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Delaying tax issue costs NM jobs, income

Legislative Democrats are champing at the bit to raise revenue, and one way to do it is to remove exemptions to the state’s dysfunctional and burdensome gross receipts tax system. Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez campaigned on a pledge...

 

Focus of exam changes should be on students

Some conspiracy-minded educators who sit on the state Legislature’s Education Study Committee seem to think it’s their job to rewrite the U.S. history exam administered to New Mexico students at the end of the school year. Matt Montaño, the...

 

Public records access best protection for state's mentally ill

We have a two-word response to the dangerously misguided legislation being proposed by state Rep. Gail Chasey that would greatly restrict public access to police videos of people with mental illness. “James Boyd.” Despite Chasey’s...

 

AG accusations of Presbyterian fraud unfounded

When New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his lawsuit against Presbyterian Healthcare Services in a July 11 news conference, he said the company had “engaged in a 15-year fraudulent enterprise,” had claimed more than $754...

 

We must have zero tolerance for IRS antics

Despite the repeated denials and righteous indignation, what many suspected turned out to be true: The IRS under the Obama administration targeted groups for their conservative political views. It’s something that should concern all Americans,...

 

Amending best process for new bail bond system

Should the constitutional amendment that voters overwhelmingly approved last year to reform the bail bond system in New Mexico be repealed and replaced as advocated by Gov. Susana Martinez and others? No. Should the system that has been put in place...

 

Shedding light on problem clergy good place to start

It took a court order, but the Archdiocese of Santa Fe this month released nearly 1,000 pages from its personnel files that shed additional light on the unconscionable actions of three pedophile priests over three decades — and the extraordinary...

 

Good luck to native Astros in big games

New Mexicans have a little extra incentive to tune in to World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s not often we get to watch a couple of hometown boys play on baseball’s biggest stage. Two key members of the American...

 

Public crystal clear on school science changes

New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski did his cause no favors Monday by skipping a public hearing on his department’s controversial changes to proposed science standards. Ruszkowski’s stunning absence...

 

Texico example worth following for state schools

Activists, local education bureaucrats and teacher unions have been fully on board with the mantra that we just don’t spend enough taxpayer dollars on K-12 education in New Mexico. This is in spite of that fact that when it comes to per-student spe...

 

Proposed tax cuts will help in long run

It’s important that Congress come to terms on a meaningful tax-cut package that also simplifies the system. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are calling for a package of tax cuts that are, in fact, needed to make America more...

 

DA proposals middle ground on bail rules

When the New Mexico Supreme Court approved new pretrial detention rules earlier this year — rules designed to help judges determine whether a criminal defendant should be held without bail — it was anticipated that as the sweeping reforms were...

 

Feds need clear monument plan before acting

The leaked draft of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to President Trump on 27 national monuments — including the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument west of...

 

Gallup-area H.S. secretary killed in Vegas shooting

ALBUQUERQUE — A high school secretary from Gallup with family ties to Clovis was among those killed in the mass shooting Sunday night at a Las Vegas, Nev., country music festival. Gallup-McKinley...

 

NFL decisions belong solely with owner

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — Evelyn Beatrice Hall, paraphrasing Voltaire By calling out National Football League players for not standing during the national anthem, and using profanity...

 

Science standard changes mistake, bad for business

Many in New Mexico — home to three research universities, three national labs and a penchant for attracting high-tech companies — are aghast that their Public Education Department plans to veer away from hard science in its classrooms. With good...

 

Domenici was a true servant of state, country

Pete Domenici was relaxed and waxing philosophical about another time.A time when the United States had won the Cold War, and the old Soviet Union was in dissolution and disarray. But that victory, a triumph for Ronald Reagan over the Kremlin and...

 

Base decision making should be independent

Bad Idea of the Week: Eliminating the presidentially appointed, nine-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission and relying instead on the Department of Defense and General Accounting Office to decide which U.S. military installations will be...

 

Trump correct to end DACA, force solution

As expected, the Trump administration announced Tuesday it will phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. It protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young immigrants who as children were brought here...

 

Holding budget hostage for wall pure nonsense

Last week, President Trump raised the possibility of shutting down the federal government unless Congress agrees to fund his “big, beautiful border wall” along the 1,989-mile U.S.-Mexico border — a wall he still says Mexico will pay for,...

 

Man came face to face with shooting suspect

CLOVIS — Lupe Aguirre had just watched his wife and stepson walk into the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Monday afternoon. A few minutes later, a family came running out of the building, screaming...

 

Pearce's dollars for 2018 need judge's ruling

We thought a federal court settled it in 1996. Or that the N.M. Secretary of State’s Office did last year. So why is it taking so long to get an answer in 2017? U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican, has filed a federal lawsuit against New Mexico...

 

Permanent funds not meant for 'rainy day' raids

A bullish stock market and improved oil revenues boosted New Mexico’s largest permanent funds by $2.1 billion last fiscal year, meaning an extra $61 million will go into state coffers this fiscal year, which began July 1. And like a kid in a candy...

 

Charlottesville tragedy a string of mistakes

It is deeply regrettable that we, as a nation, have given the minuscule, barely-on-the-fringe white supremacist movement the very notoriety its bigoted disciples crave by mishandling a “march” protesting the planned removal of a statue of...

 

VA system fails again with Gulf War veterans

They have yet to define it and haven’t trained enough people to diagnose it. So it’s little wonder the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs finds itself ill-equipped to deal with Gulf War Illness — a multi-symptom malady linked to military...

 

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