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Editorials

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 14, 2017

    THUMBS UP! BRING THE HOUSE DOWN

  • Breast cancer risks complex

    By Froma Harrop, award-winning columnist. She can be reached at fharrop@gmail.com.

    Many women obsess over their risk for breast cancer. That’s why news media flash blazing headlines whenever a study suggests a link between breast cancer and some “exposure.” That’s why television news shows that rarely spare even five minutes for science of existential importance to humankind find time for this.

    A new report cites evidence that drinking even one small glass of wine a day heightens a woman’s risk for breast cancer.

  • NMSP chief, do your job

    The following editorial appeared recently in the Rio Grande Sun newspaper, which serves the Española area.

    Full disclosure: New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas is not one of our favorite people. He lords over a clandestine organization that spends an enormous amount of time, money and other resources to keep information from the public.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 7, 2017

    THUMBS DOWN! WHY ALL THE SECRECY?

  • Bi-partisan health reform —really?

    The following editorial appeared in the Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Press-Republican on June 27.

    When Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was shot June 14 on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, lawmakers from both major parties called for unity.

    They said anger and partisan politics had created too agitated a state in this country and that it was time to set acrimony aside and work together for the good of the American people.

  • ‘Big pharma’ must own opioid issues

    The following editorial appeared in the Denver Post on June 20.

    An important question for the nation as it struggles with its opioid epidemic is whether, or to what degree, Big Pharma is behind the disaster. Were doctors too often swayed by drugmakers in prescribing painkillers needlessly? Were the drugmakers aware of the dangers of addiction but unwilling to change practices in marketing the drugs? Could more have been done to make the drugs harder to abuse?

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 30, 2017

    THUMBS UP! FURTHERING RESEARCH

  • Character can always be measured

    By Mark Shields, Creators Syndicate.

    Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s.

    The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today than it was in 1964. Back then, millions of black Americans were systematically denied the right to vote in many places, most especially in states of the old Confederacy.

  • We aren’t serious about the debt

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    We Americans should just ‘fess up and admit it ­­— that, despite platitudes to the contrary we as a nation are no longer serious about the national debt.

    On what do we base this observation? Well, consider the reaction to President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal.

    Headlines struck a common chord: Trump’s “Taxpayer First” budget would hammer everything and everyone imaginable — except the Pentagon.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 23, 2017

    THUMBS UP! TRAGEDY AVERTED