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Editorials

  • Las Vegas at its best

    Most of us know the tragic story of Jeramiah Gouin, the Sapello teen who was left paralyzed from the chest down after a May 31 accident at a bull-riding camp in Maxwell. A bull stepped on him, crushing all but one of the eight vertebrae in his neck.

    Jeramiah, who turned 18 on Sunday, spent nearly four months in hospitals after the accident and finally returned home this past Sunday.

    In anticipation of his homecoming, local contractor Travis Regensberg undertook a $65,000 remodel of Jeramiah’s home. And he’s doing it with donated labor and materials.

  • Wells Fargo scandal

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was initially published on Sept. 19.

    Banks go to great lengths to guard against cybercriminals hacking customers’ accounts. Now customers must worry about getting robbed by their own bank.

    That’s just one takeaway from an investigation that found employees at Wells Fargo opened more than 2 million fake checking, credit, and debit card accounts for customers in order to meet sales targets and earn bonuses.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 23, 2016

    THUMBS UP! EDUCATION ACROSS CULTURES
    Highlands University took a bold step forward last week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Diné College, located on the 26,000-square-mile Navajo Nation. The agreement, which is the result of a $438,715 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will install distance learning technology classrooms at Diné, a Navajo tribal college in Tsalie, Ariz.

    THUMBS UP! SUCCESS ON THE GRIDIRON

  • Voters have a right to know

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Republican in Springfield (Mass.), and was originally published on Sept. 16.

    Hillary Clinton got a note from her doctor. And Donald Trump appeared on some TV show and yakked about his well-being.

    Each would now have the citizens believe that they’ve sufficiently addressed questions about their health. But both are wrong. What they’ve done is better than nothing, but a candidate for the highest office in the land cannot get by with better than nothing.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 18, 2016

    THUMBS DOWN! HIGHLANDS PLACED ON PROBATION
    The Higher Learning Commission has placed Highlands University on probation after determining that the school is out of compliance with accreditation standards it is required to follow. Highlands remains accredited while on probation, but there’s no question that this is a serious matter for the school. Highlands President Sam Minner said he’s confident he can institute the changes needed to get Highlands off probation as soon as possible.

    THUMBS UP! A NIGHT OF LAUGHTER

  • A double standard

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Rutland Herald of Vermont and was originally published on Sept. 8.

    Hillary Clinton is contending with a double standard that is about more than gender. Because she has a record of accomplishment — as first lady, senator and secretary of state — the public expects a high standard of success from her. Every deviation from excellence is subject to scrutiny. Every failing is magnified.

  • Homeowners deserve better

    It’s a terrifying prospect: You find a house you like and make an offer on it. The offer is accepted, and you move forward on the closing process, buying title insurance and signing a mountain of paperwork for the mortgage on your new home.

    You take possession of the home and faithfully pay your taxes and mortgage. Then 10 years later, surprise! You can’t refinance or sell the house because it turns out you don’t actually have a clear title to the property.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 9, 2016

    THUMBS UP! TROLLEY BUILDING COMPLETE
    With the completion of the Highlands University Trolley Building, there’s finally an appropriate home for the university’s Media Arts and Technology Department. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.

    THUMBS DOWN! BOMB THREATS ENDANGER LIVES

  • Taking a stand

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Bulletin of Connecticut  and was originally published on Sept. 2:

    Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose refusal to stand during the national anthem has inspired intense public criticism, deserves the support of anyone who believe in free speech — including those who feel aversion toward his version of peaceful protest.

    Kaepernick’s concerns center on his belief that the country still institutionally oppresses black people, particular by way of police brutality.

  • Students losing out

    What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Mora Independent School District was celebrating after its high school was named a National Blue Ribbon School. Today, the district is trying to weather yet another round of controversy.

    The Blue Ribbon was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Mora High School was one of only 335 schools in the nation to receive the distinction based on its academic accomplishments. The national honor thrust the school into the spotlight and resulted in visits from U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and Gov. Susana Martinez.