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Opinion: Another viewpoint: Church must re-earn trust with transparency

In announcing that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe would seek bankruptcy protection, Archbishop John Wester said the action would help ensure fair compensation for sex-abuse victims. His office went on to proclaim in a diocesan letter distributed to the...

 

Opinion: Ethics panel should operate in the sunshine

New Mexico voters helped the state take an important first step last month toward reducing/punishing government corruption when they approved a constitutional amendment creating an independent state ethics commission. New Mexico is one of just six...

 

Opinion: Open primaries will do more to get out vote

In New Mexico you can register to vote up to 28 days before an election. You can register in person or online. You can request the form by mail, telephone or in person. You can fill one out at your county clerk’s office or any motor vehicle...

 

Opinion: Misbehaving adults should be cut from activities

Just when you thought sports parents couldn’t get worse, late last month in Santa Fe, obnoxious adults at — of all things — an elementary school basketball game took it to a new low. And that’s saying something. It’s apparently never too ea...

 

Opinion: Rule could bring more transparency to drug prices

Whether you lean red or blue when it comes to politics, everyone should demand clarity when it comes to costs. And a draft rule now working its way through the halls of our federal government promises to bring a little clarity to the opaque subject...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Congratulations to victors, time to get to work

Election Day is behind us, which means we no longer have to suffer through the endless television commercials and countless mailers dripping with nasty political attacks. But it also means we’ve got a new governor about to take the reins of our...

 

Governor's race heats up political advertising

SANTA FE — A national GOP group has waded into New Mexico governor’s race, launching a television ad Wednesday that features familiar attacks against Democratic nominee Michelle Lujan Grisham. Meanwhile, Lujan Grisham launched a TV spot of her...

 

Parties should let land dispute ruling stand

It’s been a long, drawn-out battle, but a ruling handed down by a district judge in Taos clears the way for public use of several roads across private property to access vast tracts of state trust land in northeast New Mexico. The White Peak area...

 

Much more work needed on clergy sex abuse cover-up

For those in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church who thought the fallout from clergy sex abuse scandals was over and dealt with, it is clear they were sadly mistaken. Public outrage has been renewed by stunning new developments, including...

 

More money will not better educate a child

State District Judge Sarah Singleton is absolutely right when she points out that the “vast majority of New Mexico’s at-risk children finish each school year without the basic literacy and math skills needed to pursue post-secondary education or...

 

Tariffs raising concerns in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE — The nation’s trade fight has come to New Mexico’s dairy industry, which is watching prices for its products decline and purchase orders getting delayed or canceled. And while cheese and whey are a big worry, there’s also...

 

NMAA has OK to punish bad behavior

It’s official: The New Mexico Activities Association and executive director Sally Marquez will have the latitude to punish member schools directly should the association feel developments warrant such action. By a 59-12 vote, schools voted to...

 

Child's prostitution only latest in string of failures

Think of the literary character Fagin in “Oliver Twist” — an adult who forces children to live in squalor, commit crimes for him and take beatings. Now consider the case of a 7-year-old Albuquerque girl who the New Mexico Attorney General’s...

 

Navajo Nation's come long way since Long Walk

The Navajo Nation is commemorating an important milestone this year, the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of 1868 and the return of the Diné people to their ancestral homeland. From 1863 through 1866, more than 11,500 Navajos were marched to Bosque...

 

Special counsel unnecessary in FBI abuse probe

The decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to assign the Department of Justice inspector general and a federal prosecutor from Utah to look into allegations of FBI abuses in its probe of Trump associates — rather than name another special...

 

Federal food program needs true reforms

There’s no question the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps, is past its expiration date for reform. But cutting benefits for families truly in need and slapping a yuppie name on a prior era’s same old...

 

Taxpayers need transparency from lawmakers

While this year’s legislative session is focused primarily on budget matters, there are a handful of transparency measures that lawmakers are grappling with that could expand — or restrict — the information available to the public. And that...

 

Local lawmakers pulling heist that rivals state lore

“The Great Taos Bank Robbery” is a gem of an essay by the late Tony Hillerman, who captured the essence of New Mexico in that and many other essays and novels. Sadly, he could have had a field day writing about the bait-and-switch repeal in 2005...

 

CYFD has to do better job caring for its charges

In large bureaucracies, things can slip through the cracks. But that absolutely cannot include 11-month-old babies. And yet it does. It is once again glaringly apparent that in New Mexico some children do not fare well within a system that is...

 

Legislature has work cut out figuring budget

New Mexico lawmakers reconvened in Santa Fe on Tuesday for a 30-day session in which their primary task is to adopt a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year. But this year they will have some “new” money to work with thanks to a rebound in...

 

New wolf plan good for both sides of fence

It’s doubtful that people with extreme views on either side of the Mexican gray wolf recovery plan will be satisfied, but a recent decision by the state Game Commission to approve the new federal wolf recovery plan strikes a blow for reason and...

 

Confirmations expensive, past their usefulness

Just in time for the holiday season, here’s the perfect example of government taking more than it gives: n In March 2017, there were 53 appointees for various state boards and commissions waiting to be confirmed by the New Mexico Senate. n In...

 

Not much light getting into state's 'sunshine portal'

Contact information is out of date. Financial data is missing. Entire categories of contracts are empty. Six years in, the online database that was supposed to be the state’s searchable “sunshine portal,” shedding light on how the state of New...

 

Complaints about public figures should be brought to light

In light of the heightened interest both locally and nationally in sexual harassment, it’s simply unacceptable that the director of the New Mexico Legislature’s administrative arm is refusing to release records related to two sexual harassment...

 

Poor students no excuse for schools to perform badly

The fact that New Mexico’s high school graduation rate grew by 8 percentage points from 2011 to 2016 — or double the national improvement rate — is encouraging. But our state still has the second-worst graduation rate in the nation. That’s in...

 

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