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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 20, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN AMAZING RUN
    They may not have come home with a state title, but the West Las Vegas Dons have nothing to be embarrassed about. The Dons played well in the state championship game on Saturday, at one point coming within five points of Hope Christian, which won its third consecutive state title. The Dons had an incredible season under head basketball coach David Bustos, finishing their season with 24 wins and just six losses. This is the first time the Dons have made it to the state title game since 2008.

  • A frightening wake-up call

    Anyone who has doubts that the public education system in New Mexico is in desperate need of reform should read the column written by D’Val Westphal in last Friday’s Albuquerque Journal.

  • Senator’s deal egregious

    Whether you’re a fan of Sen. Phil Griego or not, chances are you were shocked on Saturday when you heard the news that he had abruptly resigned his Senate seat effective immediately.

    Griego, a Democrat who resides in San Miguel County, was elected to the Senate in 1996, and he has easily won re-election ever since.

    There’s no question that Griego has had his ups and downs during his 18 years in the Senate. Through it all, he had managed to maintain a strong grip on his Senate seat.

    That changed this week.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 13, 2015

    THUMBS UP! NEW ADVENTURES DOWN OLD TRAILS

  • Supreme Court got it right

    We applaud the state Supreme Court for its ruling Monday that state law requires all New Mexicans to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

    Reason has finally prevailed.

    You may recall that the state Court of Appeals came to a different conclusion when it took up the matter in November 2013. In its bizarre ruling, the Appeals Court said only 10 categories of people — the list includes teachers, doctors and nurses — must report suspected child abuse. Prior to that ruling, the law had generally been interpreted to apply to everyone.

  • Give PARCC a chance

    From the Boston Tea Party to Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, this country has a rich history of civil disobedience. When we have a grievance or feel we’re not being treated fairly, we have a right to take to the streets to voice our concerns.

    That’s exactly what some students at Robertson and West Las Vegas High schools did last Monday. They, along with thousands of other students from around the state and nation, took to the streets to protest the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 6, 2015

    THUMBS UP! NMBHI GRANTED ACCREDITATION
    Congratulations to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute and its staff for receiving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital, Nursing Care, Behavioral Health and Laboratory accreditation. Troy D. Jones, the hospital’s executive director said last week that achieving accreditation requires hard work and collaboration among employees. We couldn’t agree more. The Behavioral Health Institute is vital to our community, and we’re happy to see that it’s still going strong.

  • Stability needed

    A critical component of the safety net in New Mexico is the behavioral health services provided to those in our communities with substance abuse problems or in need of mental health services.

    The firms providing these services are working with the most vulnerable among us, which is why it’s so important that their work continue without interruption.

  • Avoid shut-down

    Just when you think Congress can’t get any more dysfunctional, it somehow manages to outdo itself.

    If you’ve paid attention to the national news over the last week or two you’ve likely heard about the possible partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department.

    Ironically, the dispute isn’t whether Homeland Security should be funded or at what amount.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 27, 2015

    THUMBS UP! AN AMAZING SEASON
    Congratulations to the Robertson High School wrestling team and to coach Richard Martinez for bringing home yet another team state championship this past weekend. The team’s hard work and discipline was obvious throughout the season. And a special shout out to Richard “Rico” Montoya who is ending his high school career as a five-time state champ. What this group of kids has accomplished is impressive. It’s a fitting way for Martinez to end his long stint as Robertson’s wrestling coach.