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Editorials

  • Block must resign

    While we’re usually glad to defer to the wisdom of the voters, in the case of Jerome Block Jr. we must say that he never should have been elected in the first place. Northern New Mexico did a disservice to itself by choosing him to represent District 3 on the Public Regulation Commission.

  • A nation downgraded

    Standard & Poor’s lowering of the United States’ credit rating for the first time in history is a sign  that America is in decline. The reasons are obviously economic, blatantly political and, to an extent, voluntary.

    Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way.

    The consequences of the S&P downgrade will be higher interest rates, which will result in direct hits to the housing market and new car sales.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP - ANOTHER BIG RALLY. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally was another roaring success last weekend, with thousands of bikers showing up for a weekend of fun in the Meadow City. It’s only a few years old, and yet it’s getting bigger every year — and, with the money they spend, it’s helping the retailers around town.

  • Editorial Roundup

    (Aug. 3) The Telegraph, London, on the West's debt crisis and the military — The U.S. debt debacle may signal the end of the American century not only economically, but also militarily and diplomatically. A minor exchange hinted at the shape of things to come. On a visit to Afghanistan, Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked by troops if they would get paid if the U.S. defaulted. “I really don’t know the answer to the question,” came the reply.

  • Obama also to blame

    After a brief sigh of relief that an economic crisis of unprecedented proportions was averted, we turn our attention to the outcome. It looks bleak indeed.

  • Obama also to blame

    After a brief sigh of relief that an economic crisis of unprecedented proportions was averted, we turn our attention to the outcome. It looks bleak indeed.

  • Water planning

    It was an information-packed meeting Wednesday, when city officials and consultants presented their preliminary study and recommendations for Las Vegas to tackle its water problems.

    The bottom line: It’s going to cost. A lot.

    No surprise there. Everyone should know by now that the city is too heavily dependent on the Gallinas River for its water supply,  that our reservoirs are badly in need of repair, and that our water lines are leaking like sieves. No one said it would be cheap to address any of these problems.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - INADEQUATE RESULTS. Nearly 87 percent of New Mexico’s schools — including all but two in San Miguel County, and just one in Mora County — failed to meet federal adequate-yearly-progress standards during the last school year. Such dismal results motivated the state Public Education Department to announce plans to replace the system, if the feds allow it, with a state plan to grade schools A through F instead of with the pass-or-fail approach currently being used.

  • Spanish Market

    Ronald Samuel Garcia, a self-taught santero, will be among a group of artists showcasing their work during this weekend’s 60th Traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza.
    Garcia, a native of El Carmen in Mora County, will feature his New Mexican retablos, relief carvings and “Mora Style bultos,” carvings of religious figures.

  • Disturbing closure

    Las Vegas is not a rich town. Sure, some people here have deep pockets, but there are far more who endure unemployment and underemployment, which create poverty-level conditions and a host of problems that go with such desperate circumstances.