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Editorials

  • Require higher GPA

    We are baffled by the criticism that erupts every time one of our state’s universities begins considering increasing its admission standards.
    Regents at New Mexico State University are planning to vote this week on raising the minimum grade point average from 2.5 to 2.75, effective for Fall 2016. Officials at the University of New Mexico are also talking about implementing a similar change there.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 18, 2014

    THUMBS UP! SHOWING RESTRAINT

  • Rail line crucial to area

    Many people have fond, nostalgic recollections of an era of railroads in their home town. They recall the familiar whistle, waving to riders and — if they’re old enough — the sooty residue that belched out of the line’s smokestacks.

    Residents of the streets closest to the Amtrak line, Railroad, Pecos and Commerce, doubtless remember the coal-operated engines that left ashes in their yards.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 11, 2014

    THUMBS UP! TRANSFER STATION ON A ROLL

  • Addressing alcoholism

    It’s no secret that New Mexico has had a longstanding problem with alcohol.

    We are haunted by the countless DWI crashes that have claimed so many innocent lives over the years, including five members of the Collins-Gonzales family who died when their van was hit by wrong-way drunk driver Dana Papst on Interstate 25 in November 2006.

    But there’s another side to this tragedy.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 4, 2014

    THUMBS UP! AN AMAZING ADVOCATE

  • Let’s be civil

    We understand the concern that some in this community have about Gov. Susana Martinez being selected as this year’s grand marshal for the Fourth of July Fiestas parade.

    Martinez has done a great deal to help this community address its precarious water situation, and for that, she deserves our gratitude. But the fact is that this is a gubernatorial election year, and Martinez, a Republican, is running for re-election.

  • The First Amendment

    It’s not unusual for critics of City Hall to show up at Council meetings to vent their frustrations.

    The times that those critics have begun to talk about a specific governing board member or city employee, they have been interrupted by the city attorney and told that they are out of order.

    By contrast, those who show up at Council meetings to praise specific governing body members or city employees are allowed to speak uninterrupted.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 27, 2014

    THUMBS UP! AREA SEARCH AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

  • Making a difference

    In this day and age when there’s so much focus on what’s wrong with our education system, it’s great to hear about a teacher like Jeffery Houdek who is making a difference in his students’ lives.

    Houdek is a Memorial Middle School educator who teaches Algebra I. Statewide, only 50 percent of students who took the Algebra I end-of-course exam last year earned a passing score.

    So how did Houdek’s students do?