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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 27, 2014

    THUMBS UP! AREA SEARCH AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

  • Making a difference

    In this day and age when there’s so much focus on what’s wrong with our education system, it’s great to hear about a teacher like Jeffery Houdek who is making a difference in his students’ lives.

    Houdek is a Memorial Middle School educator who teaches Algebra I. Statewide, only 50 percent of students who took the Algebra I end-of-course exam last year earned a passing score.

    So how did Houdek’s students do?

  • Include educators

    Gov. Susana Martinez has made it clear that she wants to reform New Mexico’s education system, and we applaud that goal.

    Having an effective education system is critical to so many quality of life issues, economic development being chief among them. So it makes sense that the governor and her administration are making education a top priority.

    But wanting to improve the education system in this state and actually doing it are two very different things.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 20, 2014

    THUMBS UP! NEW VIETNAM MEMORIAL
    Roughly 39 years after the Vietnam war ended, the 33 servicemen from northeastern New Mexico who lost their lives in it were honored with a new memorial. The names of those 33 men were carved onto flagstone to create the memorial, which was unveiled at Veterans Park last Saturday. It’s a fitting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

    THUMBS DOWN! FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS

  • Fire danger remains high

    There’s no question that the recent rainfall in this area has been a blessing and that we’re heading into summer better off than we usually do.

    But along with the rainfall, we’ve had hot days and strong winds, and that means much of the moisture we’ve had has been sucked out of the ground.