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Editorials

  • Force the disclosures

    History may show that one of the worst U.S. Supreme Court decisions ever made occurred last year, when the high court ruled that the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 violated corporations’ and unions’ First Amendment rights. The ruling essentially gave these monied interests the same free-speech protections as afforded to individual citizens, thereby allowing unlimited amounts of money to flow into political advertising as a way to manipulate elections.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    Thumbs up! GREAT RECOGNITION. The West Las Vegas school district was honored at the State Capitol last week because four of its elementary schools were named among the top 20 schools in the state serving the needs of English language learners. The Don Cecilio Martinez, Tony Serna, Union and Valley elementary schools shared in West’s honor. The ceremony was part of the Bilingual Education Day at the State Legislature, and West was the only district to have four schools listed.

  • Let ‘em build

    We’re not convinced Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc. can fully deliver on plans to build a new store at Grand Avenue and Seventh Street. But that’s not a good enough reason to stand in the way of the project.

  • Excuses, excuses

    State education officials revoked the licenses of 22 teachers last year, 13 of whom were accused of sexual misconduct, according to an Albuquerque Journal report last week. But since Jay Quintana isn’t on that list, one must wonder if there should be more.

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    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.