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Standardized testing needs to be debated

April 2, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the ACLU often takes up issues of great consequence, and this may be one of those times. Last week in a federal court filing, the American Civil Liberties Union took up the issue of free speech and due process in public schools, specifically as it relates to standardized testing. In [&hellip...

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Conservation support can come on your license plate

April 2, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

If you believe in wildlife conservation like I do, there is a new inexpensive way to support New Mexico wildlife conservation, thanks to the Department of Game and Fish. There is a new beautiful mule deer “Share with Wildlife” license plate available for...

Tearing down barriers to Cuba

April 1, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

The Panama City News Herald A photograph that emerged from Tuesday’s meeting between Cuban President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama perfectly captured the mixed emotions regarding the future of U.S.-Cuba relations: Castro holding aloft President...

Lax gun laws keep our police in crosshairs

March 31, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

The Northwest Florida Daily News At a time when the nation’s violent crime rate is comparatively low, an alarming counter-trend is drawing notice: fatal shootings of police. This past week alone, several law enforcement personnel were slain and others...

Controversial topics feared in Roswell’s schools

March 31, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

During my sophomore year of high school, a student at Roswell High School committed suicide. Her death shocked and hurt everyone in Roswell, even among those who didn’t know her. Why hadn’t she talked to a friend? A teacher? A counselor? Perhaps she...

No matter my path, I will always remember Mama

March 30, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

One of the most amazing summer’s of my life was the summer after high school I spent traveling in Pakistan, to Karachi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Jhelum and the beautiful mountain town of Murree. Though I didn’t know it then, that summer was a foreshadowing of...

Europe’s refugee crisis after Brussels

March 30, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

The Jacksonville Daily News Amid all the presidential campaign rhetoric about border security, it’s easy for Americans to forget that some nations have bigger problems than we do. Uninvited foreigners have been pouring into Europe for more than a year,...

Border concerns cause stir in Hidalgo County

March 29, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

There aren’t a lot of people living in the southwestern corner of the state that borders Arizona and Mexico, known as New Mexico’s Bootheel. But that didn’t stop hundreds of area residents from finding their way to Animas earlier this month for a...

Right strategy needed for the war on terror

March 29, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

The Jacksonville Daily News We’ve been here too many times before — pondering what to do after terrorists unleash carnage — and the challenges haven’t changed a molecule. Bombings within an hour of each other last Tuesday, March 22 in the airport and...

Adults have a duty to those in their care

March 26, 2016 • EditorialComments (0)

Last week, the front page of this newspaper included seemingly unrelated stories, yet with a common thread running through each. The articles were about the city’s animal shelter and a proposed ordinance to address excessive school absences in Roswell’s...