Author Archives: merilee

It’s past time to solve the dental epidemic

New Mexico children are going to school with toothaches and sore gums. And we wonder why they have problems learning to read? Dental disease is a hidden epidemic for both children and adults in New Mexico and many other states. … Continue reading

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Could your teenager pass a citizenship test?

A recent national study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center study found that more than a third of adults surveyed can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment, and only 26 percent can name all three branches … Continue reading

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Sacrifice animals to the governor’s tax policy

If by paying a tax I save more money than the tax costs me, I don’t mind paying it. In fact, I’m happy to, not just because I support the purpose of the tax but because it’s economically prudent. That … Continue reading

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Attorneys general and the separation of powers

DACA expired on March 5.  Or maybe not. DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is the federal program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. It was enacted as a regulation by President Obama, … Continue reading

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Labor missed an opportunity on a workers’ compensation issue

Sorry, my friends in organized labor, you missed one. On a party line vote, Democrats in the New Mexico House Labor and Economic Development Committee voted to kill a harmless little memorial, HJM 5, sponsored by Rep. Randall Crowder (R.-Curry). … Continue reading

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School buses don’t have to be toxic

UPDATE:  HJR6 did not pass the House. School buses can be hazardous to your children’s health. Most school buses, including New Mexico’s, are powered with diesel. The diesel fumes contain enough toxic substances to cause an identifiable health hazard to … Continue reading

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You can’t vote unless you register

Elections in New Mexico are not compromised by massive numbers of fraudulent votes, I am reasonably confident. This issue arose last year in the debate over voter ID and the 2016 election. Fortunately, we did not have any major controversy … Continue reading

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Senior services may be in jeopardy

NOTE:  After this was published, the state agency rescinded its proposed action. Seniors, take note: a state agency is about to terminate the contract of the organization that provides senior services to most of New Mexico. The termination demand has … Continue reading

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Use data to analyze criminal justice

For years I have wondered whether our criminal justice system makes sense. I think first about my own safety. Does our system make me safer? Does it prevent crime? Does it make prudent use of my tax dollars? Is it … Continue reading

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Before we add criminal penalties, analyze what works

For years I have wondered whether our criminal justice system makes sense. I think first about my own safety. Does our system make me safer? Does it prevent crime? Does it make prudent use of my tax dollars? Is it … Continue reading

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