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Editorials

  • Target licenses

    A Rio Rancho lawmaker wants to change state law so that students who are habitually cutting class could lose their driver’s licenses.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that State Sen. Craig Brandt has already filed a bill in advance of the legislative session that begins Jan. 21.

    Brandt told the newspaper he believes it’s time to hold teens who habitually play hookey responsible for their actions, saying, “They hold dear their driver’s license. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Being able to lose that privilege is huge.”

  • Let’s choose transparency

    If you’ve been keeping up with the issues that are likely to come up when the Legislature convenes in a few weeks, then you might have heard about a proposal to keep the names of applicants for key local government jobs secret.

    The New Mexico Municipal League approved a resolution in August, supporting such a change in state law.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 27, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY
    There’s been no shortage of generosity this holiday season. Las Vegas police went door to door delivering toys and food baskets in several neighborhoods last week. Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club distributed countless toys to children on its own. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Association also bought clothing and toys for needy children this year. And that’s just scratching the surface. We’re lucky to live in a community where people care about one another.

    THUMBS UP! A GOOD PICK

  • One Solitary Life

    Editor’s note: This initially ran in the Optic on Dec. 24, 2012:

  • An important ruling

    The state Supreme Court made history Thursday with its ruling that same-sex couples have a right to enter into civil marriages.

    With the issuance of that opinion, New Mexico became the 17th state in the nation to allow gay marriage.

    We applaud the justices for seeing through the razor-thin arguments proffered by opponents of same-sex unions, mainly that allowing them would somehow weaken the institution of marriage and that they shouldn’t be allowed because such unions can’t produce children.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 20, 2013

    THUMBS UP! DECORATIONS ARE UP
    It may have taken a while, but the city Christmas tree is finally up at the old Safeway parking lot, and the lights are up at Plaza and Carnegie parks. We thank Editha Bartley and her family for donating the gorgeous tree and we thank the city workers who finished putting up the holiday decorations around town. It finally feels like the holidays have arrived.

    THUMBS DOWN! ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 20, 2013
  • Holding NSA accountable

    We’ve made no secret about our concerns that the federal government has been overstepping its constitutional authority in the way it collects data on all Americans.

    On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans telephone records probably violates the U.S. Constitutions ban on unreasonable searches. And the judge took things a step further, saying that the federal government failed to cite even one instance in which the controversial program stopped an imminent terrorist attack.

  • Resignation was justified

    It’s unfortunate to see an elected official forced out of office before the end of his term, but in the case of Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza it is long overdue.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 13, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A GENEROUS DONATION
    Southwest Capital Bank is donating $3,500 to the Mora schools for its mariachi program. The money will go a long way toward the $5,000 needed to complete the group’s uniforms. We’re glad to see a local business stepping up and helping its neighbors.

    THUMBS DOWN! A SENSELESS TRAGEDY