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Editorials

  • Please vote on Tuesday

    Think of the people in your life who tell you that they don’t vote; that votes don’t matter, every election is pre-determined, folks behind  the scenes have arranged it all.

    Notice how often crucial elections are decided by a handful of votes. “I didn’t make it to the polls this time” is a common excuse people give for staying away from the voting booth.

  • A trade war will hurt San Miguel County

    In any kind of all-out military war, the U.S. can probably beat anyone on earth. In a trade war, however, the U.S. doesn’t hold such a strong advantage.

    San Miguel and Mora counties, and New Mexico in general, will be long-term losers if the apparently forming trade war with China and other nations continues to materialize.

  • Let’s not have fully-automatic nominees

    Since there’s been so much talk about fully automatic and semi-automatic weapons lately, we should spend some time discussing one of the most deadly weapons of all — in terms of killing strong candidates and bold new ideas.
    If we learned nothing else from the 2016 elections, it’s that presumptive nominees and presumptive race winners are a poisonous concept — from the U.S. presidency to local water and school boards.

  • Why make such hay of sports?

    Why make such a big deal out of a high school varsity team winning a state championship?

    Is it because with all the fear, doubt and despair in the world at any given moment, we cling to the achievements on a court or field, which cannot be disputed?

    Or is a respite from “adulting” that allows us to rejoice in the calm and peace that comes from watching young people running and competing, and, for the most part, having a great time?

  • #meToo: Men can just listen

    In 2003, filmmaker Michael Moore spoke to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd, mostly University of New Mexico students, at Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall. He took some questions, including one about abortion.

    Moore opined that he regularly “exercises his right shut the (expletive) up,” and lets women make their own decisions about their bodies and physical and mental health.

    There are plenty of helpful tasks men can complete to help further the“#MeToo” movement. One of those tasks is to be quiet and listen.

  • 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.

  • Picking from two extremes

    A recent political cartoon, published in New Mexico’s largest newspaper, seems to have stirred up more discussion, fallout and venom than nearly all the cartoons published during the unprecedentedly brutal 2016 election cycle.

  • Councilor should resign, educate

    We’ve all heard some type of drunk-driving statistics, and most of us have been affected by a crash and/or case involving someone we know. We blame politicians, parents poverty, and lack of substance-abuse resources — but we only seem to make it a big deal for short periods, after it comes up in a visible way.

    Las Vegas City Councilor David A. Ulibarri Jr. has a chance to make it a big deal — in perhaps a positive way.

  • Parents, we get it — it’s scary

    News about the extent of Michigan gymnastic coach’s abuse, during his recent trial and sentencing hearings, is undoubtedly going to fuel the already high level of vigilance many parents have toward social activities and which adults are engaging or communicating with their children.

    We get it. And, in most cases, parents will have very solid reasons for going perhaps much further in the direction of caution than most of us, including other parents, anticipated.

  • Voting always matters

    Some Americans tell journalists and fellow citizens that our votes don’t matter, that our capitals and our leaders are bought and paid for. However, there are a lot of reasons to vote in all U.S. elections.
    Voting isn’t for everyone; just those of us who want to help preserve democracy for future generations, and take advantage of an opportunity protected for them by the sacrifice of millions over the past few centuries.