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Editorials

  • Pass driver’s license bill

    There are few things most high school students value more than their driver’s licenses, so it stands to reason that the prospect of losing those driving privileges is a surefire way to grab a teen’s attention.

    That’s why we think that legislation proposed by Rep. Jimmie Hall, R-Albuquerque, is a great idea.

    The bill would suspend the driver’s licenses of habitually truant students. Students who haven’t yet gotten their licenses wouldn’t be able to get them if they have spotty attendance records.

  • Clock ticking on insurance

    If you don’t have health insurance and haven’t yet taken advantage of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, time is running out.

    The deadline to enroll in health insurance is Sunday, Feb. 15. Those without health insurance who miss that deadline and don’t qualify for an exemption will have to pay a fine when they file their tax returns.

    The mandate is contained in the Affordable Care Act, the federal law commonly known as Obamacare, which strives to get everyone enrolled in a health insurance plan.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 6, 2015

    THUMBS DOWN! FOLLOW POSTED HOURS
    Signs at the entry to San Miguel County’s various trash-deposit sites show the system’s hours and days of operation, but those hours aren’t always followed. That makes it a bit annoying to customers who may arrive there — their pickup trucks bulging — only to find a locked gate. Remember, it’s neither sanitary nor fashionable to drive around for days with a car or a truck full of trash accumulated from a Super Bowl party.

    THUMBS UP! A GREAT EVENT

  • Vaccinations are critical

    New Mexico Health Department officials are sounding the alarm about children in this state who aren’t vaccinated and who, as a result, are vulnerable to things like measles.

    Prompting the concern is the measles outbreak that is believed to have started in Disneyland last year and that has been confirmed in every state bordering New Mexico.

    State law mandates that children receive the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine before they enroll in school.

  • Thank you, Mr. Balderas

    Kudos to Attorney General Hector Balderas for finally making the Behavioral Health Provider Audit’s Final Report public, something his predecessor refused to do.

    We’re also glad that Balderas, who took over as attorney general just one month ago, is acknowledging that the manner in which the state has handled these allegations was flawed and that improvements have to be made to ensure services that citizens depend on are not disrupted.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 30, 2015

    THUMBS UP! A GREAT OUTCOME

  • End-Of Life Decisions

    The state Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday on whether doctors should be allowed to help competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
    A ruling in the case is likely months away. We hope the judges deciding this case will lean toward compassion on this matter and rule that doctors should be allowed to help end the suffering of a terminally ill patient if that is what the patient wants.

  • Inevitable outcome

    There’s an old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that’s certainly the case with Mora County and its community rights ordinance.

    A divided Mora County Commission adopted the ordinance in 2013. To her credit, Commissioner Paula Garcia voted against the measure.

    Besides permanently banning oil and gas drilling, the ordinance sought to strip corporations of rights the U.S. Supreme Court has determined they are entitled to.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 23, 2015

    THUMBS UP! MLK DAY OF SERVICE
    Roughly 20 people spent part of their Monday working on La Milpa Community Garden as a way to give back to their community and mark Martin Luther King Day. Vista volunteers, community members and United World College-USA students rolled up their sleeves and spent several hours doing everything from putting up a wooden fence and getting rid of invasive weeds. For everyone who did volunteer work, we say thank you. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to making things better for others.

  • Mandate transparency

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting ill and having to go to a hospital for treatment or a procedure, then you’ve likely also experienced anxiety as you wonder what the ordeal is going to cost you.

    Sadly, when it comes to health care costs in New Mexico, consumers are pretty much in the dark until they get the bill in the mail. By then, the expense has already been incurred and there’s little to do but suck it up and fork out your portion of whatever that bill happens to be.