Opinion

Will ‘Obamacare’ end up hurting workers?
By: superuser
last updated: 09-20-2013
It seems that every week brings news of another major employer terminating its workers’ health benefits to avoid complying with the terms of the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare.” The latest? Specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s and ...



Overrated: Don’t wait for a eulogy
By: superuser
last updated: 09-20-2013
Eulogies, though well-intentioned, are highly overrated, a belated kind of praise my mother used to call “a day late and a dollar short.” I’d much prefer my roses (or my thorns) while I’m living. Why do we wait until it’s too late to say w...



Finding the right path forward in Syria
By: superuser
last updated: 09-13-2013
President Barack Obama has asked Congress to authorize U.S. military strikes in Syria, where the government has evidently used chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war with rebels. Obama says international norms against use of chemical weapons must ...



There’s no accountability in school accountability
By: superuser
last updated: 09-13-2013
Standardized tests can close your public school, hold your kid back a year or now get a teacher fired – all in the name of accountability. But standardized testing’s sheen of fairness got tarnished last week, proving that despite all the promises...



Proposal not ideal, but it’s our best option
By: superuser
last updated: 09-06-2013
As a lifelong resident of Farmington, I have seen the enormous positive impact that the energy industry has on our area. We are in a resource-rich part of the country with deep reserves of gas and coal that have provided meaningful jobs for thousands...



Are Common Core standards needed in public schools?
By: superuser
last updated: 09-06-2013
Back to school for millions of American children this year means a new set of academic standards. Called the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the new national benchmarks will help U.S. students compete with their peers internationally and leav...



Does ‘stop-and-frisk’ take policing too far?
By: superuser
last updated: 08-30-2013
A federal judge this week ruled that the New York Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” practices are unconstitutional, amounting to a “selective enforcement of the law based on considerations of race” that fell disproportionately upon the c...



Al Jazeera America is nothing like Al Jazeera Arabic, right?
By: superuser
last updated: 08-30-2013
Al Jazeera America launched last week. The television channel features such broadcast luminaries as Soledad O’Brien, Joie Chen, Sheila MacVicar, John Seigenthaler, David Shuster and Ali Velshi. Paul Beban, a regional correspondent, told the Denver...



Opt for a little coffee and conversation
By: superuser
last updated: 08-23-2013
I’ll admit it I am joined at the hip with all my tech gadgets. I am in awe of all the great things the technological age has given us. Our access to information has increased exponentially as has our productivity. But there is always a ying to ev...



Restoring liberties, rebuilding trust in government
By: superuser
last updated: 08-23-2013
The attacks on Americans’ freedoms began slowly to be rebuffed last week – not on a foreign battlefield, but in changes of government policy. A federal court ruling and two course corrections by the Obama administration narrow the criteria for wh...



Do neighborhood watch groups need regulation?
By: superuser
last updated: 08-16-2013
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case – in which a Florida teenager was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who said he was acting in self-defense – a Pennsylvania legislator is introducing a bill that would requi...



Family is family both far and near
By: superuser
last updated: 12-13-2013
When you are little and the world seems so big, it’s hard to understand why someone you love is here one day and gone the next. Actually, that can be hard to understand at any age. I’ve been trying to make sense of it all my life and I still don...



High court to decide if corporations have religious rights
By: superuser
last updated: 12-06-2013
“Corporations are people, my friend,” presidential candidate Mitt Romney famously declared during an Iowa State Fair visit in 2011 after a heckler challenged him to support raising corporate taxes. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes ...



A tale of two Christmases
By: superuser
last updated: 12-06-2013
The Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog, a seasonal guilty pleasure, arrived on the desk with a solid thud, bespeaking the 175 glossy pages of improbable, and improbably expensive gifts, inside. The catalog is aimed mainly at women, since they control m...



Gratitude is the ultimate long view
By: superuser
last updated: 11-29-2013
They say farsightedness is one of those gifts that tends to come with age. Maybe so. In life or landscapes, in vision or vistas, whenever possible, I like to take the long view. For six weeks, I’ve been alone on a lake in the mountains where I gr...



Palin’s phony war ruins the holiday cheer
By: superuser
last updated: 11-29-2013
Christmas is coming and the fact that Thanksgiving has not yet arrived is no deterrent. The signs are unmistakable: carols playing in stores and trees going up. On a personal note, my pre-holiday diet has failed and I have gone back to looking like ...



Space discoveries call for prudence on Earth
By: superuser
last updated: 11-15-2013
The possibility of life on other planets might encourage us to think rationally and prudently about our lives on this humble globe that we call Earth. The subject of extraterrestrial life came up last week with the publication of research in the Pro...



If I could save time in a bottle
By: superuser
last updated: 11-15-2013
I remember when my children were very young, and we lived in Virginia, I came to see my family’s life as being on a familiar loop: Putting up the Christmas lights, followed by hunting for Easter baskets and celebrating a raft of spring birthdays, t...



Veterans Day: Is Anybody Listening?
By: superuser
last updated: 11-08-2013
Veterans Day brings to mind one of the favorite anecdotes of my late father, Lewis Tyree. Dad was inducted into the U.S. Army at the tail end of World War II. During basic training, the drill instructor demonstrated how to disarm a knife-wielding as...



Should corporations have right to religious freedom?
By: superuser
last updated: 11-08-2013
Hardly noticed last week amid all the dust-up over Obamacare’s failed rollout was an important ruling on corporations and religious freedom. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decided the health-care reform’s requirement to cover contraceptives m...



