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Our View: Hospital strike bad for patients

With July 31 fast approaching — one week from today — Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center management and the union representing nurses and technicians remain at a contract impasse. Earlier this week, the union served hospital officials with a strike notice. Its members had rejected what has been described as the hospital’s last, best contract offer.

Letters to the editor, July 24, 2014

Saturday, July 26, is the fourth annual celebration of National Day of the Cowboy in New Mexico. Cowboys have been part of New Mexico history even before it became a state, so it seems appropriate to honor their past and current contributions.

  • Our View: A cleaner park just first step

    The current cleanup of Cathedral Park is long overdue. It has been a disgrace, packed with aimless young people who — in their own words — want to hang with their homies, even if that includes public drinking, pot smoking and selling drugs.

  • Our View: Time to celebrate Spanish culture

    Anticipation is building for the 63rd annual Traditional Spanish Market, which returns this weekend to the Plaza. This year, aficionados of traditional work don’t have to wait until the booths are up and the artists are out early Saturday morning. With ¡Viva la Cultura! festivities, it’s almost as though Spanish Market begins today.

  • Our View: For Hispanics voters, preservation matters

    The common perception of environmentalists is that they are affluent and Anglo in their makeup. Minorities, so the thinking goes, aren’t as worried about the forests and wildlands, especially when there are jobs involved.

  • Our View: Amtrak support growing stronger

    Seeing hundreds of people wait at a train station for hours, signs in hand as a show of support, would gladden the heart of any politician — especially in an election year. That was the scene on a recent train tour, but not because of politicians on board. No, the crowds were there to support the train itself: Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line on a whistle-stop tour of a portion of the route from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Guns, bombs, missiles fired around the globe

Guns, bombs and missiles dominated the world’s headlines this week. The center of attention was the Gaza Strip, where the forces of Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force battled it out, with Hamas using rockets and the Israelis answering with airstrikes.

For Natives, a split in opinion on Obama

Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama made his first visit to an Indian reservation as the sitting president when he and first lady Michelle Obama dropped in on the Standing Rock Sioux Reser…

Border needs help for the suffering children

One of the most troubling and disturbing images that I can’t seem to rid my mind of is that of young immigrant children being placed in kennel-like cages. Since then, a more humane approach ha…

Commentary: Religious freedom at risk

A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

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Today’s New Mexican, July 24, 2014

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