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Editorials

  • Editorial: Time for Biden to decide

    So many candidates are running for the Republican nomination for president that debates have to be split in two in order to make them manageable.

    On the other side of the political spectrum, Democrats appear to be having the opposite problem.

    The first Democratic presidential debate was slated to take place Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Nev., and debate organizers were planning to roll out an extra lectern just in case Vice President Joe Biden finally makes up his mind and decides to toss his hat into the presidential ring.

  • Editorial: The student loan crisis

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The New York Times and was originally published Oct. 7.

    A vast majority of the more than 10 million Americans who have defaulted on or are behind on repaying their student loans could have benefited from income-driven repayment plans that are intended to ease pressure on distressed borrowers and keep them from defaulting on their federal loans.

  • Editorial Roundup - October 11th, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Portsmouth Herald (N.H.), on bullying (Sept. 16):

    Bullying among our youth has become a hot button topic the last few years as well-publicized incidents, especially of cyberbullying, resulting in trauma and even suicides by victims have made headlines.

    A new study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire provides interesting insight into this nasty phenomenon — and lots of hope.

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    NOBEL PRICE WINNER  IS FROM RATON
    Raton native Paul Modrich, 69, and fellow researchers Thomas Lindahl and Aziz Sancar have been awarded a Nobel Prize for chemistry. The trio’s research explains and maps how the cells repair DNA, a discovery tht helps physicians understand and combat diseases. Modrich said the biological diversity around Raton helped spark his curiosity.

    NICE GOING, MORA

  • Combatting addiction

    Last year was a record year in New Mexico for overdose deaths.

    According to the Albuquerque Journal, 536 New Mexicans died of overdoses in 2014. The figure represents a 19 percent increase over 2013 deaths.

    The paper reported that nearly half of those overdose deaths were the result of prescription opioids or narcotic painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone.

    We’ve known for years that prescription drug overdose deaths in our state are high and that something needs to be done to combat the problem.

  • Editorial: Advocating for openness

    “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
    —James Madison

    It’s a relatively young organization, but the impact that the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has had in this state is enormous.

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    THAT AMAZING ECLIPSE
    It seems as if everybody saw it. Of course, we’re referring to the super lunar eclipse Sunday evening that displayed a blood-red image. Many went to the Highlands Hilton Science-Technology building to look through the university’s telescope. Some gathered around Storrie Lake, Veterans Park, the Wildlife Refuge and Nine-Mile Hill, on NM 518. One curmudgeonly gentleman at Camp Luna grumbled, “Couldn’t they have scheduled the eclipse at a more convenient hour?”

    WHAT’S WITH PEOPLE WHO ABUSE PETS?

  • The Pope’s visit to the U.S.

    Editor’s note: This editorial is from The News & Observer of Raleigh (North Carolina) and was originally published on Sept. 21.

    Those fortunate enough to see Pope Francis on his visit to the United States will know it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one they’ll share with friends and family all their lives. And that feeling will apply to non-Catholics as well as members of the church.

  • Campaign promises

    Editor’s note: The following editorial was recently published by the Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner.

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    MAKING ANIMAL WELFARE A PRIORITY