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Editorials

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 2, 2017

    THUMBS DOWN! THIS ONE’S A DILLY

  • Haitians shouldn’t lose status

    The following editorial was published in the Miami Herald on May 23:

    South Florida Haitian nationals who have been temporarily protected from deportation last week received what appeared to be good news. But in fact, it’s very bad news.

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Director John Kelly announced that the United States will extend Temporary Protected Status of 58,706 Haitians, many of them residents of Miami-Dade and Broward, for another six months, not the hoped-for 18 months. The benefit was set to expire in July.

  • Drones are tools, not toys

    The following editorial was published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24:

    What is a drone? Is it just a new version of the model aircraft that decades of schoolchildren have flown in their backyards and parks with little harm to people or property? Or is it a far more dangerous, often much more substantial, piece of machinery that can fly thousands of feet in the air, requires little or no training to get off the ground and can cause serious damage?

  • Tesla has enough value to buy out Ford Motor Co.

    The following editorial was published in the Chicago Tribune on May 22:

    Tesla, the electric vehicle startup, did something remarkable last month: It surpassed Ford and GM to become the country’s most valuable car company based on market capitalization.

    Want to acquire Tesla? It would cost a cool $50 billion. GM’s worth a tad less. Ford’s value is about $45 billion.

    Monday, not coincidentally, Ford ousted its CEO, frustrated with the company’s mediocre progress at reinvention in the high-tech era.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - May 26, 2017

    THUMBS UP! WORTH THE PRICE

  • Youth food quantity, quality are separate battles

    The following editorial appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News on May 15.

    As of last summer, roughly 67 percent of students in Texas’ Amarillo Independent School District were receiving free and/or reduced lunches.

    The percentage is nothing new. It has been this way for some time — the fact that more than half of the students in Amarillo ISD receive free and/or reduced lunches.

  • Threat should have been quashed

    The following editorial was published in the Los Angeles Times on May 16:

    The particularly nasty computer program dubbed “WannaCry” that attacked hospitals, businesses and government agencies around the world this past weekend was like a cybercrime highlight reel, a compilation of by-now familiar elements — conscience-free cybercriminals, an obscure vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, older and ill-maintained corporate computer networks and computer users tricked into opening booby-trapped email attachments — that played out on an epic scale.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - May 19, 2017

    THUMBS DOWN! TOO MUCH WASTE

  • What are we honoring?

    The following editorial was published in the New York Times on May 9.

    The Confederate-flag-waving white supremacist who murdered nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church two years ago made it impossible to evade the fact that the banner — and Confederate ideology generally — had been a rallying point for white supremacy and racial terrorism for more than 100 years.

  • Help with student loans

    The following editorial was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 6:

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has withdrawn Obama administration guidance that would have required the companies that service federal student loans to accept consumer-protection clauses as part of their new contracts.

    But if the servicers don’t want to serve borrowers, maybe Congress should remove the servicers from the system.