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Editorials

  • Montaño for magistrate

    San Miguel County residents are fortunate to have two solid candidates for the contested magistrate judge post.

    Republican Eddy Gallegos, who was appointed to the position by Gov. Susana Martinez 14 months ago, is a licensed attorney who has served as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney.

  • Balderas for AG

    For the last 10 years, we’ve watched Wagon Mound native Hector Balderas’ political career flourish.

  • Martinez for governor

    Roughly 70 percent of registered voters in San Miguel County are Democrats. Add to that statistic the fact that San Miguel County doesn’t even come close to having the population of counties like Bernalillo, Sandoval, Doña Ana or Santa Fe, and you might expect that a Republican governor wouldn’t give a second thought to the issues we’re dealing with.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 24, 2014

    THUMBS UP! A HEARTFELT THANK YOU

  • Our take on amendments

    New Mexico voters are being asked to decide five constitutional amendments during the general election. We urge a “yes” vote on Amendments 1, 3 and 5 while offering no recommendation on Amendments 2 and 4 because they aren’t really relevant to voters in San Miguel and Mora counties.

    Amendment 1 — which, if approved, could change the manner in which school board elections are held — requires a three-fourths’ majority in order to pass. The four other proposed amendments require a simple majority vote in order to be enacted.

  • Vote ‘yes’ on GO bonds

    New Mexico voters will decide three general obligation bond questions this November, and the Optic urges a “yes” vote on all of them.

    Combined, the GO bonds would raise $169 million for brick and mortar projects at colleges and universities, for materials for libraries and for infrastructure improvements and large purchases for our senior citizen centers.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 17, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! TWO U.S. NURSES INFECTED WITH EBOLA
    Two Texas health care workers tested positive for Ebola, and now public health officials are trying to figure out how they got it, given that they wore full protective gear while caring for an Ebola patient who later died. This is a frightening development, one that has the head of the Centers for Disease Control saying we need to rethink how we provide care. The World Health Organization is calling the outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

    THUMBS UP! BLUE RIBBON

  • HU faculty deserve a say

    We haven’t always agreed with New Mexico Highlands University President Jim Fries. The move in recent years to institute double-digit tuition increases for the sake of not having the lowest tuition in the region never sit well with us.

    And it goes without saying that there is room for improvement at Highlands, especially when it comes to things like growing main campus enrollment and the delay in finding deans for the School of Education, School of Social Work and the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Give Buxton a chance

    Matt Griego, the city’s interim Community Development director, likely got more than he was bargaining for this past Wednesday when he briefed the City Council on the results of the Buxton Analytics study.

    The city commissioned the study several months ago, agreeing to pay the company $50,000 in exchange for data about where Las Vegas residents are spending their money and what they’re spending it on. The company was also asked to use the data collected to identify retailers and chain restaurants that could do well in Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 10, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! AN INCORRIGIBLE YOUTH