Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective: Bond C will help economy

    By Sam Minner

    When many people think about higher education, they think about their careers. Study after study has shown that a person with a college degree is likely to earn more money during their lifetime, unemployed less and contribute more to their local economies.

    But there is also a more immediate impact our colleges and universities have on New Mexico’s economy and employment: one in which New Mexico voters have a say.

  • Just a Thought: Being grateful in difficult times

    By Rick Kraft

    I often wonder why I have been born at this time in this country. Each day I have been given, I make every effort to live with an attitude of gratitude. I recognize that in the entire history of mankind, no one has ever had the modern conveniences that we take for granted on a daily basis today.

  • Proposed amendment would improve public safety

    By Susan Griffin

    It’s a straightforward question: should judges in New Mexico be required to release dangerous or repeat criminal defendants in jail on bail even when they believe these individuals pose a risk to the safety of others and to our communities?

    We, the Committee for Smarter Justice, believe they should not and that our state court judges should have the same authority that federal judges do to deny bail to dangerous defendants in appropriate cases.

  • Letters to the Editor - Oct. 30, 2016

    City portrayed unfairly
    There is no way I can remain silent about the recent article by the Albuquerque Journal and the harsh portrayal of boarding homes in Las Vegas and surrounding area.

    Having lived in Las Vegas all my life and volunteering as an ombudsman for the New Mexico State Agency on Aging for almost five years, I find it hard to learn that no state agency regulates boarding homes for recently released patients of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 26, 2016

    Las Vegas will be the site of the largest “O” gauge train set-up in the state, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel. The exhibit is part of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors’ fifth annual Fred Harvey celebration. Five train collectors, members of the Santa Fe Model Railroad Club, will combine their talents for a large working train in the Plaza’s ballroom.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 28, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Southeast NM and this year’s election tumult

    ROSWELL — The Republican Party rules the roost here in southeastern New Mexico. Donald Trump for president, Steve Pearce for Congress, Nora Espinoza for Secretary of State — these are the front-running candidacies in this corner of the state, along with the many other district and local races also on this year’s ballots. Expect Republicans to win big down here, as they always do.

  • Vote yes on GO bonds

    There’s a great deal at stake during the Nov. 8 General Election, and we’re not just referring to the races for president, secretary of state and local legislative and congressional seats.

    New Mexico voters will also decide the fate of four general obligation bonds, one for senior citizen centers, one for libraries, one for higher education institutions across the state and another for public safety projects.