Today's Opinions

  • It takes so little to be ‘above average’

    You know good customer service when you see it. I know you do. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a person with education degrees or years of experience to figure this one out.

    You are qualified — right now — to determine the level of customer service.

    There are places you exit from and you say to yourself, “Boy, they did a good job of serving me.” It may be a restaurant, a store, or another business, but when you leave you may feel like you were a very important person or that your presence really didn’t matter.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, September 9, 2018

    Truly a statesman
    Watching what is now 10 days of tributes to Senator John McCain by the leading citizens of the world from all walks of life, I have wondered what I, with my tiny voice, might add.

    I am what most people of the Republican persuasion would call a “flaming liberal,” which, by the way, I consider an honor. Nevertheless, I had a deep respect for McCain for all the reasons expressed so eloquently since his passing.

  • To improve our schools, spend more in classroom

    While the recent Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico decision has understandably received intense interest for its landmark ruling that New Mexico’s public schools are not adequately funded, there has been less attention on another, equally important aspect of the ruling.

    That aspect is the finding that more money will only make a difference for students if it is spent in the classroom. 

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Straight-party voting stirs up partisanship

    If ever there were an election-year cycle tailor-made for the Democrats in New Mexico, it would be this year.

    The Dems have an excellent shot at taking back the governor’s seat and a decent chance to steal away New Mexico’s only Republican-held congressional seat. Moreover, it’s likely the Dems will retain their majorities in both the state House and Senate and could potentially win every statewide position on the ballot this year.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, September 7, 2018

    After the City of Las Vegas’ Code Enforcement Division received complaints about overgrown shrubbery and trash in the yard of a home located on the southwest corner of Sapello and Chavez streets, Levy (he pronounces his name “LEE-vigh) Lujan took action. After making considerable progress outside the structure, a social media video showed how much the corner benefitted from the clean-up.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Dead Sea Scrolls fascinate

    Several decades ago, I met a neighbor, a slightly older man, who had studied to become a Trappist monk and spent years  in study, prayer, fasting and living the simple life.

    My friend, Frank, left the monastery after a few years, deciding it wasn’t the life for him, but I was intrigued, nevertheless.

    As I look back, I wonder whether I would have lasted as a Trappist. At the time, in my early teens, I considered life as a monk. To me, monks were men who contemplated, followed  scholarly pursuits, prayed and sought union with God.