Editorial: Set aside bad, focus on good

Posted 12/27/18

Like most years, 2018 had its share of triumphs and tragedies.

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Editorial: Set aside bad, focus on good


Like most years, 2018 had its share of triumphs and tragedies.

We should remember the bad things that happened during the year, but not dwell on them, using them instead as calls to action or reminders of how precious is each day of life.

On the down side, the Ute Park Fire tested the mettle of Cimarron residents, little Dixon was rocked by a triple homicide, the region suffered under drought and a raid on a compound near Amalia where a little boy had died brought unwelcome national and international attention to the area.

One Taos daughter lost both her mom and dad in separate tragedies within six months of each other. That same tragedy though reminded Taos County residents of just how giving we can be. The community came together from near and far to surround this girl and her brother with love and support.

Among the year’s triumphs, the Taos Tigers won their first-ever 4A football championship, and showed their class both on and off the field. Other student athletes from around the region proved themselves in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Students from around the region have gone about launching radio shows, designing computer apps, winning science awards and generally proving that they can excel.

On another good news front, our regional hospital remains open, despite its financial struggles. Some 84 communities have lost their hospitals in the last few years, so we’re grateful to still have one.

The end of the year is also a good time to thank those who continue to support their family-owned community newspaper. Since 2004, more than 600 newspapers have folded and another 900 have been merged into larger corporations, which often reduce coverage at the local level.

According to recent studies published in social science, political and election journals, the loss of local news coverage leads to less community engagement in elections and higher borrowing costs for municipalities, apparently because lenders worry when no one is a watchdog over government. We believe, as did Thomas Jefferson, that newspapers serve an essential function in democracies.

It takes resources for a community newspaper like ours to keep boots on the ground, dig up data, verify facts, track down sources, take gorgeous photos, create compelling videos and keep you informed as news happens.

We appreciate the advertisers who invest in their community newspaper and see it as a valuable way to reach customers. We value the staff at the press in Santa Fe who work every single day of the year ensuring the regions’ newspapers are printed and the drivers who get the newspapers to towns. We thank the street vendors who stand out in all kinds of weather to sell The Taos News.

We are deeply grateful to the many readers who make the time to express their opinions by sending letters to the editor (yes, some of them still handwritten and requiring us to type them) or posting comments on our website and in social media. We love to see the community engage and even debate each other over the issues that are important to their lives.

We can’t get to every story we would like as quickly as we want to with our small staff. But we will continue to bust our tails trying to do so. We appreciate people who send us tips, give us the heads up about events and keep us on our toes by questioning our coverage. Feel free to share your ideas, tips and complaints with editor@taosnews.com.

In short, Taos News readers, we are ever so grateful for all of you.

Happy New Year.


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