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Show your support by safeguarding your organization’s money

When was the last independent audit of your church’s finances? Or of your favorite nonprofit? This might be, for some people, the most offensive question I could possibly ask. “What do you mean,” you might say, “my church or my … Continue reading

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Vaccine passports are nothing new

My friend, who was a frequent global traveler before the pandemic, has a document called the International Certificate of Vaccination. It attests that she has been vaccinated against yellow fever and several other diseases. The form is approved by the … Continue reading

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Rural school districts are different

People in rural school districts are different, they will tell you. Different from what, you might ask. Certainly some needs are unique to those districts, such as those related to the long travel distances. A lifelong resident of Magdalena told … Continue reading

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Gasoline and alcohol don’t mix

You don’t see cigarette vending machines anymore; have you noticed? They became illegal in New Mexico a few years ago, except for limited locations where teenagers cannot get to them. Lawmakers decided the way to prevent teenagers from buying cigarettes … Continue reading

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Etiquette in the era of Covid

My friend is invited to a relative’s wedding in another state. Along with the invitation she has received a request for proof of vaccination. Some people might consider this rude. Not me. I am relieved. My friend (who never smoked … Continue reading

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A little more respect for teachers

“The NM school system is a total disaster IMO,” a reader from Hobbs wrote to me recently. “Our children deserve much better than they are receiving and it’s entirely the fault of the politicians and the people they appoint to … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp vacancies need filling

As of the date of this posting, one vacancy has been filled. The rumor is that the governor has begun making appointments to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. We only need three. It’s about time.   New Mexico needs this … Continue reading

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The long haul after Covid

 NOTE: This column was written and published before the delta variant surge in 2021. Some days, only one person dies of Covid in the whole state of New Mexico. Good news, right? No, it most emphatically is not. It is … Continue reading

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Millions of school lunches

It’s been a tough year for New Mexico schoolchildren, but through it all, they have at least had access to meals. That will continue through the summer. The school meal program has been chugging on, month after month.  Students who … Continue reading

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Can a business require masks?

Some years ago, I went to a “dollar” movie theater a few days after having seen a report on TV about children with head lice. Thinking maybe dollar movie theaters were not as clean as full price theaters, I looked … Continue reading

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