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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 30, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A GREAT OUTCOME

  • End-Of Life Decisions

    The state Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday on whether doctors should be allowed to help competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
    A ruling in the case is likely months away. We hope the judges deciding this case will lean toward compassion on this matter and rule that doctors should be allowed to help end the suffering of a terminally ill patient if that is what the patient wants.

  • Inevitable outcome

    There’s an old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that’s certainly the case with Mora County and its community rights ordinance.

    A divided Mora County Commission adopted the ordinance in 2013. To her credit, Commissioner Paula Garcia voted against the measure.

    Besides permanently banning oil and gas drilling, the ordinance sought to strip corporations of rights the U.S. Supreme Court has determined they are entitled to.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 23, 2015

    THUMBS UP! MLK DAY OF SERVICE
    Roughly 20 people spent part of their Monday working on La Milpa Community Garden as a way to give back to their community and mark Martin Luther King Day. Vista volunteers, community members and United World College-USA students rolled up their sleeves and spent several hours doing everything from putting up a wooden fence and getting rid of invasive weeds. For everyone who did volunteer work, we say thank you. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to making things better for others.

  • Mandate transparency

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting ill and having to go to a hospital for treatment or a procedure, then you’ve likely also experienced anxiety as you wonder what the ordeal is going to cost you.

    Sadly, when it comes to health care costs in New Mexico, consumers are pretty much in the dark until they get the bill in the mail. By then, the expense has already been incurred and there’s little to do but suck it up and fork out your portion of whatever that bill happens to be.

  • A man of peace

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial appeared in the Jan. 21, 2013 Optic.

    On this holiday in which we remember a man who gave his life for “a more perfect union,” we should also remember how he acted. He was a man who lived in violent times, yet his response was peaceful.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 16, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A GREAT SPIRITUAL LEADER

  • An attack on all of us

    “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
    — Quote attributed to Voltaire

    The tragedy played out more than 5,100 miles away from us, but we should all take note of last week’s senseless terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

  • Keep politics out of it

    In the coming weeks and months the Highlands University presidential search committee and, ultimately, the university’s Board of Regents will be hard at work vetting applicants for the Highlands presidency.

    It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the work they will be doing. The person selected as the university’s next president will set the tone and course of the next several years at Highlands.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 9, 2015

    THUMBS UP! MEETING THE CHALLENGE
    Congratulations to UWC-USA for raising more than $1 million as part of a fundraising challenge issued by college benefactor Shelby Davis. He pledged to donate $1 million for a scholarship fund for the school if UWC-USA could raise another $1 million. The college announced Tuesday that it had met the goal. The United World College-USA in Montezuma is a jewel, and we’re excited to see the success it is having raising money for its amazing programs.

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER HOME CATCHES FIRE