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In search of a coffee (or tea) culture in town

February 3, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

They’re everywhere in Anchorage. Bright pink siding with white trim, or yellow with purple trim, or teal with yellow trim; maybe cedar sided for a more Alaskan rustic look. They have cute names like Heavenly Cup Espresso and Rae Rae’s. Pin-Ups Espresso is located in the parking lot of a downtown strip club. These are [&hellip...

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The latest, and best, ethics commission push

February 2, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Perhaps this will be the year when we actually get some decent ethical standards in place for state officials. It’s a long-running issue that seems to resurface every time someone gets in trouble, but for various political and provincial reasons, nothing...

Narrowing the field to five candidates

February 2, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s presence is drawing unprecedented attention to the Republican presidential contest. But after careful consideration, many new Iowa voters turned to his rivals instead. The political newcomer logged a second-place...

I may be new to town, but the RDR sure isn’t

January 30, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

It’s an exciting new chapter in my life, to return here to the Roswell Daily Record. I’m honored to be following my father, Robert Beck, and brother Cory, as publisher. They loved this newspaper and I do too. Since my father (who now resides in the San...

Legalization hits critical majority

January 30, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

New Mexico’s citizenry is ready to legalize marijuana, according to a recent poll, but it probably won’t make any difference in this current legislative session. But it’s getting closer — whether Gov. Susana Martinez likes it or not. Last week,...

Time for NMMI battle to stop

January 30, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Who was right and who was wrong barely matters anymore. What matters now is that the New Mexico Military Institute is being hurt by the years-long struggle between NMMI and its alumni association, and it needs to end here. Nearly three years ago, NMMI...

Standardized tests not a good gauge of knowledge

January 29, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Time Magazine tracks the earliest use of standardized testing to China in the 1700s, when candidates for government jobs were tested on their knowledge of poetry and philosophy. Since then, many countries have tried the method of standardized testing to track...

Editorial Samplings

January 29, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

The Miami Herald, on immigration and the president: MIAMI, Fla. — It’s no secret that America’s immigration system is a confused and disorderly mess. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to inject a needed dose of clarity into the picture by...

When newspapers cut staffs, democracy suffers

January 27, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

What if the number of personnel in the U.S. military decreased by 10 percent in the past year despite the increasing threats to our sovereignty as a nation and personal safety as citizens? And what if there was no way of ever bringing those numbers back,...

Poverty-stricken kids missing from gov’s agenda

January 26, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Perhaps the harshest and most valid criticism of Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State speech wasn’t so much for what she said as what she didn’t say. She made no mention of child poverty in New Mexico. It’s so relevant to this state’s future...