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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... Full story

 

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...

 

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...

 

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