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This is representative democracy in action

Across New Mexico, dedicated individuals are working for causes you may never have heard of, but which just might benefit you or someone you care about. Many of them work for nonprofit organizations that hope to present proposals to the … Continue reading

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Guardianship for the elderly is not completely reformed

If you are an old person with money, and either with a quarrelsome family or no family at all, you are a little better off in New Mexico this year than you were last year. You can still have your … Continue reading

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Oil and education go together in New Mexico

Education and oil. In New Mexico, the two are inextricably intertwined. New Mexico must fix its education system to advance our people’s quality of life. Oil is what will pay for it. Oil and education – and how one depends … Continue reading

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New Mexico goes all out for the census

Part of the planning for the 2020 US census is identifying geographic locations that are hard to count. On anational map that identifies those areas by color, New Mexico is lit up like a Christmas tree. The map was shown … Continue reading

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Let’s avoid the referendum trap

The British initiative known as Brexit is my candidate for the worst referendum in the history of the world. In Brexit, citizens of the United Kingdom voted in 2017 to withdraw from the European Union by simply voting  “leave” or … Continue reading

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What’s behind the doors of massage parlors ?

The massage parlors in Albuquerque seem to have bought their signs from the same sign company. Many of the signs are identical, the word “MASSAGE” in bright red letters against a white background. They are everywhere. I’m beginning to think … Continue reading

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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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