Editorial: Supreme Court upholding our right to know

"Transparency is an essential feature of the relationship between the people and their government." — N.M. Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna, in an opinion written for the court Last week the state's highest court made an important — and unanimous — decision limiting who can claim, and what can be kept from the public under […]

Editorial: Atom bomb’s history should be preserved

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House and in the U.S. Senate to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Approval would establish a park with sites in Tennessee, New Mexico and Washington state to preserve, interpret and make accessible the buildings, locations and artifacts related to the building of the atomic bomb. […]

Happy July Fourth: Remember freedom includes responsibility

Today we celebrate freedom. For some of us that means backyard barbecues, pool parties, watching baseball from the recliner or watching fireworks displays at Greene Acres Lake in Clovis or west of Greyhound Arena in Portales. Some also will celebrate our nation's independence with our own fireworks purchased at roadside stands scattered throughout the region. […]

Editorial: Drivers’ education adapting to today’s problems

The older people get, the more they come to appreciate the need to adapt. If you're someone born during the baby boom years after World War II, chances are you know that better than most. You remember the days before color TV, remote controls, cable TV, VCRs, home entertainment systems and a whole host of […]

Editorial: Supreme Court ruling does not fix immigration

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona immigration law, and life as we know it continued. Both sides claimed victory in what amounts to a ruling that changes parts of the controversial law but leaves the nation no closer to an effective strategy to address immigration. While the high court ruling primarily centered on […]

Editorial: Media coverage of missing girl tough call

O ur newspapers received some harsh criticism for failing to provide coverage of a teenage girl who's been missing from her Clovis home since June 7. A few readers posted comments on social media sites claiming we did not report on the story because we did not "care about the child," and that "unless it […]

New Mexico deserves transparent government

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been a loud and proud supporter of government transparency. That's why we're surprised to hear she's been in the middle of recent media reports questioning her actions related to public records. First it was revealed the governor and other high-ranking administration officials discussed state business using email accounts connected […]

Editorial: Defendants pay high price after criminal trials

Those cleared in court shouldn't be wiped out defending themselves. The idea behind our trial-by-jury system is that if you're innocent of the charges against you, you should go free. By free, most people would mean free to go back to your life the way it was before. But as recent comments by Robert Blagojevich, […]

Editorial: Military must take mental health seriously

A disturbing spike in active-duty military suicides, which puts 2012 on pace to set an all-time record, demands a swift and coordinated response from the Pentagon. So far this year, even as the war in Iraq has wound down, the number of U.S. service members taking their own lives has averaged almost one a day […]

Editorial: Military suicides costing more lives than war

A disturbing spike in active-duty military suicides, which puts 2012 on pace to set an all-time record, demands a swift and coordinated response from the Pentagon. So far this year, even as the war in Iraq has wound down, the number of U.S. service members taking their own lives has averaged almost one a day […]