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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 23, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! TAKING ON DRUNK DRIVING

  • We must do better

    Federal and state agencies oversee a number of programs that are supposed to serve as a safety net for those down on their luck.

    Those programs are critical for people who have lost their jobs and don’t have money for groceries or health insurance for their children.

    But in New Mexico a “perfect storm” of events has resulted in a backlog of thousands of applications from poor residents who have applied for health care and food assistance.

  • Some tragic consequences

    No matter how you look at it, the death of Arcenio Lujan is a tragedy.

    Lujan was shot and killed by two state police officers on May 8 after he reportedly pointed a rifle at them. The officers were there checking in on Lujan because his former supervisor and a friend notified authorities that he appeared to be suicidal.

    By most accounts, Lujan was a good man who was battling addiction to prescription drugs. Addiction is an insidious disease that robs people of their hope and leaves a trail of wrecked lives in its wake.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 16, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! ARSON SUSPECTED IN SCHOOL FIRE
    The Rio Gallinas School at Socorro and Chavez Streets sustained significant damage last Thursday when a fire erupted in the school’s kitchen. Authorities found evidence at the scene that suggests arson. We hope that the person or persons responsible are caught and made to suffer the consequences of their outrageous actions.

    THUMBS DOWN! OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

  • Improving education

    According to a new study by the National Education Association, New Mexico ranked 20th among states last year in total per-student education spending.

    Factoring in federal, state and local funds, New Mexico spent $11,019 per K-12 student, $81 more than the national average, the Albuquerque Journal recently reported.

  • Vets deserve better

    The men and women who have fought for our country deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We, as a nation, owe them at least that much given the tremendous sacrifices they have made for us and for our country.

    That’s why the allegations being made about veteran hospitals in Phoenix and perhaps elsewhere are so troubling.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - may 9, 2014

    GIVE GRANDE EVENT RAISED $853,000
    Congratulations to the Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico for raising $853,001.94 from 7,799 donors through its inaugural Give Grande New Mexico campaign. Among the 409 nonprofits receiving donations during this 24-hour online fundraising event were several from San Miguel and Mora counties. Indeed, MainStreet de Las Vegas raised $10,055 through the campaign. It came in 14th on the list of top fundraisers.

    NATIVE AMONG TORNADO VICTIMS

  • The rising cost of tuition

    University students throughout New Mexico have been hit with substantial tuition increases over the last several years as the amount of money the state spends per university student has dropped.

    It’s a troubling trend highlighted by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, according to a recent story in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • Give Grande, Las Vegas

    Nonprofit organizations play such a vital role in every community throughout this nation. In some instances they serve as a safety net, engaging in such activities as providing meals to the hungry and shelters for the homeless. In other instances, they serve as advocates for important causes like revitalizing a city’s downtown district and helping out troubled or abused kids.

    In almost every instance, they enrich our communities.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 2, 2014

    THUMBS UP! 6,890 POUNDS OF TRASH
    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance and close to 100 volunteers spent this past weekend picking up trash for the second annual Gallinas River Clean-up. Numerous organizations came together for the effort. The result: 6,890 pounds of trash and debris was collected from the Gallinas River. Thank you to everyone who took part.

    THUMBS UP TAX TIME HELP