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Editorials

  • An important decision

    We have published a few letters to the editor from individuals urging the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education to keep Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez because bringing someone new in at this point would be disruptive.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 31, 2014

    THUMBS UP! MAKING A MARK
    Congratulations to John Fernandez for winning the Corrido of the Year award at the New Mexico Hispano Music Association awards show earlier this month. At that same awards show, Robertson High School student Estrella Gutierrez was awarded Youth Song of the Year. And Mariachi Paisano del Valle took the top spot as Mariachi Song of the Year for the song “Quedamos Como Amigos,” sung by Benny S. Ortiz and RHS graduate Marissa Baca. It’s great to see these talented individuals being recognized.

  • Making a difference

    It started modestly a scant six years ago as an organization to promote education and literacy in northern New Mexico. Today, it has grown manifold.
    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico just concluded its Sixth Annual Literacy Fair, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, and attendance and participation broke records, making Saturday’s fair the largest ever.
    The event drew 23 organizations, ranging from local service clubs to Carnegie and Donnelly libraries to public schools, Head Start, the Catholic Daughters and Books for Bikes.

  • We must do better

    There’ been a lot of debate about the role standardized tests play in our education system. Many contend that standardized tests don’t provide an accurate picture of what students have learned and that it’s unfair to evaluate teachers based on how their students perform on those tests.

    Those criticisms may be valid. But standardized tests aren’t the only indicators suggesting that New Mexico students aren’t making the grade in the classroom.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 24, 2014

    THUMBS UP! FORESTRY PROGRAM ACCREDITED
    The Society of American Foresters has granted accreditation to Highlands University’s Forestry Program. That’s great news because it makes Highlands the first university in the state to offer an accredited forestry degree and the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the country to offer an accredited forestry degree. Congratulations to everyone at Highlands who worked hard to make it happen.

    THUMBS UP! NEW SHERIFF

  • Dam project is critical

    The city of Las Vegas received some good news last week with the announcement by the state Environment Department that Las Vegas is being included in the department’s water and waste water capital outlay request.

    Specifically, the agency is seeking $1.95 million to fund the expansion of the city’s effluent water reuse system. The agency is seeking an additional $1.9 million to fix the city’s old water distribution lines.

  • A man of peace

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial appeared in the Jan. 21, 2013 Optic.

    On this holiday in which we remember a man who gave his life for “a more perfect union,” we should also remember how he acted. He was a man who lived in violent times, yet his response was peaceful.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 17, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING
    The school shooting in Roswell on Tuesday is another sad reminder that tragedy can strike anywhere and at any time. Police say that a 12-year-old boy opened fire at a Roswell middle school. A boy was shot in the face while a girl was shot in the arm. Our prayers go out to those in Roswell personally affected.

    THUMBS UP! GOOD PUBLICITY

  • Don’t lower standards

    A state representative from Albuquerque has pre-filed a bill that would make it easier for high school students to graduate from high school, a move that we believe undermines attempts to reform our state’s struggling education system.

  • Thorough probe needed

    There’s no denying that the signs of abuse and neglect were there long before 9-year-old Omaree Varela of Albuquerque died, allegedly at the hands of his mother.

    The boy was kicked to death on Dec. 27, and police have arrested 38-year-old Synthia Varela-Casaus on a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

    The tragic death has raised questions about whether authorities — specifically police, the Albuquerque district attorney’s office and state Children, Youth and Families Department caseworkers — dropped the ball.