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Editorials

  • Equal rights for all

    The U.S. Supreme Court made history last week with a pair of decisions on same-sex marriage that left gay rights advocates celebrating.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 28, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HEAP
    The latest Kids Count survey has found that New Mexico, for the first time, has slipped to worst in the nation when it comes to child well-being. According to the survey, more than 30 percent of children in New Mexico were living in poverty in 2011 and nearly two-fifths had parents who lacked secure employment. The results of that report are sobering. Rather than pointing fingers at one another and trying to assign blame, we all need to roll up our sleeves and get to work on improving the situation for our kids. We owe them that much.

  • Repeal city ordinance

    There’s been much debate about whether the community rights ordinances approved by the Las Vegas City Council and Mora County Commission are lawful.

    Danelle Smith, a respected lawyer in Las Vegas and a former city attorney, weighed in on that issue earlier this month. Her conclusion is that the ordinance approved by the Council is “clearly unconstitutional” and “will cause major problems for the city of Las Vegas if (it) is ‘enacted’ into law.”

  • A painful necessity

    It’s no secret that Las Vegas City Schools has struggled with its finances for years.

    This past school year, the district implemented furloughs and even switched to a four-day school week to help balance its budget.

    Clearly, those half measures didn’t work, given that the district was facing a nearly $1.1 million deficit just a few months ago.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 21, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! OVERREACTING

  • Luna and nepotism

    Less than three years ago, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees approved a strict nepotism policy that prohibits the college from hiring a person who is related to a current board member, administrator or employee of the college, except in limited circumstances.

  • Kudos to local schools

    In this day and age when 30 percent of New Mexico’s children are experiencing hunger, it’s reassuring to see that school districts in Las Vegas, Mora and Pecos are stepping up to the plate and offering free meals to kids during the summer months.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 14, 2013

    THUMBS UP! LONGMIRE NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS

  • Making a difference

    It may have started off as a master’s thesis project, but the Parachute Factory makerspace that Las Vegas native Mariano Ulibarri launched in February is still going strong. And we, as a community, are better off because of it.

    A makerspace is a do-it-yourself environment that brings people together to create, tinker and repair items. The makerspace movement has its foundation in Hacker Scouts, a national nonprofit that formed in Oakland, Calif., in 2012, to help kids build skills and creativity in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

  • Domestic spying

    The revelation last week that the U.S. government is collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans and that it also secured a secret court order allowing the National Security Agency and FBI to tap directly into the servers of major U.S. internet companies, including Google and Facebook, is troubling.

    President Obama and others defend the programs, calling them a necessary defense against terrorism. Privacy advocates are up in arms, arguing that the government shouldn’t be spying on its citizens without probable cause.