New Mexicans can take pride in donor rate

Here's a list New Mexico can be proud to almost top: the one where its licensed drivers have outpaced all but five other states in registering to save/improve the lives of others. The state has been recognized as sixth in the nation for its efforts in 2010 to get driver's license applicants to register as […]

Jail personnel needs should be reviewed

Roosevelt County commissioners recently rejected a request to increase nursing services at the jail. The idea of detention officers passing out medication is somewhat off-putting, but more importantly we are not convinced the only solution is to double taxpayers' monthly costs, as proposed. Detention Center Administrator David Casanova said two of his officers spend about […]

Editorial: Terms for teachers’ strike to be finalized soon

Word is the Chicago teachers will actually teach this week and not continue their picket line charade parades of the past week while parents of the city's 350,000 public school students had to scramble to arrange temporary child care or miss work.Terms of the proposed four-year contract reportedly are being finalized this weekend, say officials […]

Editorial: Respect for all result of Portales prayer decision

Thank you, Mike Doerr, for showing respect to everyone involved in Portales City League Sports. His decision to ban coach-led prayer at games is not only a wise legal move, it's the right thing to do. We've seen the Facebook comments from those who claim the city is "taking God out of everything," but we […]

Postal Service has no business in advertising

An editorial from the National Newspaper Association: The newspaper business — both small and large papers — has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to purposely entice advertising out of the newspaper so ads can be placed instead with USPS favored stakeholder Valassis Inc., which bought direct […]

Editorial: New technology will aid cancer treatments

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center is adding a new tool to its kit to diagnose and fight cancer. This fall the center will be among the first of a small number of sites worldwide to acquire a technology that can sequence an entire human genome in half a day for about $1,000. Whole […]

Editorial: Shortage of doctors scary reality

Consider it a perfect storm of supply not meeting demand. Not only does Medicare reimburse doctors about 45 percent of what commercial insurance pays, but an estimated 78 million baby boomers — Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — will be joining the Medicare rolls in the next 20 years. And if a recent survey […]

Always nice to see spotlight shine on New Mexico

"Growing up, I never imagined a girl from a border town could one day become a governor. But this is America. Y, en America todo es posible." — Gov. Susana Martinez, speaking at the Republican National Convention Political affiliations or beliefs aside, we were proud of our governor as she used her prime-time spot at […]

Authorities should throw book at ethically challenged horse trainers

Jess A Zoomin should have run in Monday's $2.4 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. But instead of racing for one of the sport's richest purses, the 2-year-old sorrel gelding had to be euthanized on Aug. 17 after breaking down at a race at the Ruidoso track. Jess A Zoomin had been the second-fastest […]

Editorial: Congress failing to stop next recession

There's not only another recession on the horizon, but your U.S. Congress is helping put it there. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted recently that continued inaction on tax and spending policy by Congress "would lead to economic conditions in 2013 that will probably be considered a recession." Bush-era tax rates are set to expire […]