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Editorials

  • A worthwhile investment

    The statistics are startling. According to Pat Leahan of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center, 80 percent of the people booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center end up back in the county jail within four weeks of being released.

    That’s an incredibly high recidivism rate, particularly considering that the national rate is 43.4 percent within one year, Leahan notes.

  • Unfortunate ruling

    Terminally ill patients in New Mexico struggling with end-of-life decisions suffered a sad setback last week.

    The New Mexico Court of Appeals determined that doctors should not be allowed to help competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives, reversing a lower court’s ruling.

  • A lapse in judgment

    It’s disappointing that the Environmental Protection Agency — the federal agency created to protect human health and the environment — would wait 24 hours before notifying New Mexico officials that a toxic surge of wastewater was heading our way.

    The 3 million gallons of waste from an abandoned Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo., contains high concentrations of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals, according to The Associated Press.

  • EPA unveils new rules

    The Environmental Protection Agency released new rules this week to reduce power plant emissions that contribute to climate change. The usual suspects reacted with what Sen. Robert C. Byrd might have called shaking their fist at the future.
    But it’s not even the future anymore. It’s the present, in more ways than one.
    First, climate change is here.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - August 7, 2015

    A WONDERFUL PARADE AND RODEO
    At the risk of being redundant, we once again tip our hats to Ron and Elaine Querry for the work they put into making the Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration a wonderful event. Throngs of people lined the streets for the parade, and the rodeo drew a capacity crowd. We hope the reunion parade and rodeo are held again next year. Cowboys Reunion and Heritage Week events continue through this weekend.

     MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE

  • 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.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 31, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT

  • 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.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 25, 2015

    THUMBS UP! IT’S RALLY TIME