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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 5, 2014

    THUMBS UP! BUCKETS OF COLD WATER
    Luna Community College President Pete Campos and other college employees took part in an ice bucket challenge last month to raise money for the LCC Foundation and student scholarships. Contributors donated money to the Foundation in exchange for Campos and other staffers agreeing to have buckets of ice-cold water poured on them. We applaud Campos and all of the other participants for being good sports.

    THUMBS DOWN! GUILTY PLEA IN ROBBERY CASES

  • Organ worth preserving

    More than a century ago, the editor of this newspaper advocated for this community to raise money to acquire an organ for what at the time was the recently built Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

    The organ cost $4,000, which, at the time, was a huge sum of money. But area residents dug deep and raised the funds necessary to make that vision a reality.

  • Thank you for all you do

    “A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”

    — Albert Einstein

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 29, 2014

    THUMBS UP! PEOPLE’S FAIRE
    It’s an event that members of this community look forward to every year, and this year’s People’s Faire didn’t disappoint. The fair featured a good assortment of vendors, lively music, activities for the kids and just a fun atmosphere for individuals to enjoy themselves as another summer draws to a close. To the organizers and everyone else who played a role in making this year’s People’s Faire a success, we say thank you.

    THUMBS UP! HUNTING FOR TREASURE

  • Spend it wisely

    San Miguel County Commissioners signed off earlier this month on a one-twelfth-of-one percent gross receipts tax increase in San Miguel County that will go into effect on Jan. 1.

    We must admit that we were uneasy about the approval of the new tax, mostly because San Miguel County and the City of Las Vegas already have some of the highest gross receipts tax rates in New Mexico. We worry about the impact that has on both consumers and on businesses just trying to make ends meet.

  • Editorial: The sins of the father

    Two decades have elapsed since news first broke about child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in New Mexico, but the fallout continues.

    Four lawsuits were filed just last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men alleging that they were abused by priests as children. One of those lawsuits was filed by a 59-year-old Santa Fe man who says that when he was 7 or 8 he was sexually abused by a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas. That lawsuit names Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as a defendant, in addition to the archdiocese.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 22, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! FAILING TO PAY TAXES

  • Trash City, USA

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. Unsightly litter is nothing new in the city of Las Vegas or in San Miguel County.

    Take a short drive and chances are you’ll come across a discarded pile of trash, a mattress or even a couch tossed on the side of the road somewhere.

    But some callous scofflaw has taken the nasty behavior to a new low, discarding more than two dozen used syringes by the side of the road near Porkchop Hill.

  • Locking out the public

    New Mexico’s largest school district is parting ways with its superintendent, but neither side is saying why.

    The Albuquerque Public Schools Board voted unanimously Friday to accept Winston Brooks’ resignation, despite the fact that he still has two years left on his contract.

    Unfortunately the settlement agreement entered into by Brooks and the district shortchanges New Mexico taxpayers.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 15, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!