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Today's Opinions

  • School days for instruction, not for in-service

    We agree with those who say that of all things funded by the state and local governments, education is at the top of the list.There is little else more important than our children and helping to prepare them for the future. Boosting teacher pay is one way to work toward this end.But it is not the only way – as many like to say.More and more teacher pay in New Mexico has gone up and up.

  • Guest Column: Real federal whistleblower protections in sight

    Congress is getting serious about attacking government corruption sustained by secrecy and enforced by fear.Before Christmas, the Senate unanimously matched House approval of legislation reviving the moribund Whistleblower Protection Act.

  • Pansophy proffered by prez primaries

    Presidential primary politics came packed with rewarding wisdom.Hillary gave me the knowledge a super bright, dynamic woman can contest for the presidency and have a real shot at coronation.McCain gave me hope that in this wacky world of waffling, there is still hope for a tough old boot who tells it as it is.Obama gave me inspiration in that our country, once shamed by slavery, could well elect its first black president.Mike gave me joy in the realization a fun-loving, guitar strumming rock and rolling former Baptist minister with the unlike

  • Health care: What we each can do about it

    Health and medical costs continue to rise faster than any other major segment of the U.S. economy. The cause is not insurance companies, drug companies, health-care providers, the uninsured or malpractice lawyers. It is us, you and I, and a broken system.Nationally, health care costs about $2 trillion annually or more than 15 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), our total output of goods and services. That’s an average of nearly $7,000 for each American.Health care is a larger segment of our economy than food, clothing or shelter.

  • Dog's death deserves a response

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  • Candidates should follow King's example

    Dear Editor,

  • Our view: An undisclosed evaluation

    An undisclosed evaluationThe news that the National Nuclear Security Administration has evaluated Los Alamos National Laboratory’s performance for last year and settled its accounts with Los Alamos National Security, LLC, under the cover of secrecy is disturbing.Some may be suspicious that the federal government has let its problem-prone creation too easily off the hook for the management partnership’s first 18 months of what has been, to say the least, a rocky road.Others may believe Washington has once again made a scapegoa

  • Off and On: Search needs to be highest priority

    There is a very important process going on right now – a search for a new superintendent.In all honesty, this may be the most important hire this community makes for a long time.