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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 25, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! A LACK OF PRIDE
    Many in our community were outraged that some lowlife would have the audacity to steal the spear from the beautiful warrior carving in Plaza Park that was recently completed. We can’t imagine that the spear is worth much, so whoever took it likely did it as a prank, and we’re here to tell you it’s not funny. The craftsman who created the carving spent countless hours on the project. For someone to spoil that by walking away with the spear is just plain wrong.

    THUMBS DOWN! A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH

  • We need answers

    It is troubling that a woman was able to walk away with her two children during a supervised visit at the local Children Youth and Families Department office.

    We have to believe that judges don’t strip a parent of custody without having good cause. If anything, judges tend to be reluctant to take that action unless they have proof that a child’s wellbeing is at risk.

  • Require higher GPA

    We are baffled by the criticism that erupts every time one of our state’s universities begins considering increasing its admission standards.
    Regents at New Mexico State University are planning to vote this week on raising the minimum grade point average from 2.5 to 2.75, effective for Fall 2016. Officials at the University of New Mexico are also talking about implementing a similar change there.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 18, 2014

    THUMBS UP! SHOWING RESTRAINT

  • Rail line crucial to area

    Many people have fond, nostalgic recollections of an era of railroads in their home town. They recall the familiar whistle, waving to riders and — if they’re old enough — the sooty residue that belched out of the line’s smokestacks.

    Residents of the streets closest to the Amtrak line, Railroad, Pecos and Commerce, doubtless remember the coal-operated engines that left ashes in their yards.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 11, 2014

    THUMBS UP! TRANSFER STATION ON A ROLL

  • Addressing alcoholism

    It’s no secret that New Mexico has had a longstanding problem with alcohol.

    We are haunted by the countless DWI crashes that have claimed so many innocent lives over the years, including five members of the Collins-Gonzales family who died when their van was hit by wrong-way drunk driver Dana Papst on Interstate 25 in November 2006.

    But there’s another side to this tragedy.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 4, 2014

    THUMBS UP! AN AMAZING ADVOCATE

  • Let’s be civil

    We understand the concern that some in this community have about Gov. Susana Martinez being selected as this year’s grand marshal for the Fourth of July Fiestas parade.

    Martinez has done a great deal to help this community address its precarious water situation, and for that, she deserves our gratitude. But the fact is that this is a gubernatorial election year, and Martinez, a Republican, is running for re-election.

  • The First Amendment

    It’s not unusual for critics of City Hall to show up at Council meetings to vent their frustrations.

    The times that those critics have begun to talk about a specific governing board member or city employee, they have been interrupted by the city attorney and told that they are out of order.

    By contrast, those who show up at Council meetings to praise specific governing body members or city employees are allowed to speak uninterrupted.