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Change needed for schools to remain viable

Change is hard. It’s really hard when you’re talking about a system that has part of its basic architecture enshrined in the state constitution and all of it ingrained in the social and economic fabric of communities across the state. But change...

 

Selfless child would willingly have given organs

Last week, it was crystal clear where 6-year-old Joel Anthony Suina got his loving and giving nature. A shocking April traffic accident with an Albuquerque Police Department cruiser in the Northeast Heights injured Anthony, his sister and mother....

 

McCain to be commended for rousing speech

Just 12 days after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye — a surgery that revealed he has an aggressive brain tumor — Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, delivered a 15-minute speech to his fellow senators that was as inspirationa...

 

AG jumped the gun suing Presbyterian before audit's done

In a classic New Mexico case of “Ready, Fire, Aim,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has filed a lawsuit accusing Presbyterian Healthcare Services of defrauding the state and possibly engaging in criminal conduct as part of a... Full story

 

Trump's good moves lost in his behavior

Americans have always been proud we live in a country where anybody can grow up to become president. Barack Obama is an excellent example: A biracial kid raised by his white grandparents of modest means who became leader of the free world. Agree or...

 

Prisons in need of formal policy for breast-feeding

Given the number of female inmates being held in New Mexico prisons — 753 or 10.4 percent of the state’s total prison population — and the increase in breast-feeding lawsuits in the past decade, it’s surprising the New Mexico Department of Co...

 

State tax rate 'absolutely matter' to business interests

It would be easy to take the simplistic view that lowering New Mexico’s top corporate income rate from 7.6 percent to 5.9 percent over a five-year period as part of a 2013 business tax overhaul is costing New Mexico a lot of money. It would also...

 

Neither side blameless for political fire

The partisan rancor and toxic incivility that have gripped the nation since last year’s presidential campaign spilled over into bloodshed last Wednesday. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen practicing for a...

 

Mueller should address conflict issues publicly

Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to investigate whether there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign was greeted with general approval by both sides of the political aisle. Mueller, after all, was considered a...

 

Partisan games keep state from moving forward

Once again, perceived vagaries in New Mexico law — and animosity between Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democrat-majority Legislature — have led to district court. This time, the Legislative Council — which authorized a lawsuit in April in an...

 

Audits of tax revenues need not be partisan

Imagine the impact on your personal finances if your monthly income fluctuated by double-digit percentages from month to month, even though you worked the same hours every week at the same rate of pay. That’s precisely what happens to New Mexico mu...

 

Gross receipts tax study must not collect dust

Although legislators decided against overhauling our exemption-ridden gross receipts tax system during the recent regular and special sessions, they did earmark $400,000 to study it. “The people of New Mexico will be watching to see if this...

 

NATO, Merkel's feathers needed good ruffling

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, unhappy with President Donald Trump after last month’s meetings, declared last Sunday that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” That’s good news for American taxpayers, the world and Trump....

 

State budget like terrible movie rerun

There’s nothing like spending 62 days on the public’s dime kicking a can down the road. That’s what Santa Fe did in the regular 2017 session, and it’s what it did in the two days of special session last week. As Senate Majority Whip Michael...

 

Guardianship system needs to ax secrets

There is no shortage of things that need to be fixed in New Mexico’s system of guardianships and conservatorships for people who are declared incapacitated. But without question, the excessive secrecy that shrouds the system ranks high on the list....

 

Mueller right man for Trump investigation

Some sanity was injected into the political hysteria engulfing Washington, D.C., last week when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein selected former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead an investigation into whether the Trump...

 

'Passing the trash' a big problem in our school system

The recent indictment of Gary Gregor, a former Santa Fe and Española grade-school teacher, has brought his unfortunate professional history around the West back into focus. Now, again, parents and taxpayers in New Mexico — and maybe elsewhere —...

 

Soda tax won't deter obesity, sugar habits

Santa Fe voters turned out in record numbers last week and soundly defeated a proposed 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks that Mayor Javier Gonzales hoped would put an extra 1,000 kids in pre-kindergarten classes for free or at cut-rate...

 

State, federal pot conflicts unavoidable

The conflict inherent in having states allow the use of marijuana while the federal government does not is playing out in New Mexico, and it begs an interesting question about legislative intent. The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission,...

 

There's reason to be skeptical of DOE project

By tabling a vote on whether they will support a U.S. Department of Energy plan to drill a 3-mile-deep borehole on private property to test the feasibility of burying nuclear waste in deep wells, Otero County commissioners joined a growing list of...

 

UNM coach made memorable first impression

First impressions matter, and Paul Weir certainly made a memorable one when he was introduced last week as the new University of New Mexico head basketball coach. Meticulously dressed, well-spoken — he even quoted the Greek philosopher Atticus —...

 

Political fights could impact Senate negatively

As messy as the political battle got — GOP transgression, Democrat retaliation, an unprecedented partisan filibuster and, finally, the “nuclear option” — the U.S. Supreme Court has a highly qualified new justice on its bench. Unfortunately, t...

 

Federal budget puts state water systems at risk

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget eliminates a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that provides millions of dollars in grants and loans to small water and wastewater systems. It would have a devastating effect on parts of...

 

School heads salaries need to be realigned

It’s doubtful state Auditor Tim Keller is the only person whose jaw dropped after learning the husband-wife team who head the GREAT Academy charter school in Albuquerque draw salaries totaling $305,652 a year — an amount stratospherically higher...

 

Here's hoping branching out brings innovators

The New Mexico Department of Tourism is on the move, not just promoting the state’s natural beauty and many attractions, but also highlighting the potential for entrepreneurs to consider the state as a great place to locate a business. In...

 

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