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Editorials

  • High court will step in

    The state Supreme Court has finally decided to take up the issue of same-sex marriage in New Mexico. It’s about time.
    The high court agreed Friday to hold a hearing on Oct. 23 to hear arguments in the case. The decision came after all 33 county clerks in the state petitioned the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue.
    As it now stands, eight New Mexico counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while the remaining 25 are not.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 6, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! SCANDAL-PLAGUED SHERIFF’S OFFICE

  • Partnership is good for city

    Congratulations to the city of Las Vegas and the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico for coming together to forge a partnership that we believe will benefit our community.

    The city has an animal shelter and a responsibility to deal with stray cats and dogs in our community. The Animal Welfare Coalition is a nonprofit organization that has dedicated itself to ensuring that animals in this area are treated humanely.

  • Kudos to county clerk

    Civil rights in New Mexico have taken a major step forward in the last two weeks, and it’s thanks to individuals like Lynn Ellins, Alan Malott and our own Melanie Rivera.

    We’re speaking about same-sex marriage and the fact that a handful of counties — Doña Ana, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, San Miguel, Valencia and Taos — are now issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 30, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A BUSY WEEKEND

  • Luna deserves better

    From its modest beginnings as Luna Vocational-Technical Institute to its morphing into a bona fide community college, Luna has meant a lot to the area.

    With its nursing and dental programs, the school has sent out scores of licensed practical nurses and registered nurses who populate doctors’ offices in this area and beyond. Similar boasts can be made about the dental program.

    Luna has filled numerous gaps in the areas of vocational training, auto mechanics, wood-working, the liberal arts and sciences.

  • AG is right on drug laws

    Harsh federal mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug crimes have done little to curb the drug problem in this nation, though they have resulted in overcrowded prisons.

    So it’s refreshing to hear Attorney General Eric Holder talking about a more rational approach to dealing with those who break federal drug laws. For instance, he is pledging to no longer charge low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to gangs or large-scale drug operations with offenses that require stiff mandatory sentences.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 23, 2013

    THUMBS UP! MAINSTREET SECURES $75,000 FOR PROJECT
    Congratulations to MainStreet de Las Vegas for securing a $75,000 capital outlay award from the state Economic Development Department. The money is earmarked for renovations of the first floor of the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building on Bridge Street. The goal is to turn the building into a museum to honor the history of the city’s firefighters.

    THUMBS DOWN! EAST POSTPONES ACCREDITATION

  • Unemployed deserve better

    Workers throughout the state pay into a workers compensation fund so that, in the unfortunate event that they end up losing their jobs, they will have an unemployment check to fall back on.

    It’s one of those safety net programs critical for a society because it helps people who are down on their luck to continue buying groceries for their families and paying the rent while they search for new jobs.

  • Merger merits consideration

    Sen. John Arthur Smith is asking the state Higher Education Department to study whether it makes sense to merge New Mexico Highlands University with Luna Community College, and in our view, such a study would be worthwhile.

    Yes, a merger would be complicated, as pointed out by Highlands President Jim Fries. But on the surface, at least, there would seem to be some significant benefits to moving in that direction.