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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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