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Editorials

  • Obama was right to act

    Most Americans agree that the United States is in need of comprehensive immigration reform, and while the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill last year, the legislation stalled in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

    By some estimates, 12 million immigrants are in the U.S. illegally.

  • Angels among us

    If you’re like most American families, chances are you’ve already bought your turkey, and your pantry is overflowing with everything you need to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving meal.

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. But it should also be a time to think of those less fortunate and to do what we can to make their lives a little brighter.

  • Sticker shock

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center pool area has been offline since early May, when fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof.

    Six months later, consultants hired by the city to look at the building are estimating that it will cost about $3.3 million to repair the roof and to take care of the other deficiencies discovered in the building.

    We’ll be the first to admit that the $3.3 million figure was shockingly high, and we wonder how the city is going to come up with that funding.

  • A job well done

    San Miguel County reached a milestone last week with the adoption of one of the strictest oil and gas drilling regulatory ordinances in the nation.

    It goes without saying that the ordinance isn’t making everyone happy. Those who are pro-drilling argue that it creates so many barriers to oil and gas exploration that it’s going to keep the industry out of San Miguel County. Many local environmental activists have argued that approving anything short of a ban puts the county at risk.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 14, 2014

    A GREAT SEASON
    The Robertson girls’ soccer team, best known as the “Beastie Girls,” had a phenomenal season that ended last week with a 3-0 loss to St. Michael’s. We would have loved to see the team play in the state championship, but what they accomplished this season was incredible, and we are already looking forward to next season.

    GAS PRICES IN LAS VEGAS

  • Disappointing conduct

    The Robertson High School football team has a lot to be proud of, given its undefeated record so far this season and last year’s state championship.

    But the conduct of two of its key players this past weekend during the East-West game was disappointing and not befitting of the extraordinary team that the Cardinals have become.

    Dominic Lucero and J.R. Gonzalez were ejected from Saturday’s game after incurring unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

    And they will have to sit out the Cardinals’ first playoff game.

  • Preserve Amtrak route

    A recent Department of Transportation Commission study provides yet another reason for New Mexico to bite the bullet and contribute money so that Amtrak’s Southwest Chief can continue its route through Las Vegas and northeast New Mexico.

    The study estimates that New Mexico would lose about $3 million a year if Amtrak were to halt passenger service along its current route and shift the Southwest Chief to another rail line, according to The Associated Press. And the study projects that those losses would climb to $3.7 million a year by 2023.

  • Thank you, veterans

    “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
    — President Harry S. Truman

    Those words — chiseled into stone and on display at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., — are just as true today as they were when President Truman said them nearly 70 years ago.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 7, 2014

    A WELL-RUN ELECTION
    Melanie Rivera and her staff at the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office did another great job on Tuesday’s general election. Voters throughout the county were able to get in and cast their ballots without significant waits, and no major problems were reported. It was the last election that Rivera will run because she’s leaving her county clerk post to become a magistrate judge. We hope the person who the Commission appoints to replace Rivera will carry on Rivera’s tradition of being responsive to constituents.

  • Significant progress

    There’s still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but the $44.2 million the city has secured to help pay for critical Phase 1 water infrastructure projects is a huge accomplishment.

    Best of all, the city has the funding in place to move forward with its top priority, the Bradner Reservoir expansion project, which will triple the city’s current water storage capacity.