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    The Marietta Times of Ohio on the Zika virus (Aug. 5):
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus this week.
    CDC officials’ warning was bad enough, to be sure. The agency said an outbreak of 14 cases of Zika in Miami’s Wynwood district was the reason for its advisory. Zika can cause birth defects.

  • Editor’s note: The following editorial on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump is from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and was first published in that Wisconsin newspaper on Aug. 2.

    This is what political courage looks like: U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican from New York, told Syracuse.com Tuesday that he would not vote for Donald Trump for president. He will vote for Hillary Clinton.
    Trump, he said, is a “national embarrassment.”

    Take note, Paul Ryan.

  • Okay, I admit it, I am getting old. But I do find that the definition of “old” changes as the years roll by. An AARP magazine reported that age when a person is considered “old” gets higher the older the person is whom you ask. In other words, a 20-year-old defines “old” at a younger age than a 60-year-old does.

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    Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star (May 20):

    Cool the transgender fight.

    On the spectrum of human sexuality, transgender kids are probably the smallest, most vulnerable minority.
    It’s sad to see that they have become ground zero in the nation’s ongoing culture war.

  • The school year is almost at an end, giving us in the community the opportunity to reflect on the state of education here in Las Vegas. The crucial need to help our children improve their level of academic understanding, as the key to our future, has been thoroughly noted in letters to the editor and articles in the newspapers. What can we do to make sure the children and young people of Las Vegas find success in our schools?

  • ve never driven through the oil patch of southeastern New Mexico, I recommend you do so. It’s not what your average tourist would call a scenic drive, but it will leave you impressed nevertheless.

    In Lea and Eddy counties in particular, you can see miles and miles of pumpjacks decorating the scrublands. Roll down the windows in your vehicle and you can smell the oil being pulled out of the ground.

  • One of the many bills to fall by the wayside in the just-past legislative session was House Bill 307, which would have reformed the way New Mexico funds its public works projects.

    It was a good-government proposal. It would have served the public interest better than what’s in place now. It would have replaced politics with a smarter approach to spending taxpayer money and taking care of the state’s infrastructure.

  • This fall was a busy one when it came to the issues that Common Cause has tackled for the past decade. The news about former Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s illegal use of campaign funds for personal purposes, coverage of discrepancies in legislators’ campaign finance reports, and bad ratings on corruption scorecards just kept coming…and coming. Ten years ago, a similar news windfall, this one about New Mexico Treasurer Robert Vigil and his use of that office to trade kickbacks for state business, led to a period of reform. It’s time to do it again.

  • You know what they say:

    What goes around comes around.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    And I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if that ain’t true.

    I’ve picked up a lot of old sayings through the years, and the older I get the more I recite them. At least I quote the ones I’ve come to believe in.