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Today's Opinions

  • Regents must choose wisely

    Roughly four dozen candidates applied to be Highlands University’s next president, and the Presidential Search Committee has whittled that pool down to six finalists. Now comes the hard part: Figuring out which of those six is the best fit for Highlands.

    It will likely be the most important decision this Highlands Board of Regents will make.

    Selecting the wrong person could set the institution back years — think Manny Aragon and Selimo Rael. By contrast, we’re confident that the institution will thrive if regents select wisely.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 22, 2015
  • Work of Art: Honoring the honor code

    We thought we’d moved to a different world the first time my wife and I, with our 3-months-old son, drove in to Charlottesville, Va. I had received a fellowship to study English at the University of Virginia and was thrilled at the prospect.

    It was a great experience, in the early ‘70s, meeting and studying under people like Fredsen Bowers, a Shakespeare scholar; Douglas Day, UVa’s “renaissance man”; and Ed Hirsch, who authored the “Cultural Literacy” series, an academic best-seller.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 20, 2015
  • Reform is needed

    The figure is staggering.

    A report released by State Auditor Tim Keller last month states that there is $4.5 billion in unspent money just sitting around in the accounts of various state agencies. That’s a lot of money, particularly given that the entire state budget is about $6.2 billion.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A week on the pages of small-town newspapers

    Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, N.M., I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism.

    It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes more than 15 newspapers around the state, along with a news-savvy radio station broadcasting out of Santa Fe.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 17, 2015

    THUMBS UP! H.U. ATHLETE AMONG WORLD’S BEST
    We marvel at the athleticism displayed by Highlands track and field star Salcia Slack, whose performance in a recent heptathlon places her third in the world. She turned in a stellar performance in hurdles, long jump, high jump, javelin and shot put. As if that weren’t enough, she ran the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.92. We also salute her coach, Bob DeVries, who knows how to attract and cultivate talent.

    THUMBS UP! A SUCCESSFUL FOOD DRIVE

  • Editorial cartoon - April 17, 2015