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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 22, 2015

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME BACK!
    The Las Vegas Train Robbers, opened their 2015 home baseball season this week with a game against the defending league champion Santa Fe Fuego. It’s unfortunate that this season, the Pecos League presented the Train Robbers with a truncated schedule, with only 10 home games. But that’s still an opportunity to watch some great baseball. Home games begin at 6 p.m., and the schedules are published in the Optic sports section.

  • Sentence inappropriate

    We‘ve generally shied away from criticizing decisions made by judges and juries, believing that those decisions deserve great deference. But every once in a while we’ll see something so egregious that we feel compelled to weigh in.

  • Overhaul Patriot Act

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from  The Free Press of Mankato, Minn.

    The Patriot Act was rushed through Congress 14 years ago amid the obvious fear following 9/11.

    Since then, particularly since Edward Snowden’s revelations of invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency, the wisdom of the Patriot Act’s sweeping authority for spy agencies has been looked at more soberly.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 15, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Congratulations to Las Vegas resident Carroll L. Riley, an archeologist who received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 43rd annual Heritage Preservation Awards ceremony last week. Riley is considered a pioneer in his field. The 92-year-old is credited with establishing the contact between the Southwest and Mesoamerica. The award was bestowed by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee.

    THUMBS DOWN! AN ALARMING TREND

  • Time to clean up our city

    First impressions matter, whether we like it or not.

    Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent promoting Las Vegas and San Miguel County in hopes of drawing tourists here. It’s an important part of our economy, and one that none of us can afford to take for granted, given the fragile state of that economy.

    But what happens when tourists arrive in town only to be greeted by trash strewn all over our streets and parks? Or if they have the misfortune of driving behind a motorist who decides to throw trash out his window?

  • Our criminal justice system

    If you’re charged with a crime in this country, and you can’t afford to hire an attorney to represent you, the state is required to hire one for you.

    It’s so fundamental to the proper functioning of our criminal justice system that the right to an attorney is guaranteed in the constitution.

    Spending taxpayer dollars on criminal defense lawyers for people who are accused of breaking the law isn’t the most popular thing for elected officials to do. But it is the right thing to do.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 8, 2015

    THUMBS UP! RIO GALLINAS MOVES INTO NEW HOME

  • Sheehan will be missed

    Michael Sheehan will officially step down as the Santa Fe archbishop in June now that Pope Francis has appointed Salt Lake City bishop John Wester to replace him.

    It’s been nearly 22 years since Sheehan took over as the archbishop, and he told The Associated Press last week that he believes he’s leaving the archdiocese a better place and that there’s more accountability in addressing allegations of abuse.

  • Time to mend rift

    Mora County dodged a bullet last month with the settlement of two federal lawsuits filed over the county’s Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, which attempted to ban all oil and gas drilling in the county.

    A federal judge struck down that ordinance in January after determining that it violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights and conflicted with state law. But one of the issues left unresolved was whether Mora County would be forced to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees incurred by the plaintiffs in bringing the lawsuit.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 1, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN INNOVATIVE INCENTIVE
    Highlands University regents voted last Friday to offer incoming freshmen a $1,000 bonus if they graduate from the university within four years. Outgoing President Jim Fries proposed the bonus as a way to provide an incentive to incoming students to complete their undergraduate degrees as quickly as possible. It’s a great deal for students. We hope many of the university’s incoming freshmen earn that bonus and that Highlands’ dismal four-year graduate rate will surge as a result.