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Today's Opinions

  • Richie Cole helps launch Las Vegas ‘music ops’

    Get out your dancing shoes and your swing skirt. Richie Cole is heading back to Las Vegas. A year ago, he and his Alto Madness Band played to a sold-out crowd.

    As Bill Anderle testified, “There was a lilt in the audience. We were all transported into a joyful event which swept away the trials and tribulations of the last couple of months.”

    Local artist, photographer and sax player Bob Henssler was sure he’d heard Cole before. In the late 1960’s when Bob was in the Marines, he would head to the Boston USO when he was at liberty.

  • Rules for retirement

    Our area’s oldest and longest-term residents have earned our respect and our admiration. They have the life experience, often specific career-field skills and, often, a working knowledge of their community and its history.

    We appreciate their contributions and rely on their leadership and passing along lessons — both positive examples and stories of mistakes to avoid repeating.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, June 10, 2018

    Be Libertarian
    I was so pleased to be able to vote Libertarian — with an official ballot!

    There are more than 8,000 registered Libertarians in New Mexico; the party has certainly grown since I ran for Congress in 1984, against Bill Richardson. In addition to Bob Walsh, candidate for governor, there are 12 other names on the Libertarian ballot.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 10, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 10, 2018.

  • A snapshot of D.C. while touring with family

    I’m not sure how Tuesday’s primary elections turned out because I’m writing this the weekend before, so why don’t I tell you about my recent vacation to the nation’s capital?

    OK, now that I’ve lost half my audience, I’ll write for the families out there, including my own, who tend to tolerate self-indulgence more than your average newspaper reader is willing to put up with.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 8, 2018

    THUMBS UP: MR. HOUDEK’S OPUS

    If Jeff Houdek had decided not to speak at Robertson High School’s recent graduation ceremony — the first to take place since the tragic passing of his wife — we all would have completely supported his choice. We also support his courage to speak, and it reminded us how important it is to work together.

    Lacy Houdek was the medical care provider of choice for the editor of this newspaper as well as many, many others in the community. She reminded us preventive care is a group effort.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 8, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 8, 2018.

  • Ditching with impunity

    Maybe it’s my longing for moisture amid dire drought conditions for the long term. Maybe it’s simply that the smattering of tiny raindrops a few days ago made me yearn for the rainier seasons.

    But here it is: June, and that makes me wonder why Mother Nature failed to bring February bowers, April showers or May flowers.
    Even the March winds, virtually guaranteed each year,  let us down.

    We can store much of the recent moisture in a thimble. I admit, however, that Sunday’s rainfall was welcome.