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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 6, 2015

    THUMBS UP! NMBHI GRANTED ACCREDITATION
    Congratulations to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute and its staff for receiving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital, Nursing Care, Behavioral Health and Laboratory accreditation. Troy D. Jones, the hospital’s executive director said last week that achieving accreditation requires hard work and collaboration among employees. We couldn’t agree more. The Behavioral Health Institute is vital to our community, and we’re happy to see that it’s still going strong.

  • Stability needed

    A critical component of the safety net in New Mexico is the behavioral health services provided to those in our communities with substance abuse problems or in need of mental health services.

    The firms providing these services are working with the most vulnerable among us, which is why it’s so important that their work continue without interruption.

  • Avoid shut-down

    Just when you think Congress can’t get any more dysfunctional, it somehow manages to outdo itself.

    If you’ve paid attention to the national news over the last week or two you’ve likely heard about the possible partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department.

    Ironically, the dispute isn’t whether Homeland Security should be funded or at what amount.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 27, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN AMAZING SEASON
    Congratulations to the Robertson High School wrestling team and to coach Richard Martinez for bringing home yet another team state championship this past weekend. The team’s hard work and discipline was obvious throughout the season. And a special shout out to Richard “Rico” Montoya who is ending his high school career as a five-time state champ. What this group of kids has accomplished is impressive. It’s a fitting way for Martinez to end his long stint as Robertson’s wrestling coach.

  • Minimum wage hike overdue

    An individual who has a minimum wage job in this state and puts in 40 hours a week will earn $15,600 before taxes a year. Minimum wage workers who put in 20 hours a week make $7,800 a year.

    For a high school student who merely wants a little spending money, $7.50 an hour might be OK. For someone who is using a minimum wage job to put food on the table and pay for rent and utilities, it’s pretty clear that $7.50 an hour won’t go very far.

  • Preemption bill is flawed

    As expected, supporters of the oil and gas industry are proposing legislation that would severely limit the authority of New Mexico counties to regulate oil and gas drilling in their jurisdictions.

    One of those measures, House Bill 366, sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, has cleared its first hurdle, making it out of the House Energy and Environment Committee last week by a 6-5 vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 20, 2015

    THUMBS DOWN! LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE

  • A shaky start

    San Miguel County has enjoyed solid leadership for years, both at the Commission and administrative levels.

    While some area governing bodies were entangled in nasty infighting or power struggles, the San Miguel County Commission has been working quietly and diligently getting things done. If we had to guess, we’d say that a large part of that success was due to the efforts of the last two Commission chairmen, Nicolas Leger and David Salazar, who were both level-headed and pragmatic in how they approached their roles.  

  • Too many data breaches

    From filing tax returns and paying bills over the internet to online banking and electronic medical records, virtually every aspect of our lives is documented in an electronic record somewhere.

    There’s no question that these advances in technology have made our lives easier. But in the quest for greater convenience we have failed to do enough to safeguard the electronic systems we’re using, and we’re now beginning to realize just how vulnerable we are.

    The data breaches that have occurred in the last 18 months alone have been staggering.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 13, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A CHALLENGE TO THE COMMUNITY