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Editorials

  • 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

  • Treat teachers fairly

    We like the idea of tying teacher evaluations to growth their students demonstrate on state proficiency tests.

    Teachers who manage to move their students forward by one grade level or better during a school year deserve to be recognized for that accomplishment. Similarly, teachers who aren’t moving their students forward need to know that, and they need to be given an opportunity to change the way they’re teaching so that they can get through to their students.

  • Dollies asset to this area

    One of the feel-good features of living in the Meadow City is its diversity. For a small town, it’s phenomenal the amount of activities and groups available.

    And an important part of the equation is the willingness of groups to help out any way they can.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 3, 2014

    THUMBS UP! A GREAT TIME AT WILDLIFE REFUGE
    Congratulations to the Las Vegas Wildlife refuge for its efforts Sunday  in providing refreshments, hayrides for all, nature fun and games for youngsters and for organizing the “Concert for the Birds,” featuring The Children’s Choir of Las Vegas under the direction on Kevin Zoernig and the Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet featuring Ralph Marquez (drums), Bruce Holmes (alto sax), Edward Harrington (bass), Kevin Zoernig (keyboard), joined by Steve Leger (trumpet).

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER STRUCTURE BURNS

  • Expungement a bad idea

    In a perfect world, anyone who commits a crime and is arrested would be convicted and end up behind bars if the crime is serious enough.

    It goes without saying that we don’t live in a perfect world.

    Our country’s founding fathers set up a criminal justice system in which prosecutors must prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order for that individual to be convicted of a crime. And that’s exactly as it should be. As the saying goes, it’s better that 10 guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted.