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Editorials

  • Shame on the EPA

    Did you catch the Associated Press story out of Weatherford, Texas, on Page 2 of our Jan. 21 edition? It’s a frightening story for anyone who lives near a hydraulic fracturing operation, partly because of the potential contamination to their water supply, but also because it suggests that you can’t trust the government to stand firm and do its job even when the health and safety of your family is at stake.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 25, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER WAKE-UP CALL. It’s been said before that it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” a catastrophic wildfire will hit the Gallinas Canyon and watershed. But in a presentation to the Gallinas Partnership last week, U.S. Forest Service fire specialist Bill Armstrong minced no words as he reinforced that warning. “Your watershed is going to burn, categorically, without question,” he told a gathering of about 50 people.

  • Aggressive second term

    It may have been his inaugural address, but President Obama essentially gave a civil rights speech on Monday. And why not? It was also an official federal holiday to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest civil rights leaders in American history, so why not seize the moment?

    But it was more than the holiday that Obama decided to seize on Monday, it was the opportunity to lay down the gauntlet on a new term in office.

  • A man of peace

    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.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 18, 2013

    THUMBS UP! AND THEY’RE OFF. Consider this thumb the result of cautious optimism that the legislative session, which started this week, will be a productive one, with the governor keeping a tight grip on spending while lawmakers make good decisions that benefit New Mexicans. With Congress as an example of how not to govern, we’re hoping to see the betterment of the state trumping partisan politics —but that will be up to the players in Santa Fe.

  • End ‘silent’ filibustering

    New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall has been making some national news lately, and for a good cause. He’s helping lead an effort to change the rules regarding filibusters.

    Yes, it’s simply a procedural matter, but it has become a very big deal in the Senate.

  • Compromise in Santa Fe

    Tuesday begins a 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature, and it promises to be a rowdy one. There’s a contest for president pro tem, between Pete Campos of Las Vegas and Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces on the Senate side, a power void left in the House with the absence of the late Ben Lujan, and a governor who is already putting on the gloves to fight for her proposed budget. It all promises to be great entertainment for political animals statewide.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 11, 2013

    THUMBS UP! TRYING AGAIN. There comes a point when you just can’t abandon a project, and we suppose that’s been the case with the Mora County Courthouse, which seems to be taking forever to complete, and at an enormous price tag. Commissioners are once again asking the Legislature for additional funds, but this time they’re also interested in securing a loan from the state Finance Authority to help with its completion. The borrowed money would be paid back with revenue from leasing part of the building to the Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Purple ... and green

    The way in which Highlands University has embraced and invested in environmentally friendly, energy-efficient practices makes one wonder if maybe green should be added to the school colors.

    At the very least, the university should be credited for thinking green — and saving some green too, over the long term.

  • Move to Amend

    At what point does an organized petition drive become a national movement? We’re not sure if there’s a distinct line separating the two, but we do know that there’s an effort out there that’s looking more and more like a movement, and we’re not sure it’s getting the attention it deserves in the mainstream media. So we’ll give it some attention here, not necessarily as an endorsement but as an encouragement, to spur more discussion.

    Besides, it relates to one of the biggest Las Vegas issues of 2012.