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Editorials

  • Avoid shut-down

    Just when you think Congress can’t get any more dysfunctional, it somehow manages to outdo itself.

    If you’ve paid attention to the national news over the last week or two you’ve likely heard about the possible partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department.

    Ironically, the dispute isn’t whether Homeland Security should be funded or at what amount.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 27, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN AMAZING SEASON
    Congratulations to the Robertson High School wrestling team and to coach Richard Martinez for bringing home yet another team state championship this past weekend. The team’s hard work and discipline was obvious throughout the season. And a special shout out to Richard “Rico” Montoya who is ending his high school career as a five-time state champ. What this group of kids has accomplished is impressive. It’s a fitting way for Martinez to end his long stint as Robertson’s wrestling coach.

  • Minimum wage hike overdue

    An individual who has a minimum wage job in this state and puts in 40 hours a week will earn $15,600 before taxes a year. Minimum wage workers who put in 20 hours a week make $7,800 a year.

    For a high school student who merely wants a little spending money, $7.50 an hour might be OK. For someone who is using a minimum wage job to put food on the table and pay for rent and utilities, it’s pretty clear that $7.50 an hour won’t go very far.

  • Preemption bill is flawed

    As expected, supporters of the oil and gas industry are proposing legislation that would severely limit the authority of New Mexico counties to regulate oil and gas drilling in their jurisdictions.

    One of those measures, House Bill 366, sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, has cleared its first hurdle, making it out of the House Energy and Environment Committee last week by a 6-5 vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 20, 2015

    THUMBS DOWN! LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE

  • A shaky start

    San Miguel County has enjoyed solid leadership for years, both at the Commission and administrative levels.

    While some area governing bodies were entangled in nasty infighting or power struggles, the San Miguel County Commission has been working quietly and diligently getting things done. If we had to guess, we’d say that a large part of that success was due to the efforts of the last two Commission chairmen, Nicolas Leger and David Salazar, who were both level-headed and pragmatic in how they approached their roles.  

  • Too many data breaches

    From filing tax returns and paying bills over the internet to online banking and electronic medical records, virtually every aspect of our lives is documented in an electronic record somewhere.

    There’s no question that these advances in technology have made our lives easier. But in the quest for greater convenience we have failed to do enough to safeguard the electronic systems we’re using, and we’re now beginning to realize just how vulnerable we are.

    The data breaches that have occurred in the last 18 months alone have been staggering.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 13, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A CHALLENGE TO THE COMMUNITY

  • Pass driver’s license bill

    There are few things most high school students value more than their driver’s licenses, so it stands to reason that the prospect of losing those driving privileges is a surefire way to grab a teen’s attention.

    That’s why we think that legislation proposed by Rep. Jimmie Hall, R-Albuquerque, is a great idea.

    The bill would suspend the driver’s licenses of habitually truant students. Students who haven’t yet gotten their licenses wouldn’t be able to get them if they have spotty attendance records.

  • Clock ticking on insurance

    If you don’t have health insurance and haven’t yet taken advantage of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, time is running out.

    The deadline to enroll in health insurance is Sunday, Feb. 15. Those without health insurance who miss that deadline and don’t qualify for an exemption will have to pay a fine when they file their tax returns.

    The mandate is contained in the Affordable Care Act, the federal law commonly known as Obamacare, which strives to get everyone enrolled in a health insurance plan.