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Voting for judges is voting in the dark

When we’re voting for judges, let’s admit it, many of us don’t know what we’re doing. We don’t know enough about the candidates or how to evaluate them. We may vote on the basis of party affiliation or rely on … Continue reading

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Election results may take a few days to count

The books are almost closed on the recent election. I hope we all have learned this truth: Nobody promised you final results on Election Night. Or for several days after, for that matter. Please get that straight.  If the votes … Continue reading

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New Mexico has special needs for immigration

New Mexico has such a shortage of teachers that school districts have hired teachers recruited from the Philippines. This was reported by the nonprofit investigative news organization, Searchlight New Mexico. It’s not just New Mexico. A New York Times report … Continue reading

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A better way to borrow or save

Finally there’s an alternative to payday lending. Thanks to the simple mechanism of payroll deductions, some New Mexico workers can now borrow money without having to resort to the usurious practices of payday lenders. Affordable loan programs have been adopted … Continue reading

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Medical marijuana is not a simple issue

Medical marijuana poses an intractable quandary. The issue could be described as zero-tolerance versus, well, tolerance. Floating elusively between the two – and genuinely hard to pin down — is common sense. The issue affects employers and people with various … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp — no bad news

The New Mexico workers’ compensation system is in moderately good shape this year, say the people who are supposed to know. NCCI, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, presented its annual New Mexico forum recently. Most important: employers can expect … Continue reading

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Welcome to the happy airport

At the Albuquerque Sunport, the stall doors in the restrooms swing outward. You might not notice this unless you have recently traveled through other airports where the doors swing inward and the stalls are narrower. When you are dragging a … Continue reading

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Schools have so much more responsibility than education

Welcome to the school year and all the issues our schools have to contend with besides educating New Mexico’s children. Such as what has is required if a student needs to take a pill. Even if you have had children … Continue reading

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Unions are still necessary to safeguard worker rights

Labor unions aren’t that important any more, my friend said, because all the issues that unions used to fight for are now established in law, and we have government agencies to enforce them. This conversation happened before the 2016 election. … Continue reading

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If New Mexico decides to pay legislators a salary

  The notion that New Mexico should pay legislators a salary has been discussed many times. In 2016, a constitutional amendment was proposed to establish a salary, but wasn’t passed. Some observers think we’d get a better quality legislature. Maybe. … Continue reading

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