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Editorials

  • Tough stance justified

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has drawn a line in the sand on the Mora County courthouse complex project, and we are glad to see the agency taking such a tough stance.

  • Big threat to press freedom

    Republicans, Democrats and defenders of the First Amendment are decrying the decision by the Justice Department to secretly subpoena two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 17, 2013

    THUMBS UP! Such a rich life
    Many people go through life with only a passing acquaintance with their great-great grandchildren, five generations away from their ancestor. But in the case of Juan Andres Madrid, who died only recently, there is one more generation: He is survived by 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-great grandchildren. That’s a great legacy.

    THUMBS DOWN! That lingual controversy

  • Seeing the dividends

    Most lawns around town are either yellow, or else the grass is completely gone. Our dreary yards are a testament to the severe drought this area has suffered over the last several years.

    The city has been in Stage IV water restrictions for more than two years, meaning that use of potable water to irrigate lawns and outdoor plants is prohibited. Those restrictions have paid off. According to the city, we currently use 1.4 million gallons of water a day, about a million gallons less than we were using in 2011.

  • Golden parachutes

    The recent Associated Press story outlining the generous pensions that state lawmakers receive once they are out of office raises some serious questions.

    Among the troubling issues raised by the article is that while lawmakers have trimmed pension benefits for some government workers they have resisted scaling back their own pension program.

    Just how egregious is the situation?

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 10, 2013

    THUMBS UP! HIGHLANDS MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

  • Mora law cannot stand

    Mora County has drawn both praise and criticism for becoming the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

  • Tuition hike too high

    On the same day that hundreds of Highlands University supporters hailed the dedication of the sparkling, high-tech Student Union Building, regents voted to increase tuition and fees at this beloved institution of higher learning.

    It’s hard to argue with inflation: The administrative, professorial and support staffs justifiably need to be paid, if only to keep up with inflation; the cost of the new facility went beyond the original budget, and the university’s health insurance costs and retirement contributions continue to rise.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 3, 2013

    THUMBS UP! BACA GOOD CHOICE FOR JUDGE

  • Beer sales a bad idea

    Attracting the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs to Las Vegas was a major feather in the cap of city officials, the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation.  

    If all goes as expected, the League’s decision to field a new team in Las Vegas will lead to an increase in the number of people visiting Las Vegas during their season, boosting revenues for hotels, gas stations and restaurants. And it will give the people of Las Vegas another option for entertainment.