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Op-Ed
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Early voting is in progress, and many voters are responding by going to the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd to vote early. That’s a good plan. more
It was less than a year ago when Russell Allen, vice president of operations for Allen Theaters, announced a major expansion for the Telshor 12 complex in Las Cruces. more
It was a bad day at Black Rock that fateful Halloween. It all began the week before, the call had seemed routine. “I’ve got a mare needs checkin,’ Doc, I b’lieve the sweetheart’s bred.” more
It took seven months, but I finally know someone -- two people actually -- who have tested positive for COVID-19. You can look at all the numbers until your eyes glaze over, but until it happens to someone you know personally, it’s difficult to put a face to the virus. more
I fear the unfortunate timing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death may break the U.S. Senate. It is, perhaps, the inevitable culmination of a battle between Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid that started years ago, where every time the majority changed, so did the rules. About the only thing left protecting the minority party is the filibuster rule, and its days may be numbered. more
He rose in the class, hand over his heart And spoke of his future career “The political ring’s where I’ll throw my hat I love the applause and the cheers.” more
How many of you attended a Zoom meeting prior to March 15, 2020? If you’re like me, you’d never even heard of Zoom. more
If your neighbor doesn’t have the sense to come in out of the rain, you aren’t surprised if he gets sick. When that happens, you hope he gets well soon and learns from his mistake. more
I was sittin' in the back row of a beautiful little church in a mountain town in the Rockies. I was there for the wedding of a daughter of good friends. As the service progressed, my attention was drawn to a banner that hung on the wall. It was handmade, cut from cloth and intended to be inspiring. It read, “Mount Up With Winos.” more
Anyone who knows me quickly learns I’m a sports fan, and I make no apologies. People who have been around me as I watch games and cheer and jeer also know I can be a bit superstitious about sports. more
You probably haven’t had the time or inclination to look into the fine print on all of those negative political ads we’re being bombarded with, so I’ve done it for you. more
It struck in late October like a plague of mustard gas. It started with a trickle but then soon began to mass. In pens and cattle alleys on the new receiving side, The fall run was beginning, and there was no place to hide. more
Yoli Diaz’s friend, Gisela Alvarez, kept bugging her. “You need to have the priest do an anointing and say a blessing for you,” Gisela said. Yoli kept putting it off, but the night before her scheduled cancer surgery Fr. Alex Urena showed up. He anointed her and prayed with Yoli and her friends. more
The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) supports broad access to voting, and absentee ballots are one option to vote safely this year. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 general election process was modified by the New Mexico Legislature to allow county clerks the option to mail applications for absentee ballots to registered voters with recently confirmed addresses. more
In 2002, Steve Pearce beat John Arthur Smith in what I believe was the most important election in southern New Mexico of the past two decades. The seat in Congress that both men were running for was open for the first time since 1980. more
You were just a dog. But a good dog. Right from the start. Your loyalty was never in question. And what you didn't know, you didn't know because I never took the time to teach you. more
Wednesday, Sept. 30, is the deadline for two pretty cool things. First and foremost, it’s the deadline for filling out the census. President Trump, the Census Bureau and Congress have volleyed the deadline back and forth since April, when Trump agreed with the Census Bureau that Congress needed to give an extension of at least 120 days to the original July 31 deadline. more
In 1775 Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general in the United States. Letters were taken to a post office, where the postmaster would note the postage in the upper right corner. more
September marks Suicide Prevention Month. Just as we are protecting our physical health right now, we must also take care of our mental health as we navigate this pandemic. Help is available. more
As a general rule, I think elections are better than appointments, and more perspectives are better than fewer. And so, the proposed constitutional amendment to reform the state’s Public Regulation Commission comes to the plate with two strikes against it in my scorebook. more
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