Editorial: Portales police plagued with problems

At first, problems reported at the Portales Police Department appeared barely beyond ordinary, the kinds of things many small-town law agencies face as they train officers with limited experience. But recently there have surfaced incidents of a far more serious nature: An officer had his wife with him when he crashed his police car running […]

Editorial: Congratulations, thanks belong to Doc Elder

Donald "Doc" Elder has brought multiple accolades to eastern New Mexico. The latest was announced this week: The Portales history professor by day is the Lone Star Conference Broadcaster of the Year. In June, Eastern New Mexico University's golden voice was named to the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. We offer congratulations for […]

N.M. scientists’ work should be applauded

If you needed further proof that New Mexico is a hotbed for scientific research, here it is. This week six researchers with New Mexico ties will be among 96 U.S. researchers to receive the 2011 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor awarded by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers […]

Editorial: Bogus reports shows NMFA lacks control

Ten of the 11-member New Mexico Finance Authority board are appointed by the governor. Four are members of Gov. Susana Martinez' own cabinet. The Authority's CEO, Rick May, served in her cabinet until assuming his NMFA post nearly a year ago. So you might think the Martinez administration would have had its ducks in a […]

Editorial: Longer prison sentences costly for states

J ails and prisons are there for a reason: to keep the public safe, to deter crime, bring a sense of justice and responsibility, and, hopefully, reform offenders. A new report suggests that cash-strapped states could save millions of dollars by reducing sentences for nonviolent crimes without risking an increase in crime. The numbers of […]

Editorial: Search for new police chief will take time

Portales is preparing to hire a new police chief for the first time in 19 years. It's nice to hear City Manager Tom Howell say the process may take months, that he'll select a committee to help sort through the applicants and their qualifications and that he doesn't care if the next chief comes from […]

Editorial: ID plan could disenfranchise potential voters

F or five days this month, Texas presented its best arguments for why its Voter ID law does not discriminate against minorities. The federal government offered its own critical assessment. The political nature of this national debate over access to the polls, which largely pits Republicans against Democrats, predictably resulted in widely divergent analyses. Before […]

Editorial: Keep teachers’ information confidential

What would you say if your employer was handing over your personal information — name, home address, home phone number, Social Security number and work experience — to a special interest group you didn't belong to so it could send you political mail? Welcome to the ranks of nonunion teachers employed by Albuquerque Public Schools. […]

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Texas, one of 27 states that opposed the federal health care act in court, actually won something from the Supreme Court's decision (last month) upholding the legislation. The court sided with Texas in preserving a state's right to refuse what would have been a forcible expansion of Medicaid to cover low-income people not already covered […]

Editorial: Legislators must keep public’s business public

R epublican and Democratic leaders of the New Mexico Legislature maintain they don't have to comply with the state's Inspection of Public Records Act — at least when it comes to conducting state business on their personal email addresses. Why? Because legislators are different. Way to work across the aisle for a change. This rare […]

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 […]