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Editorials

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! - INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE; BOARD DECISION. We agree with the decision to keep Las Vegas City School District board members off the superintendent search committee. The committee needs to be removed from the politics that school board members might bring to the table; and besides, the school board will make the ultimate decision anyway. To keep the search committee independent should instill public confidence that the candidates are being screened according to their qualifications, not by their connections.

  • Legislative bills we like

    Last December, a great new feature went online in the form of the Sunshine Portal, a website designed to provide greater accountability and transparency in New Mexico government. State Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque,  sponsor of the legislation that created the site, said the concept was to create a “one-stop shop” to see where state agencies are spending taxpayers’ money.

  • A couple of bad ideas

    When Gov. Bill Richardson was first elected more than eight years ago, he pledged an open government. It didn’t exactly happen. And when Gov. Susana Martinez was elected last year, she made essentially the same promise. She’s not off to such a bad start in that regard, but only time will tell if her administration is serious about keeping state government open to public scrutiny. More often, a politician is far more committed to openness when running for office than when in office.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! LOTS OF EXPLAINING TO DO. Las Vegas gets its natural gas out of Colorado, but many other northern New Mexico communities, like Taos and Española, aren’t so lucky these days. Thousands of people have been enduring cold days and nights without their primary heating fuel, and it’s put New Mexico Gas Co. on the hot seat. Momentum is growing for legislative hearings to explore how such a sudden and unexpected shortage of natural gas occurred out of western Texas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! LOTS OF EXPLAINING TO DO. Las Vegas gets its natural gas out of Colorado, but many other northern New Mexico communities, like Taos and Española, aren’t so lucky these days. Thousands of people have been enduring cold days and nights without their primary heating fuel, and it’s put New Mexico Gas Co. on the hot seat. Momentum is growing for legislative hearings to explore how such a sudden and unexpected shortage of natural gas occurred out of western Texas.

  • Level 5 leadership

    Have you ever heard of Level 5 leadership? It’s a concept that was first advanced by business consultant and author Jim Collins in his book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap And Others Don’t. And while the Las Vegas City Schools district isn’t a business, the concept is a good one to consider when hiring the district’s next superintendent.

  • Climate change

    The scientific consensus is that humans are probably causing climate change (also known as global warming because that’s where the problem begins). But the economic and poltical consensus seems to be that we can’t do anything about it — at least not fast enough.

    In other words, it may be too late to stop it.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    IT WAS SO COLD THAT ...

    • People were leaving their freezer doors open just to warm up.

    • We saw someone rubbing two icicles together, hoping for a spark.

    • That place where all the bad people go really did freeze over.

  • Police and force

    Maybe it’s just whom we run with, but we’ve spoken with no one who thinks the city made a bad decision in hiring Christian Montaño as chief of the Las Vegas Police Department. We suspect that’s because of his professional demeanor, his top-notch training and his apparent dedication to his “calling” to serve and protect. We hope and expect him to do well at his new post.

  • A good day to vote

    In 2007, not long after this newspaper broke a story about an adults-only party thrown with West Las Vegas School District money, voters decided to change the leadership by electing three newcomers to the school board. Of the three open positions in that election, two incumbents seeking re-election were thrown out and three challengers — Gary Gold, Caroline Lopez and Kenny Lujan — were voted in, and a new majority took hold.