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Editorials

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 11, 2013

    THUMBS UP! MUSTARD SEED STARTS OFF SMALL
    The mustard seed, so the biblical account goes, starts small but grows to be the biggest of all garden plants. That’s the same reasoning of the First United Presbyterian Church, whose Mustard Seed program supports many local projects by providing startup funds. Thursday’s well-attended enchilada dinner, sponsored by the church, has for years funneled its funds to worthy projects. In addition to getting a good meal, ticket-buyers helped support important local projects and programs.

  • Yet another scandal

    The more things change the more they seem to stay the same at the Mora Independent School District, and that’s unfortunate.
    The latest chapter involves the chief financial officer hired by the district a few months ago. School finance officials are required to be licensed through the state Public Education Department.
    The woman the district hired, Joanne Dawn Biagianti, allowed her license to expire. Normally, that’s not that big a deal. The state, after all, provides a grace period for individuals to come into compliance.

  • Support non-profits

    One of the great things about Las Vegas is the many organizations here that work hard to provide opportunities to area residents and to make our community a better place to live.

    Among those organizations are the First Presbyterian Church Mustard Seed program, Habitat for Humanity and the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation. Each of these groups is currently raising money to further its mission, and each one is worthy of your support.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 2, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
    It’s unfortunate that 800,000 federal employes, including several who reside in this area, are on furlough just because our elected officials can’t get their act together and pass a budget. This is a potential disaster for the economy and an outrageous example of the gridlock that pervades Washington, D.C. these days.

    THUMBS DOWN! MORE SCANDAL AT MORA SCHOOLS

  • Shame on Congress

    Here we are at the start of another federal fiscal year and still no budget.

    For about 800,000 federal workers deemed “non-essential” that means forced furloughs. For members of the public it means closures of national parks and monuments and other federal agencies, and fears that an already weak economy will get even weaker.

    Worse yet, it’s a sign that our elected officials in Washington may just be irresponsible enough to refuse to raise the debt ceiling, a move that would force our nation to default on its financial obligations.

  • Invest in children

    A three-day series in last week’s Albuquerque Journal highlighted the growing sentiment that states need to invest in early childhood programs and even prenatal care in order to gain ground in student achievement.

    It’s an important topic and one we should all pay attention to, given that New Mexico has long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom. Indeed, the 2013 National Kids Count Data Book ranks New Mexico last in overall child well being.

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

    THUMBS DOWN! DRUG DEALER GOT WHAT HE DESERVED
    Anselmo “Chemo” Ortiz, 22, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for dealing crack cocaine and distributing prescription narcotics. Drug dealers prey on the vulnerable in our community, getting them hooked and then profiting off of their misery. As such, they deserve no mercy when they go before a judge for sentencing, and we’re glad that this guy is going away for a long time.

    THUMBS UP! PROMOTING LAS VEGAS  

  • Gary King is right

    Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King are at odds over who should have final say on whether same-sex marriages are legal in New Mexico.

    Martinez, who personally believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, says voters should decide the issue through a constitutional amendment. King, a Democrat, argues that the courts should decide the matter since it is a civil rights issue.

    We agree with King.

  • Yet another standoff

    Here we go again.

    With seven days left before the end of the federal fiscal year, the politicians in Washington, D.C., are once again playing Russian Roulette with the economy.

    In order to avert a government shutdown, Congress and President Obama must sign off on a budget. Seems simple enough, right?

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

    THUMBS DOWN! OVERDOSE DEATHS