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  • Absentee officials

    Imagine a job where you’re paid top dollar, and you continue to receive your paychecks regardless of whether you show up for work.
    New Mexico elected officials don’t have to imagine it because that’s exactly the kind of jobs they have. It’s particularly troubling because elected officials tend to be among the highest paid individuals in our state.

  • Kudos to Highlands

    Gov. Susana Martinez was at Highlands University last week to highlight the innovative things the university is doing to try to boost its low graduation rate.
    The attention is well deserved.
    In an effort to get students to complete their degrees more quickly, Highlands is offering a $1,000 check to each member of the freshman class who completes a bachelor’s degree within four years. Regents also promised members of the freshman class that their tuition will not go up by more than six percent per year for the first four years that they are enrolled.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 18, 2015

    The City Council signed off last week on raises for members of the Las Vegas Police Officers’ Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2851. Under the agreements, members of both unions will receive a 50-cent-per-hour increase, which equates to an annual pay increase of $1,040. More importantly, representatives of both unions praised the city for working with them. It’s great to see a spirit of cooperation between the city and its unions.

  • See something, say something

    The horrific images of Hubble and many of the other dogs that have been rescued from Las Vegas and San Miguel County in recent years are shocking. Unfortunately, those images are nothing new to animal rescue workers who consistently see some of the worst animal abuse and neglect cases coming out of our city and county.

    Veterinarians say that Hubble was 12 to 24 hours away from death. He was so malnourished that his body looked like a bag of bones, and maggots were already eating on him.

  • A costly lesson

    Officials at state and local agencies throughout New Mexico should take note of a ruling issued by Santa Fe District Judge Sara Singleton last week.

    Singleton ordered the state’s Public Education Department to pay more than $14,000 in legal fees because it failed to respond to a public records request submitted by the National Education Association. The $14,000 in legal fees is in addition to a $485 fine PED was ordered to pay in July for violating the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 11, 2015


  • Kentucky’s martyr

    Congratulations to Kim Davis, a misguided county clerk in Kentucky, who has succeeded in turning herself into a martyr for the anti-gay–marriage movement.

    On Tuesday, presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz announced that they were planning jailhouse meetings with Davis.

  • Bond reform needed

    One of the fundamental tenets of our country’s legal system is that people accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty.
    We’d guess that the vast majority of people in this state and in this country would agree that that provision, which is ensconced in both our state and federal constitutions, is sacred and must be preserved at all costs. It is, after all, the safeguard that forces the government to prove our guilt beyond a reasonable doubt should we ever be accused of committing a crime.

  • Editorial Roundup - September 6, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram on crime rates (Aug. 27):
    Be sad — but not scared
    When our newscasts and social media are inundated with reports of violent crime, we become not only fearful but forgetful.
    From the round-the-clock news updates and frightening true-crime TV shows, it’s easy to think violent crime is worse than ever.
    No. Violent crime in America is half what it was 20 years ago, according to the FBI Crime in the United States report.