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Human trafficking victims can be anywhere

The girl looked out from my computer screen with big round eyes and a sad face. She was maybe 12 years old, an ordinary looking white girl with long straight hair.  Behind her was a featureless background should. Text below … Continue reading

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What will a marijuana store look like?

Marijuana for sale in state run stores? In New Mexico? Are you kidding? To at least a few legislators, the idea is completely serious. Sen. Mark Moores, R – Albuquerque, is one. In 2019 he was a sponsor of Senate … Continue reading

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Building out broadband requires coordination

Under railroad tracks throughout New Mexico lies buried treasure. The treasure is black fiber. Black fiber, also called dark fiber, is fiber optic cable that nobody is using, cable that someone had the good sense to put into the ground … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp deserves more attention

  Update to this column:  On October 22, 2019, it was announced that Loretta Lopez had been appointed director of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA). Lopez was most recently deputy director of the Risk Management at the state’s … Continue reading

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The unfixable liquor license system

To call New Mexico’s liquor license law a mess would be an understatement. The law is blatantly unfair in how it allocates access to liquor licenses, and it is not helpful either to the state or to New Mexico citizens. … Continue reading

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Sometimes those high salaries are needed

I used to say to myself, “New Mexico, love it or leave it.” I was thinking about salaries. I have changed my thinking. This is New Mexico, I thought. New Mexico is a special place and we are all lucky … Continue reading

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What the Kids Count report reveals

New Mexico is once again at the bottom of the barrel for the well-being of children. The annual survey known as Kids Count has placed us at 50 out of 50. Kids Count measures categories in the areas of economic … Continue reading

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Medicare for all, whatever that means …

“Medicare for all” is not a program. It’s a slogan. We don’t know what it means until somebody defines it. By itself, it is not a solution to America’s health care needs. Medicare for all was hotly debated during the … Continue reading

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Voter registration is getting easier in New Mexico

New Mexico is making it easier for voters to register to vote or update their registration, starting after the 2020 presidential election. This year’s Senate Bill 672 provides that, beginning in 2021, voters may register or update their registration any … Continue reading

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The new heroes of gun violence

There’s a new standard of heroism in America. The hero is the one who jumps in front of the shooter, saving lives while sacrificing his own. It happened twice in recent weeks. This is a new subject for frank talks … Continue reading

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