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Fight poverty in Taos: Increase the minimum wage

A drive through the Walmart, Smith’s or Albertsons parking lot looking at the parked cars tells the story about the three faces of Taos. You see the sleek black Mercedes S500 next to the nicely … more

Hats off to Holy Cross Hospital for efficiency and professionalism

I want to give out a shout-out to our community hospital here in Taos County, Holy Cross. I had a procedure done there two weeks ago, and I have to give recognition to a lot of people for making it … more

Protect the sacred gift that flows from the mountains to people of Taos Valley

Before the Anglos came, the Spanish people dug acequias by hand to carry water from the mountains to their fields. Before the Spanish people came, the people of Taos Pueblo diverted water to nourish … more

There are many benefits associated with ‘critical access’ hospitals

Critical access hospitals (CAHs) provide vital services in rural areas and often serve as the foundations of rural health care delivery systems. To improve care for patients residing in rural areas, … more

Cartoon mischaracterized what 'critical access' designation for Holy Cross would mean

Fake news has invaded the Taos paper in the recent political cartoon about the critical access designation for Holy Cross Hospital. I’m extremely disappointed in the cartoon’s total … more

Importance of time and health — treasures that are lost with age

The day we are born, we are given the two most important assets in life that we will ever receive. They are time and health.  It would be difficult to prioritize and evaluate which of the two … more

Role model? Not Trump, but don’t despair or give up

‘Who’ll be my role model, now that my role model is gone, gone?” (”You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon, 1986) Many pundits have offered theories about why Donald Trump … more

Favor y Fun: Opinion page is empty of facts, full of crazy

Congratulations to the Taos News for its new humor section Favor y Contra in the Feb. 9 edition. The opinions are so crazy that you just have to laugh at ideas published in this section; or as a … more

Denial of global warming should concern all

The great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” But it’s hard not to worry anyway. Of all the problems we face … more

Pay close attention: The stakes are high in our country

First, let’s stipulate: Our nation absorbed so many shocks that have come so rapidly in recent weeks that what’s seemed real a few days ago may have been upended by developments even … more
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