the millions during World War II — and before — for being “outsiders.” Whatever our religion and ethnicity, almost all of our ancestors have been demonized and murdered at various times in history, when it suited the demagogues in power to do so.

  • Investing in our future

    Emerging research suggests that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life. That research reinforces the importance of home visits to at-risk families and early-childhood programs, particularly in states like New Mexico that have long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom.

    That’s why last week’s announcement that the West Las Vegas Head Start program had been awarded an $8.2 million grant to expand its existing program is so important to our community.

  • Editorial cartoon - July 15, 2015
  • Work of Art: Repeating the same errors

    Don’t be surprised to discover that I’ve used this statement in several past columns: It’s a miracle that anyone learns English. I’m instantly reminded of the song Professor Henry Higgins blurts out early in the movie and play, “My Fair Lady.”

    The professor, a dialectician and grammarian, sings “Why Can’t the English Teach Their Children How to Speak?” as he laments Eliza Doolittle’s use of “aawww” and “gawwn,” a form of Cockney-speak people of that time and place had grown accustomed to.

  • Editorial cartoon - July 13, 2015