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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 29, 2014

    THUMBS UP! PEOPLE’S FAIRE
    It’s an event that members of this community look forward to every year, and this year’s People’s Faire didn’t disappoint. The fair featured a good assortment of vendors, lively music, activities for the kids and just a fun atmosphere for individuals to enjoy themselves as another summer draws to a close. To the organizers and everyone else who played a role in making this year’s People’s Faire a success, we say thank you.

    THUMBS UP! HUNTING FOR TREASURE

  • Spend it wisely

    San Miguel County Commissioners signed off earlier this month on a one-twelfth-of-one percent gross receipts tax increase in San Miguel County that will go into effect on Jan. 1.

    We must admit that we were uneasy about the approval of the new tax, mostly because San Miguel County and the City of Las Vegas already have some of the highest gross receipts tax rates in New Mexico. We worry about the impact that has on both consumers and on businesses just trying to make ends meet.

  • Editorial: The sins of the father

    Two decades have elapsed since news first broke about child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in New Mexico, but the fallout continues.

    Four lawsuits were filed just last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men alleging that they were abused by priests as children. One of those lawsuits was filed by a 59-year-old Santa Fe man who says that when he was 7 or 8 he was sexually abused by a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas. That lawsuit names Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as a defendant, in addition to the archdiocese.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 22, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! FAILING TO PAY TAXES

  • Trash City, USA

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. Unsightly litter is nothing new in the city of Las Vegas or in San Miguel County.

    Take a short drive and chances are you’ll come across a discarded pile of trash, a mattress or even a couch tossed on the side of the road somewhere.

    But some callous scofflaw has taken the nasty behavior to a new low, discarding more than two dozen used syringes by the side of the road near Porkchop Hill.

  • Locking out the public

    New Mexico’s largest school district is parting ways with its superintendent, but neither side is saying why.

    The Albuquerque Public Schools Board voted unanimously Friday to accept Winston Brooks’ resignation, despite the fact that he still has two years left on his contract.

    Unfortunately the settlement agreement entered into by Brooks and the district shortchanges New Mexico taxpayers.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 15, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!

  • Make work mandatory

    The food stamp program is an important safety net aimed at ensuring that those who are down on their luck don’t go hungry.

    According to an Associated Press story published in last Wednesday’s Optic, 420,000 New Mexicans receive food stamps, with roughly half of them being children. The average benefit is $265 a month, which really isn’t a lot considering the cost of food these days.

  • Support for open primaries

    It appears that reason is finally beginning to prevail on the issue of closed primaries in this state.

    You may recall that back in June a lawsuit was filed challenging the current system, in which only registered Democrats and Republicans are allowed to vote in state primaries. Albuquerque lawyers David Crum and J. Edward Hollington are arguing that New Mexico’s primary election system is unconstitutional because it denies the basic right to vote to a large number of voters in our state.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 8, 2014

    THUMBS UP! ANOTHER HILARIOUS SHOW
    They’ve done it again! Over the Edge VII, a presentation by the Las Vegas Community Theatre Collective, entertained audiences with their latest capers taking pot shots (pun intended) at pharmaceutical shenanigans as well as local foibles. Capacity crowds hooted at the sometimes-not-so-hidden references to our community! Good job, folks!

    THUMBS UP! A WET SUMMER