Editorials

Editorial: Honoring Taoseñas

While so much of the news, including in this newspaper, has needed to focus on coronavirus, there is still plenty to celebrate.
File photo: Tim Rivera presents award from the national Funeral Research Group for being in the top 2% nationally for exceptional customer service to Doreen Martinez.

Editorial: Light a candle, send a hug

It has been a strange and difficult couple of weeks as normal life was upended over a virus.

Editorial: A virus tests human relations, systems

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is testing people even as people get tested for the virus. The outbreak is testing society. The State of New Mexico and local governments have taken extraordinary steps to stop COVID-19 from spreading. Schools are closed, spring sports postponed, assisted living centers are off limits to visitors, and many events have been canceled in order to reduce crowds where the virus can spread more easily. Restaurants and bars now can't serve people inside; gyms are closed. Some people will be out of work.
Courtesy photo ..The Taos High School Culinary Managment team won first place in their ProStat Competition Monday (March 9).

Editorial: A delicious win

Benjie Apodaca developed a culinary program at Taos High School, step by step over 15 years. Apodaca died unexpectedly last year, but it is a testament to his influence and ability to train others that his students and other teachers carried the program forward to new heights.
People walk into the main entrance at Holy Cross Hospital on Wednesday (June 22). The Hospital has considered downsizing its operation to stay within budget.

Editorial: Helping the hospital

Taos County commissioners made the right call Tuesday morning (March 10) in voting to increase the gross receipts tax and committing the revenue to Holy Cross Medical Center. The commission also was right to press Holy Cross administrators to communicate as clearly and effectively as possible with the community about the hospital’s finances on a regular basis.
Letters
According to Kit Carson CEO Luis Reyes, the solar panels will flow excess energy into the grid and will “demonstrate that you can integrate solar into a larger network.” File photo.

Letters: Making solar customers pay

I recently read where Kit Carson is trying to have solar customers pay more for their solar usage. This is just another example of how the cooperative is not respecting their customers and makes a mockery of their slogan "owned by those we serve."
Courtesy photoTiny Tim has survived a busted spinal column and a severe virus, thanks to help from a group of Dixon kids, an animal advocate and donations from people around the country.

Tiny Tim fights on

Thanks to the generosity of the Taos News readers from around the country, Tiny Tim has been on the Mutian supplements to fight feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) for four weeks.
File photo: Parciantes work together to clean an acequia running parallel to Lower Ranchitos Road.

Opinion: Climate change is a local issue

In view of the onerous climate threat and the myriad examples of its devastating effects all over the world, it seems it would surely be in Taos’ best interest to seriously consider amending land-use requirements in Taos County and the town of Taos.
Former Secretary of Defense and El Prado resident Donald Rumsfeld was among those speaking against the proposed Dollar Store project in El Prado during the public comments portion of the Planning Commission hearing on the project, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2020.

Opinion: Fund new farms and not Family Dollar

Family Dollar in El Prado would be the fourth of its kind within a few miles. I was shocked to learn in the Taos News that Don Rumsfeld spoke out and said no to the store. Seems to me he tried at one time to make the whole earth look like aisle six and aisle four of this same chain store. When it came to a new one near his land in Taos, he was moved to speak. And, no one threw a shoe.

Opinion: Trump and Hitler

Ominously, these two have much in common. Hitler came to power in Germany in the 1930s and led his nation into World War II, which caused the deaths of millions of military personnel and civilians. …
My Turn
File photo: Kids created patterns using shapes and mirrors Friday (Jan. 24) during the Mini-Explora event at Taos Youth and Family Center.

Opinion: Lessons from childhood: Stand up for yourself, take responsibility

When I was 4 years old we lived in a large apartment complex in Falls Church, Virginia. One day I wandered to the upper apartments. Three older boys got a hold of me. One sat on me and the other boys gathered some grass and put it in a pile by my head. One boy took out some matches and said they were going to burn me. I was very frightened.
COVID-19

Opinion: Can the trials and tribulations of coronavirus lead to a more just society?

In Greek mythology, Nemesis was the goddess of retribution giving punishment to those who were arrogant, had come into undeserved fortune or committed crimes with impunity. She restored balance in the world though justice.
File photo: Taos Herb owner Rob Hawley walks through the bulk storage area inside the Taos Herb new location Monday (June 30), 2014.
COVID-19

Opinion: The twin epidemics of coronavirus and fear brings the need for kindness

There has been a huge surge in the sales of herbs and supplements associated with our community's concerns about the coronavirus and the resulting infection named COVID-19.
Taos Municipal Schools, the nonprofit True Kids 1 and other organizations are working together to raise funds and purchase laptops for 200 students who need them in order to take their classes online since New Mexico closed all schools until the end of the semester.

Opinion: Help provide laptops to every Taos student

Dear Community, Today’s (March 27) announcement that New Mexico schools will not reopen this (academic) year means that our state’s 2 million students will be out of traditional …

Opinion: Finding creative ways for vital community connection

The initial shock and awe somewhat subsiding, Taos finds itself in a historically familiar place - standing pretty much on its own to face a marauding invader. This time, it's not an imprisoning, genocidal cavalry.
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