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Editorials

  • Cause for concern

    New Mexico Highlands University has lost an important U.S. Department of Education grant that pumped $572,000 a year into the school’s budget to cover the cost of support services to low-income and first-generation students.

    Exactly what went wrong is unclear.

    Fidel Trujillo, the university’s dean of students, told regents last month that the school had yet to receive official notification or comments from reviewers as to why Highlands’ proposal wasn’t accepted.

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  • Shame on Luna board

    Their conduct is so outrageous and so shocking that we hardly know where to begin.

    We’re talking about the Luna Community College Board of Trustees and its decision last week to terminate the school’s presidential search and to offer Leroy “Huero” Sanchez the presidency.

  • Trooper was out of control

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer  and was originally published in that newspaper on July 22.

    If you haven’t seen the video yet of the traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of Sandra Bland, it’s easy to criticize her for not following the commands of the Texas State Trooper who stopped her for failing to use her turn signal on July 10.

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    THUMBS UP! IT’S RALLY TIME

  • A thrilling achievement

    “The revelations of New Horizons may help us to understand better how our solar system was formed. We explore because we are human, and we want to know. I hope that Pluto will help us on that journey.”
    — Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking

    The magnitude of what scientists have been able to accomplish with NASA’s New Horizons mission is astonishing and is an exciting reminder of why our nation must continue to invest in space exploration.

  • Iran deal a significant step

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was originally published in that newspaper last week.

    The historic agreement between Iran and six nations led by the United States, announced by President Barack Obama early Tuesday morning, sets the stage for containing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran for more than a decade.

  • Investing in our future

    Emerging research suggests that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life. That research reinforces the importance of home visits to at-risk families and early-childhood programs, particularly in states like New Mexico that have long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom.

    That’s why last week’s announcement that the West Las Vegas Head Start program had been awarded an $8.2 million grant to expand its existing program is so important to our community.

  • Unfortunate response

    The allegations that have surfaced against New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla are serious and troubling.

    But also troubling is the public response by Gov. Susana Martinez’s office.

    An anonymous person reached out to the state Auditor’s Office to allege that Padilla might have improperly influenced a tax audit of a former client. Specifically, Padilla is being accused of helping the former unidentified client to protect herself from liability and of influencing or pressuring tax employees to help benefit the former client.

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    THUMBS UP! FIESTAS A HUGE SUCCESS