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Editorials

  • Movie script offensive

    An Adam Sandler movie being shot in Las Vegas and other parts of New Mexico is stirring controversy over its portrayal of American Indians.

    Several American Indian actors walked off the set of “The Ridiculous Six” on Wednesday night, complaining about stereotypes, offensive names and scenes they say disrespect Native American religious practices.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 24, 2015

    THUMBS UP! $562,000 IN CITY DEBT FORGIVEN
    Kudos to the state Water Trust Board and the city of Las Vegas for changing the terms of the grant/loan agreements for two past water projects. The Water Trust Board had previously given the city a 60 percent grant/40 percent loan for those two projects. Recently, those terms were changed to make the funding 90 percent grant/10 percent loan. The net result is $562,000  in savings for the city utilities department, which can now be used for other water projects.

    THUMBS UP! AN ADVOCATE FOR THE HOMELESS

  • Regents must choose wisely

    Roughly four dozen candidates applied to be Highlands University’s next president, and the Presidential Search Committee has whittled that pool down to six finalists. Now comes the hard part: Figuring out which of those six is the best fit for Highlands.

    It will likely be the most important decision this Highlands Board of Regents will make.

    Selecting the wrong person could set the institution back years — think Manny Aragon and Selimo Rael. By contrast, we’re confident that the institution will thrive if regents select wisely.

  • Reform is needed

    The figure is staggering.

    A report released by State Auditor Tim Keller last month states that there is $4.5 billion in unspent money just sitting around in the accounts of various state agencies. That’s a lot of money, particularly given that the entire state budget is about $6.2 billion.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 17, 2015

    THUMBS UP! H.U. ATHLETE AMONG WORLD’S BEST
    We marvel at the athleticism displayed by Highlands track and field star Salcia Slack, whose performance in a recent heptathlon places her third in the world. She turned in a stellar performance in hurdles, long jump, high jump, javelin and shot put. As if that weren’t enough, she ran the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.92. We also salute her coach, Bob DeVries, who knows how to attract and cultivate talent.

    THUMBS UP! A SUCCESSFUL FOOD DRIVE

  • A bold move for Highlands

    New Mexico Highlands University regents voted last month to adopt a new policy that requires full-time freshmen from outside the area to live in one of the university’s residence halls. The new requirement will go into effect this fall.

    University administrators, including Dean of Students Fidel Trujillo, are hoping that requiring freshmen without ties to this area to stay in residence halls during their first year at Highlands will boost student retention and graduation rates.

  • Editorial: Secrets to a long life

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Concord (N.H.) Monitor and was originally published in that newspaper on April 8.

    What does it mean to live long and prosper? It’s worth thinking about as the baby boom generation heads into retirement and as their parents head into the final stages of life. More and more, people are bombarded with advice on how to stay healthy and vital. Often, it involves eating some sort of food (such as kale or berries) and not eating another kind of food (such as cake or bacon).

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 10, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A NEW HOME FOR MAGISTRATE COURT
    After months of having to share space — first with District Court and then with the San Miguel County Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office — San Miguel County Magistrate Court has a new home. The court opened the doors to its new location at 312 Bibb Industrial Drive on Monday. It moved out of its Seventh Street building because employees were getting sick there. We’re glad to see the move and hope it finally brings stability to the court, which has been in flux in recent months.

  • Rein in Northern

    For much of its existence, it was known as Northern New Mexico Community College. Then, with the backing of a powerful state lawmaker, it morphed into Northern New Mexico College. Now it’s calling itself Northern New Mexico University.

    The metamorphosis of the Española-based institution from a two-year community college to a “university” is the epitome of what’s wrong with New Mexico’s higher education system. And, frankly, it’s time for state officials to step in and put an end to the insanity.

  • Indiana law misguided

    “What’s happened to Hoosier hospitality?”

    So reads a sign hoisted by one of many residents of Indiana who demonstrated against a bill signed just recently by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

    Clearly, Indian’s governor didn’t put much thought behind his pen in approving legislation whose repercussions have become a hot-button topic throughout the country. And, as of Friday, the ever-changing issue has Pence agreeing to sign a revised bill.
    Some background: