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School funding has to balance with the rest of the budget

“We have to fund education by starting from what’s needed, rather than how much money is available.” As education dominates this year’s legislative session, that’s the brilliant insight we hear quoted repeatedly. As if nobody ever thought of that before. … Continue reading

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Minimum wage increase may be too much for some businesses

NOTE: after this column was published, the more moderate legislation was passed. When you own a business, you have to pay your employees before you pay yourself, whether or not you have made any money. It’s the law. You also … Continue reading

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Let us all choose to die in peace

Life and death; pain and suffering: sometimes it’s necessary to talk about the most profound questions about the meaning of life itself and how the state might intervene in the most personal decision we may ever make. New Mexico is … Continue reading

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New Mexico is finally noticed on the weather map

On the morning of New Year’s Eve, the national weather map had the words ‘Santa Fe,” “Albuquerque,” “Roswell” and “Silver City” in big print.  Most of New Mexico was a glaring shade of pink indicating the predicted snowstorm.  This was … Continue reading

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Government shutdowns are too easy on too many of us

In one episode of the original “Star Trek,” two warring nations conducted their wars entirely by computer. Nobody got hurt. At the end of the war, members of the losing side had to report to an extermination chamber and give … Continue reading

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The continuing saga of the Public Regulation Commission

Legislators are tinkering with the Public Regulation Commission yet again this year. If legislation is successful, we voters will be looking at another amendment to the state constitution in the 2020 general election, fiddling with the structure of this agency … Continue reading

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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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