Are charter schools a legitimate alternative to public education?
By: superuser
last updated: 11-01-2013
Are charter schools the conservative movement’s version of Solyndra? Education reformers – mostly, but not entirely, on the right – have long peddled charter schools as a solution to the nation’s education woes. Such schools, paid for from p...



Feeding the soul; missing the ones you love
By: superuser
last updated: 11-01-2013
Have you ever made a decision you felt sure was right, only to end up wondering later: What was I thinking? Second-guessing. I hate it. Recently, I left my home and my husband and the life that I love, to spend some time alone working on a novel on...



You’re mistaken if you think crises are over
By: superuser
last updated: 10-18-2013
My Republican father used to say that conservatism was looking for stairs to walk down rather than a window to jump out. It wasn’t an original statement, but it was accurate. I wonder what he would say now. Those were the days when one could be a ...



County encourages residents to review Land Development Code, ask questions
By: superuser
last updated: 10-18-2013
Editor:  This letter is written in response to Virginia Hatchett’s letter, which was published in the Tri-City Tribune on Friday, October 11. Ms. Hatchett’s letter raised a number of questions about the purposes and content of the proposed Land...



Can government shutdown bring any good?
By: superuser
last updated: 10-11-2013
The federal government took a break this week, with national parks and other services shutting down in a showdown over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” House Republicans are refusing to vote to fund th...



Real leadership needed at the top of government
By: superuser
last updated: 10-11-2013
WASHINGTON – Someone needs to ask House Speaker John Boehner how bad he wants to keep his job. Is holding on to it so important that he won’t buck an extreme faction of Republican conservatives to promote the greater good and prevent the nation f...



Writer wants residents to read, comment on county ordinance
By: superuser
last updated: 10-11-2013
Editor.   I am a voting citizen of San Juan County. When I was made aware of the San Juan County Land Development ordinance, known as Ordinance 84, I was shocked as I read through it and learned that a committee of four people wrote this code ...



Shutdown could wreak unintended economic consequences
By: superuser
last updated: 10-04-2013
In the safety of their mountain caves, or maybe in concrete-walled suburban sanctuaries near the capital of one of our nominal allies, terrorist leaders are surely plotting their next attack on the United States of America. But those leaders of glob...



Do online reader comments help, harm public discourse?
By: superuser
last updated: 10-04-2013
Let’s talk about trolls: The rise of digital media over the last 20 years has given birth to a new phenomenon, online reader comments. Usually found at the end of newspaper or magazine stories online – perhaps on this very column you’re reading...



Should the food stamp program be curtailed?
By: superuser
last updated: 09-27-2013
What should be the future of food stamps? The Associated Press reported this week that House Republicans are trying to cut $4 billion from the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. Conservative critics argue the program has become bloated – more t...



Scare tactics in anti-healthcare ads are inexcusable
By: superuser
last updated: 09-27-2013
The irony in this is hard to beat. So is the lie. An Internet-based ad features a young woman on an examining table with her legs up in stirrups waiting to be examined. But instead of her doctor, a sinister-looking Uncle Sam pops up holding a speculu...



College presents contemporary art works of Marcus Cadman
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
The San Juan College Art Department will present the contemporary American Indian art of Marcus Cadman from Jan. 10 to Jan. 31 in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery. The show, titled Game Changer: Contemporary Paintings & Sculptures of Ma...

Community grieves loss of well respected Code Talker
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
Wilfred Billey was an educator, hardworker, and a beloved resident in Farmington. He also was a World War II Navajo Code Talker and helped his country defeat the Japanese by using a Navajo code that was never deciphered.  Billey passed away on Dec....

New library card designs
last updated: 04-25-2014
New summer hours Library releases new library card designs May 1.     The Farmington Public Library will release its new library card designs on Thursday, May 1. Eight different designs will be offered, each featuring a photograph taken by a local ...


Comrie-Picard visits Treadworks
last updated: 04-11-2014
Comrie-Picard visits Treadworks BFGoodrich performance team member ventures on 3,000-mile trip   Professional rally driver and BFGoodrich Performance Team Member Andrew Comrie-Picard faces one of his toughest challenges as he embarks on a 16-...
Week of the Young Child
last updated: 03-24-2014
Week of the Young Child SJC hosts week of activities to highlight needs of young children   The San Juan College Child and Family Development Center, in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will celebrate ...
FMS begins March 3 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment
last updated: 02-28-2014
FMS begins March 3   New Mexico Standards Based Assessment   The Farmington Municipal Schools will begin assessing its students with the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment from March 3 to March 20, 2014.  All students in grades 3-8, H2 (se...
College hosts financial aid workshops
last updated: 01-31-2014
Are you planning to attend college in the fall of 2014?  Need help with your financial aid?  San Juan College, in conjunction with the FAFSA Free-for-All program, will host a series of free financial aid workshops, February, March, April and May to...
Accident kills two, injures infant
last updated: 12-06-2013
Two people are dead after a fatal car accident this morning. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the head-on collision shortly after 6 a.m. Dec. 6 on U.S. 64 near County Road 6800. After investigating the incident it was determined t...

Aggies beat Lobos 67-61 at the Pit
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
Round 2 of the Rio Grande Rivalry goes to New Mexico State. The Aggies beat the Lobos 67-61 at the Pit on Tuesday night. “It’s not just another win,” said NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies. “It’s a big win.” The Lobos were without point gua...


About 17 tons of grapes arrive at Wines of the San Juan
By: superuser
last updated: 08-23-2013
Nearly 60 tons of grapes will be pressed during Wines of the San Juan Grape Crush Season, which marks the beginning of the winemaking process every year. The season begins in August and will go through September. “That’s when the grapes are pick...