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Today's Opinions

  • Enough with the motions, already

    When San Miguel County Commissioner Rock G. Ulibarri filed a District Court motion earlier this month in order to get a resolution on the Commission’s agenda, he helped contribute to two growing problems in the county, in New Mexico, and, really, across the U.S.

  • Celebrate Earth Day in Las Vegas

    On April 14, during the Seed Exchange at Luna, Miguel Angel asked if we would like to see plastic bags outlawed in Las Vegas. Not even half the audience raised hands. 

    Is this one more example of not wanting to be like Santa Fe? I hope not.

  • I wish I could just do it all over again

    By Rick Kraft

    Two things I know. Today is the youngest you will ever be for the rest of your life. When the sun rises tomorrow you will be another day older.

    As you live your life day to day, it is my hope and prayer that you don’t live your life with regrets. There are two dimensions of this prayer for you. One involves dealing with events that have happened in your past and the other is avoiding events that could occur in your future.

  • The time for courage to change is now

    From time to time, as I travel around my district and to other areas of the state, I hear criticism that the Legislature has not done enough to solve one problem or another. Take your pick: our economy, capital outlay, education, crime. The list goes on.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, April 21, 2018

    No confidence

    I want to have on public record a vote of no confidence in San Miguel County Manager Vidal Martinez by the people of the county.

    We have witnessed, and have evidence of, several violations of the Open Meetings Act, overstepping his authority in relation to elected and appointed commissioners making decisions contrary to unanimous County Commission resolutions, exhibiting non-transparency, favoritism and ignoring the voices of the county.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 27, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 27, 2018.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 20, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: COMMUNICATE, DON’T REPLICATE
    Three wonderful, important, family-oriented cultural opportunities are all scheduled to happen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  They all deserve a thumb UP, but the fact that they are scheduled at the same time — more or less — on the same day, drives some folks crazy.

  • Enveloped by drought and short-sightedness

    Oh, what a difference a year makes.

    Last year, the U.S. Drought Monitor map showed about half of New Mexico was in an “abnormally dry” condition, with only a tiny portion in the northeastern corner of the state actuall suffering from “moderate drought.”

    Now, that little corner of the state is suffering from “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions while most of the rest of the state is now in “severe” or “extreme” drought.