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Badly written legislation

Old saying: nobody is safe when the legislature is in session. This year, I agree more than usual. My top concern was bad bills in good causes. I read several. A bill can originate in many ways. A legislator or … Continue reading

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Clean rest stops and good roads

“The rest stops were built in the 1950s and cleaned in the 1970s.” So commented New Mexico State University economist Jim Peach in a recent talk about the state’s economy. He got a good laugh. He was talking about New … Continue reading

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Lawyers in the legislature

“You’re not a lawyer and you’ve never been in the legislature,” said the line in the TV commercial. This line helped get Garrey Carruthers elected governor in 1986. Toney Anaya, former state attorney general, was the unpopular incumbent governor that … Continue reading

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The sick leave law is out of balance

The American workplace is undergoing a revolution. The workplace is not a place simply to do a job and receive a paycheck. If that wasn’t clear before, it has been made abundantly clear in the last year. Some of the … Continue reading

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Avoiding poison and saving bees

If you eat local honey, somebody told me, you will not develop allergic reactions to local pollens. This is either true or a harmless superstition. It’s one of several reasons to choose local New Mexico honey. Honey sold internationally is … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp bill does not protect workers

In the second year of Covid, we agree that we want to reward our heroes, right? We want to support the doctors and nurses, the grocery clerks and others who have risked their health to take care of the rest … Continue reading

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Time to make redistricting party-neutral

The Republican Party “represents about half the country,” according to a recent column by conservative commentator Rich Lowry. No, it doesn’t. Neither does the Democratic Party. Our two “major” parties are not so major these days. Each represents only about … Continue reading

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Pass the permanent fund amendment

Note:  since this was written, the permanent fund legislation was amended to add another quarter percent.  I am reevaluating, not just because of the additional money but because of the last-minute introduction of the amendment. If now is not an … Continue reading

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Open the classroom windows

NOTE:  It appears New Mexico readers agree with me on this topic.  I have received more comment on this article than on any of my other columns except those about horses. Classrooms do not need windows, the architect assured me. … Continue reading

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Not a great time for a special election

New Mexico Congress member Deb Haaland has been nominated to serve as US Secretary of Interior. Lots of New Mexicans are happy about this. I’m not. My concern is not with Haaland. I wish her all the best. I especially … Continue reading

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