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Editorials

  • DOJ decision a milestone

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was originally published on Sunday.

    The Justice Department’s decision to begin phasing out the use of private prisons is at once a milestone in criminal justice reform and an acknowledgment that the benefits of privatizing government functions were greatly oversold.

  • A victory for transparency

    Proponents of open government won a significant victory last week when a district judge in Santa Fe ordered Corizon Health to release settlement agreements it has entered into with inmates in the state’s prison system.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 19, 2016

    THUMBS UP! LEUKEMIA VICTIM GETTING HELP

  • Investigation warranted

    We’re glad that state oversight agencies finally have Luna Community College under a microscope.

    Allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and cronyism have been raised at Luna ever since the college’s current board of trustees and president rose to power roughly two years ago.

    It’s not difficult to understand why when you consider the major policy shifts board members enacted and the decision to suspend their presidential search in favor of giving the job to Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, a man with a troubling history at the college.

  • Case merits more probing

    Ten months after the Optic broke the story about former Mora superintendent Charles Trujillo faking his credentials in order to obtain his educator licenses, the 43-year-old is finally facing criminal charges.

    Prior to taking high-paying jobs as associate superintendent of the Pecos school district and later as Mora’s superintendent, Trujillo served as the chief of the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau, the department in charge of issuing educator licenses and ensuring that New Mexico educators have the proper credentials.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 10, 2016

    THUMBS DOWN! CHASE ENDS WITH GUNFIRE
    A 52-year -old man is facing multiple felonies after he allegedly carjacked someone near San Felipe casino and then led a state police officer on a chase on northbound Interstate 25. William Wilson was shot by the officer in San Miguel County. His gunshot wound isn’t life-threatening. It’s a blessing that no one else was injured or killed. Wilson deserves his day in court, but if he is found guilty, the judge presiding over his case should throw the book at him.

    THUMBS UP! NMHU EXHIBIT ENGAGES THE SENSES

  • Death with dignity gaining favor

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune and was first published on Aug. 8.

    California has become the fourth state in the union to pass a law allowing assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Since 1997, when the concept was first codified in Oregon state law, it has become known as “aid in dying” and many people have traveled there to take advantage of the opportunity.

  • Editorial Thumbs - Aug. 5, 2016

    EAGER FOR REC CENTER REPAIRS

  • Editorial: When guilty isn't guilty

    Just when you thought the saga of Roberta Vigil and her infamous “Bilingual Bashes” was over, she applies for a seat on the West Las Vegas School Board, reigniting the controversy.

    The news that Vigil had applied for the board seat raised a lot of eyebrows, in large part due to the fact that a Santa Fe jury in 2009 found her guilty of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, a felony, for misusing public funds while working as the bilingual coordinator for the West school district.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 31, 2016