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Taoseños: Use words that inspire, not harm

This year's Independence Day, marking the founding of the country, occurred during perhaps the most fractious period in our nation's history since the 1960s, when the battle for civil rights and debate over involvement in the Vietnam War split …

Editorial: Reconsidering four stories

Taoseños turned out in droves Tuesday (June 27) at a town council meeting to voice their opinions about a proposed four-story Holiday Inn Express.Some people supported the project. Many did not.But almost all of them acknowledged Taos needs …

Editorial: Shootings call for understanding

What to say when unexplainable, unimaginable nightmares unfold in a community?It is not that Northern New Mexico is a stranger to violence. People are murdered every year in Taos and Río Arriba counties, where last Thursday's shootings …

Editorial: Taoseños show up, more input needed

Kudos to the estimated 200 people who packed the conference room at the Sagebrush Inn on Monday to provide comments and thoughts about the future of downtown Taos. They took the time out of their busy schedules, gave up their favorite evening …
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Our Editorial: Defining Taos' future

Taos faces many challenges, as do all the rural towns in the county:• Home prices continue rising in the valley.• Living costs outpace Taos salaries.• Jobs that pay a living wage are scarce.• Agricultural lands continue to …
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Opinion: New Mexico lacks facilities for toxic waste

After reading Cody Hooks' article on illegal dumping (The Taos News, June 29-July 5), it occurred to me that one reason for such activities is this state's shortage of convenient channels and facilities for …
Letter to the editor

Opinion: Beware of lily leaves, a feline and canine poison

A few days ago we almost lost our beloved cat Smokey because he nipped a day lily leaf in our garden. It turns that day lilies are extremely toxic to cats. We had no idea. The skill and compassion of …

Opinion: Put blow-and-go alcohol detectors at bar

I recently took a class from the New Mexico Alcohol & Gaming Division in order to get a Server Certificate. After paying for the class so I could get a job, I spent eight hours …
Letter to the editor

Opinion: Help Outreach Taos creates suicide prevention hotline

Dear Community Members, Help Outreach Taos (H.O.T) has been formed to bring awareness to and help reduce and prevent suicides in the Taos community. We are in the process of creating a 24/7 phone …
Letter to the editor

Opinion: Taos inevitably changing

I came here exactly 12 months go. I now know my new neighbors, and attended the Holiday Inn Express hearing yesterday afternoon and evening to get to know my new town.Listening to the often impassioned public comments, and …
Letter to the Editor

Opinion: Like every other town in America?

Like every other town in America?In his "My Turn" opinion piece in The Taos News of June 29 Taos Mayor Dan Barrone decries the stagnant economy of our fair town. Is it possible that this may be because Taos is steadily becoming to look more like …
Letter to the editor

Opinion: What should be done about prairie dogs?

What should be done about prairie dogs?I was quite seriously wondering what could be done about the extreme prairie dog presence at the Eco Park in Taos. What started as a few cute critters, has now blossomed into quite the problem. They are …
Letter to the editor

Opinion: Ask governor how she voted on wildlife policy

Ask governor how she voted on wildlife policy On June 23, 2017, the Western Governors’ Association approved Policy Resolution 2017-11. From The Center for Biological Diversity: “Policy resolution 2017-11 recommends delaying lifesaving …

Opinion: Prairie dogs versus private property rights

A June 22 one-sided article in The Taos News went on about prairie dog squatters rights on private property, suggesting that "some people," who have "no standing," should have a say. …

Opinion: Scary bicyclist experience on road to TSV

I want to alert readers about a dangerous experience I had on my bike on Sunday, July 1. On a steep descent down the Taos Ski Valley Road, a full-sized newer model pickup pulled up alongside me. …

Opinion: Addressing climate change by going vegan

For the millions of environmentalists and scientists in the U.S. and abroad up in arms over the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, I have one simple question, "have …
Letter

Opinion: Hotel will generate revenue, jobs

The Hampton Inn here charges $172.55/night in July with taxes/fees of $37.34 on top (21.64 percent). Let's pretend that Holiday Inn will be 100 rooms and rent at $150/night and have an occupancy …
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Opinion: Gov. Martinez unnecessarily rejected Medicaid funding

Most of the attention on the results of the 2017 Special Session has focused on the dangerously thin margin between revenue and expenditures the Governor's red pencil actions left our State facing for the coming year. Projections at the time were …
My Turn

Little separates homeless from ‘homefull’; get acquainted

6:37 p.m., June 9th, 220 Albright Street: Sunset throws its blood-orange afterglow on the pale, blank, aluminum face of the Taos Men's Shelter. The homeless men are fearful, cagey, and aware of me, …
My Turn

Opinion: Voting rights under assault

It was July 4, 2007 in Waynesville, North Carolina. My wife and I, on vacation near Asheville, had volunteered to register voters after the town's Independence Day parade. Armed with pens, clipboards, and a simple form, we eagerly approached …
My Turn

Opinion: Time is now for Taos, world powered only by renewable energy

Around four years ago a non-profit called Renewable Taos was founded with the mission to transition Taos and our surrounding region to 100 percent renewable energy that is locally produced by facilities that are locally owned. This original mission …
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