Articles for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Letters to the editor (10/31/13)

Puerto Seguro shares facility success story Editor: For many contributors to the Puerto Seguro Safe Harbor what activities and services are offered is unclear. Most contributors know that what we…[Read more]

Letters to the editor (10/17/13)

Request co-op ballots early Editor: I received a postcard in my mailbox Oct. 9 announcing the Socorro Electric Cooperative trustee election for District II. It states that the meeting will…[Read more]

Letters to the editor (10/10/13)

Great dental experience Editor: A letter to the editor might not be the most appropriate place to express my views about an encounter I had with a new professional in…[Read more]

Letters to the editor (09/26/13)

Gun cartoon misrepresentation of shootings truth Editor: In the Sept. 19 edition of El Defensor Chieftain, an editorial cartoon was printed that is an attempt to perpetuate a series of…[Read more]

Letters to the editor (09/19/13)

Boundaries column has merit but hugs are great too Editor: Dear Laura London, Thank you for your column titled “Personal boundaries should be honored” (Aug. 1). No one can argue…[Read more]

Danger hides in standing or flood waters

Mosquitos and puddles go together. Recent rains and floods have left Socorro and Catron counties with plenty of standing water that will only get muddier, stinkier and more toxic as the month rolls on.

Data should drive teachers’ incentives

It sounds good: Pay teachers from high-performing schools to go teach on low-performing campuses. But without data driving the selection of those teachers, the results of Gov. Susana Martinez’s latest…[Read more]

Letters to the editor (08/29/13)

Socorro schools rate A+ from 1962 graduate Editor: With all the negative publicity in the media about low graduation rates and graduating seniors unable to solve modest math problems and…[Read more]

Letters to the editor

Back to school is always an exciting time. Throughout my career as an educator, nothing has pleased me more than welcoming back students to kick off a new academic year.

Letters to the Editor (8/15/2013)

Magdalena residents watch your forest
There they go again trying to pull a fast one! Cheryl Prewitt, spokesperson for the Cibola Ranger District, says “in the past they had to get a new permit every time … so we are working on getting a permit that will cover the whole thing (EDC Aug. 1).” Really? And what is that? “A joint proposal from the military entities and Forest Service,” for war games.

End-times report

What's with this whole "end of the world" thing people have going on? "World War Z" made half a billion dollars worldwide in a week and a half. The Discovery Channel is netting an average of 3 million viewers a week by dumping two strangers naked and wholly unequipped into various harsh climates. Two apocalypse comedies are slated for this summer, both chock full of stars.

Calendar creep could take away from practical education

We are just two-thirds of the way through summer. There is still plenty of time for a good picnic, camping trip or fishing expedition, to garden and work in the yard. With recent rainfall, farmers might get another cutting of hay, the green chili harvest is about to begin (if it hasn't already), and ranchers may be starting to wean their calves.

Occupy these truths

I have a few numbers for you to think about. They tell a classic American story of riches and rags. The tale spans the quarter century leading up to the Crash of 2008.