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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 26, 2014

    THUMBS UP! PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH AT HIGHLANDS
    We applaud the Highlands University Board of Regents for the manner in which it is conducting the search for its next president. Regents decided last week to appoint a 13-member search committee to screen applicants and come up with a more manageable pool of applicants for the board. Regents will then conduct interviews and ultimately decide who will be the university’s next president. Regents appointed Doyle Daves to lead that search committee, and that was a wise choice. We wish the committee luck in its work.

  • Is there a Santa Claus?

    Editor’s note: The following editorial, written by Francis Pharcellus Church, was published by The New York Sun in 1897. While it was written more than 100 years ago, we believe its message about believing in things you cannot see is as poignant today as it was in 1897, so we are reprinting the holiday classic. Merry Christmas.

    Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.
    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
    Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun it’s so.”
    Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • Make holidays less stressful

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is being reprinted from the Commercial-News of Danville, Ill.

    As Christmas and New Year’s Day move closer, it seems as those everyone’s stress levels spike higher and higher. Before you know it, a time that features joy and peace becomes a season of frustration and anger.

    The local American Red Cross chapter recently offered a few ways to make the holidays less stressful for everyone. The list includes:

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 19, 2014

    THUMBS UP! A LIFE WELL LIVED

  • Teachers deserve raise

    “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”
    —Helen Caldicott, author and peace activist

    With the dramatic drop in oil prices over the last few months, our state’s budget picture for the coming fiscal year isn’t looking very good.

    That will mean that state lawmakers will face some tough decisions when they convene in Santa Fe next month to develop a budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

  • U.S. is above use of torture

    The revelations contained in a Senate report on “enhanced interrogation” techniques used by the CIA in the wake of the 9/11 attacks are dismaying. The report, made public last week, makes it clear that the CIA resorted to torturing prisoners at secret prisons around the world.

    To be clear, some of the prisoners the CIA was dealing with at the time were despicable people who had a hand in the 9/11 terrorist plot. They were people like accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 12, 2014

    THUMBS UP! TWO BEAUTIFUL TREES
    Like you, we’ve been enjoying the two beautiful city Christmas trees that were put up in recent weeks at Plaza Park and the old Safeway parking lot on Douglas and Seventh. While we have thanked the city crews who put up and decorated the trees, we were remiss in not also thanking the Bartley family of Gascón for donating the evergreens. The trees were hand-picked and cut down by John Bartley, and he did a great job.

    THUMBS UP! TARGETING DWI DRIVERS

  • Don’t miss ‘Nunsense’

    Who says there’s nothing to do in Las Vegas? A look at the listings in Friday’s newspaper provided a plethora of activities, two of which were the Electric Light Parade and “Nunsense,” a musical comedy presented by the Nat Gold Players.

    Those who attended the opening performances at the new event center attached to Charlie’s Restaurant left with a good feeling. One test of a successful music-comedy performance comes when those who attended leave the venue with memorable tunes or catchy lines still running through their heads.

  • PILT is vital to counties

    We have large swaths of federal land in San Miguel and Mora Counties and throughout New Mexico, and, for the most part, that’s a blessing. Most of us treasure having national forests, monuments and wildlife refuges in our back yards.

    The downside for counties that have federal lands within their boundaries is that it severely decreases their property tax base because they can’t tax federal lands.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 3, 2014

    THUMBS UP! LOTS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
    Whether its the city’s electric light parade, Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation’s Holiday Homes Tour, the Nat Gold Players play or a host of other events, there is no shortage of things to do in Las Vegas this weekend. So take a break and enjoy the many events taking place.

    THUMBS UP! EAST DISTRICT UP TO DATE ON AUDITS