• A thrilling achievement

    “The revelations of New Horizons may help us to understand better how our solar system was formed. We explore because we are human, and we want to know. I hope that Pluto will help us on that journey.”
    — Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking

    The magnitude of what scientists have been able to accomplish with NASA’s New Horizons mission is astonishing and is an exciting reminder of why our nation must continue to invest in space exploration.

  • Iran deal a significant step

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was originally published in that newspaper last week.

    The historic agreement between Iran and six nations led by the United States, announced by President Barack Obama early Tuesday morning, sets the stage for containing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran for more than a decade.

  • Investing in our future

    Emerging research suggests that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life. That research reinforces the importance of home visits to at-risk families and early-childhood programs, particularly in states like New Mexico that have long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom.

    That’s why last week’s announcement that the West Las Vegas Head Start program had been awarded an $8.2 million grant to expand its existing program is so important to our community.

  • Unfortunate response

    The allegations that have surfaced against New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla are serious and troubling.

    But also troubling is the public response by Gov. Susana Martinez’s office.

    An anonymous person reached out to the state Auditor’s Office to allege that Padilla might have improperly influenced a tax audit of a former client. Specifically, Padilla is being accused of helping the former unidentified client to protect herself from liability and of influencing or pressuring tax employees to help benefit the former client.

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  • What were they thinking?

    Like many employees at Luna Community College, we are becoming more and more concerned with how the Luna Board of Trustees is choosing to run the college.

  • A step in the right direction

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and was originally published Thursday.

    The issues pile up: affordable housing shortage, college loan defaults, expanded social assistance program budgets, underfunded retirements.

    We treat them all like separate problems, but they all come from the same source: income inequality and stagnant wages for the middle class.

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  • A new day at Highlands

    The guessing is over. New Mexico Highlands University regents have selected Sam Minner as the school’s next president, ending an eight-month process that began when Jim Fries announced last October that he would be retiring.

    In all, 52 people applied to be Highlands’ president. A search committee whittled that pool down to six finalists and turned those names over to regents in April.

    The university made the names of the finalists public on April 16 and then set up four separate forums for each of the finalists to take part in.

  • Equal rights for all people