• Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 20, 2017


  • Government secrecy

    State lawmakers will have their hands full this legislative session, figuring out how to plug a projected $69 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year while simultaneously coming up with a budget for next fiscal year.

    With all that needs to be accomplished over the next 60 days, we’re disappointed that a key Senate leader has chosen this time to launch an  attack against the state law that currently makes it clear that the people are entitled to the greatest amount of information possible about their government.

  • Mental illness and gun rights

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Dallas Morning News and was originally published Jan. 10.

    It’s time. Time to talk about the mentally ill and their Second Amendment rights.

    It was time to talk about it back in 2007, after the Virginia Tech massacre. It was time to talk about it in December 2012, after Adam Lanza emerged from his mother’s basement with an armful of weapons and made his bloody way through Sandy Hook Elementary.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 13, 2017

    A Highlands University social faculty member now has a new title. The University has announced the appointment of Christina Duran as the new dean of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work. Duran is no stranger to the area, having served as the school’s interim associate dean since July 2014. She brings impressive credentials to her new position. She earned her Ph.D. degree in American Studies and has a Master’s degree in Social Work from UCLA. We look forward to her assuming duties as dean for the growing department.

  • The scourge of Alzheimer’s

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Portland Press Herald of Maine and was originally published on Jan. 3.

    Alzheimer’s disease is our most expensive illness, costing an estimated $236 billion last year, including nearly 1 in every 5 dollars spent through Medicare.

    It is also one of our most devastating, ripping from seniors the precious memories of their long lives, and taking from friends and family members the person they knew. For all involved, it makes the final months or years before death excruciatingly sad and painful.

  • Sanctioning Russia

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Denver Post and was originally published Dec. 30.

    President Barack Obama’s decision to punish Russia for orchestrating a hacking campaign meant to influence the 2016 election is a welcome move, and one that should be supported by good patriots everywhere.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 6, 2017


  • And so it begins

    House Republicans wasted no time, voting on Monday to advance a rule change that The Associated Press reports would have eviscerated the Office of Congressional Ethics.

    Fortunately, reason has prevailed, at least for now. The proposal, which had been scheduled to be voted on Tuesday, was taken off the table amid a public outcry.

  • Importance of the Press

    Editor’s note: The following is an editorial from the SunSentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was originally published on Dec. 27.  on the importance of the press:

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 30, 2016