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Editorials

  • Taking a stand

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Bulletin of Connecticut  and was originally published on Sept. 2:

    Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose refusal to stand during the national anthem has inspired intense public criticism, deserves the support of anyone who believe in free speech — including those who feel aversion toward his version of peaceful protest.

    Kaepernick’s concerns center on his belief that the country still institutionally oppresses black people, particular by way of police brutality.

  • Students losing out

    What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Mora Independent School District was celebrating after its high school was named a National Blue Ribbon School. Today, the district is trying to weather yet another round of controversy.

    The Blue Ribbon was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Mora High School was one of only 335 schools in the nation to receive the distinction based on its academic accomplishments. The national honor thrust the school into the spotlight and resulted in visits from U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and Gov. Susana Martinez.   

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 2, 2016

    THUMBS UP! CANCER FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS
    The annual Boot Scootin’ Boobie Motorcycle Run held in Las Vegas drew a host of riders dedicated to helping battle breast cancer. In addition to the cycle run, organizers held a dinner, dance and silent auction. They raised more than $4,000.

    THUMBS UP! UNION ELEMENTARY ACES IT

  • Sleazy tactic crosses line

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Providence (R.I) Journal and was originally published Aug. 24.

    Nobody expects a presidential campaign to be conducted by Marquis of Queensbury rules. It has long been clear that there are areas in the backgrounds of both major party candidates that lend themselves to attack advertisements. And there are plenty of issues to be exploited.

    But the ridiculous campaign that the Donald Trump forces have been running about Hillary Clinton’s health is sleazy even by the low standards of politics.

  • A loss of innocence

    Like most New Mexicans, we were heartbroken on Wednesday when we heard that a 10-year-old girl had been raped and murdered in Northwest Albuquerque and that the child’s mother, the mother’s boyfriend and another woman had been arrested.

    Then the horrific details of the crime began to emerge, and the full magnitude of the evil that was visited on little Victoria Martens left us stunned.

    The Albuquerque Journal detailed the horror in its Friday edition, citing police affidavits as its source:

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 26, 2016

    THUMBS UP! SHE DOESN’T GET OLDER, ONLY BETTER
    At age 93, Las Vegas’ own Living Legend, Antonia Apodaca, doesn’t miss a beat as she plays her accordion. The local icon drew quite a bit of publicity recently when she performed at the Nuestra Musica program at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. The program in which Apodaca appeared was televised on KNME, channel 5.

    THUMBS UP! TRAVELING IN STYLE

  • DOJ decision a milestone

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was originally published on Sunday.

    The Justice Department’s decision to begin phasing out the use of private prisons is at once a milestone in criminal justice reform and an acknowledgment that the benefits of privatizing government functions were greatly oversold.

  • A victory for transparency

    Proponents of open government won a significant victory last week when a district judge in Santa Fe ordered Corizon Health to release settlement agreements it has entered into with inmates in the state’s prison system.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 19, 2016

    THUMBS UP! LEUKEMIA VICTIM GETTING HELP

  • Investigation warranted

    We’re glad that state oversight agencies finally have Luna Community College under a microscope.

    Allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and cronyism have been raised at Luna ever since the college’s current board of trustees and president rose to power roughly two years ago.

    It’s not difficult to understand why when you consider the major policy shifts board members enacted and the decision to suspend their presidential search in favor of giving the job to Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, a man with a troubling history at the college.