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Editorials

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 22, 2013

    THUMBS UP! RESTORING CONFIDENCE I. There’s nothing like well-kept financials to give people confidence in what they’re doing, so it’s no small feat that the city of Las Vegas, for the second consecutive year, received a clean audit. The city received an unqualified opinion on both its financial statements and its federal awards program — the best opinion that can be received from auditors.

  • ‘Sin tax’ hike makes sense

    Pardon the pun, but Wendy Armijo, county coordinator for the DWI Task Force, offered up some sobering statistics last week. At a San Miguel County Commission meeting, she cited state Department of Health data that alcohol consumption costs New Mexico $2.8 billion, or $1,400 per resident, for the property damage (automobile crashes), criminal justice, health care and lost productivity it causes.

  • Is he finally serious?

    In last week’s State of the Union Address, President Obama finally started talking tough about the need to respond to climate change. We say it’s about time.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 15, 2013

    THUMBS UP! STATEWIDE ATTENTION. It’s easy in these parts to become self-absorbed in Las Vegas’ water problems, but we need to remember we’re not the only ones suffering from such circumstances. The entire state is facing a bleak long-range outlook, stemming from a prolonged drought as well as a legal battle with Texas over New Mexico’s dwindling water supply.

  • Saturdays should stay

    The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to stop Saturday delivery mail — except for packages and to post office boxes — may sound practical, even necessary, but it’s not. Sure, the Postal Service has been facing some tough times, but what’s needed is a change of policy rather than a cut in services.

    Last week, USPS announced that it’s planning to cut back to weekday deliveries only to save money. “Our financial condition is urgent,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told The Associated Press. “Things change.”

  • The latest outrage

    The nearly four-year-old Clayton Jay Quintana case has been, for many, one outrage after another. The latest is that even though he’s a convicted sex offender, and has to register as one, the law exempts him from having his name, photo and other information on the state’s sex offender website.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 8, 2013

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME THE NEW CEO. Kathleen Cahill, a New Mexico native with more than three decades experience in the health care industry, is the new chief executive a Alta Vista, succeeding Maridel Acosta, who left for Roswell after two years here.
    Cahill comes up to the northern part of the state after administrative positions in Las Cruces and Roswell. Here’s hoping for her success here in the Meadow City.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 8, 2013
  • Forward progress

    Now that voters have made their leadership selections for school districts around the state, let’s turn our attention to something those leaders will need to face in the months and years ahead.

  • The school elections

    Tuesday’s a big day for area schools. It’s election day. At stake is who will lead the districts in Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos and elsewhere into the future.

    At this juncture, we have two hopes: One is that you’ll take the time, if you haven’t already, to cast your ballot. The other is that the Optic, through its reporting, has helped to inform and prepare you to make the most responsible decisions regarding the contested races for school board positions and bond requests that the districts are placing before you.