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Editorials

  • A step back in DWI fight

    Anyone in New Mexico who picks up a newspaper or watches television news knows that we have a major problem with repeat DWI drivers in this state.

    The list of repeat DWI drivers who have killed or maimed someone in New Mexico is long, and it grows by the day.

    That’s why it’s unfortunate that the House Transportation and Public Works Committee voted 5-2 last week to table a bill that would have imposed stiffer penalties on repeat DWI offenders, a move that one of the bill’s sponsors says effectively killed the legislation.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 7, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! THIRTY-YEAR-OLD BOOKS

  • Gov’s action outrageous

    We are baffled by Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to appoint someone to the Highlands University Board of Regents who has an active lawsuit against the university.

    Before we delve into that topic, here’s a disclosure. Among the people who applied for the position was Optic editorial board member Joseph McCaffrey. We have no issue with the governor passing McCaffrey over for the position. Because McCaffrey applied for the regent post, we excluded him from the editorial board’s discussion on this matter.

  • An important decision

    We have published a few letters to the editor from individuals urging the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education to keep Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez because bringing someone new in at this point would be disruptive.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 31, 2014

    THUMBS UP! MAKING A MARK
    Congratulations to John Fernandez for winning the Corrido of the Year award at the New Mexico Hispano Music Association awards show earlier this month. At that same awards show, Robertson High School student Estrella Gutierrez was awarded Youth Song of the Year. And Mariachi Paisano del Valle took the top spot as Mariachi Song of the Year for the song “Quedamos Como Amigos,” sung by Benny S. Ortiz and RHS graduate Marissa Baca. It’s great to see these talented individuals being recognized.

  • Making a difference

    It started modestly a scant six years ago as an organization to promote education and literacy in northern New Mexico. Today, it has grown manifold.
    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico just concluded its Sixth Annual Literacy Fair, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, and attendance and participation broke records, making Saturday’s fair the largest ever.
    The event drew 23 organizations, ranging from local service clubs to Carnegie and Donnelly libraries to public schools, Head Start, the Catholic Daughters and Books for Bikes.

  • We must do better

    There’ been a lot of debate about the role standardized tests play in our education system. Many contend that standardized tests don’t provide an accurate picture of what students have learned and that it’s unfair to evaluate teachers based on how their students perform on those tests.

    Those criticisms may be valid. But standardized tests aren’t the only indicators suggesting that New Mexico students aren’t making the grade in the classroom.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 24, 2014

    THUMBS UP! FORESTRY PROGRAM ACCREDITED
    The Society of American Foresters has granted accreditation to Highlands University’s Forestry Program. That’s great news because it makes Highlands the first university in the state to offer an accredited forestry degree and the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the country to offer an accredited forestry degree. Congratulations to everyone at Highlands who worked hard to make it happen.

    THUMBS UP! NEW SHERIFF

  • Dam project is critical

    The city of Las Vegas received some good news last week with the announcement by the state Environment Department that Las Vegas is being included in the department’s water and waste water capital outlay request.

    Specifically, the agency is seeking $1.95 million to fund the expansion of the city’s effluent water reuse system. The agency is seeking an additional $1.9 million to fix the city’s old water distribution lines.

  • A man of peace

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial appeared in the Jan. 21, 2013 Optic.

    On this holiday in which we remember a man who gave his life for “a more perfect union,” we should also remember how he acted. He was a man who lived in violent times, yet his response was peaceful.