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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! INFORMATIVE FORUM. Water, the chamber contract, the city’s plan for a gateway into town, and much, much more were fodder for discussion at Monday’s mayoral candidate forum held at Memorial Middle School by the Optic. About 75 people attended the event and got to see all eight candidates addressing the issues, sometimes with rock-solid reasoning, other times with a fair amount of passion.

If you’re still undecided, check out the Optic’s voters guide, which will be inserted into the newspaper next Friday. After that, you’d better figure it out, because decision day is rounding the corner — election day is Tuesday, March 6.
May the best candidates win.

THUMBS DOWN! BICYCLE SAFETY. A bicyclist sustained head injuries last Saturday when a pizza delivery driver cut her off on Seventh Street, causing her to crash, according to state police. Rebecca Barefoot, 39, was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance.

Coincidentally, it happened just a couple of days after the San Miguel County Commission adopted an ordinance mandating motorists to allow a five-foot right of way for bicyclists traveling on county roads. Seems the city needs to follow suit.

THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER DRY SPELL. It’s warm enough, and the winds are blowing so as to suggest springtime, but we’ve still got a month of winter to go. If it keeps going like this, we’d better prepare ourselves for a long, dry summer.

THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER CONTENTIOUS SESSION. Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic lawmakers didn’t seem to be any more willing to work together during this year’s legislative session than they were for last year’s, as fewer than 100 bills were actually passed before the 2012 session ended late last week.

The Democrats don’t seem interested in working with Martinez, and Martinez has yet to show any political ability to get over the obstructions to get anything done. The gridlock that consumed Washington, D.C. seems to have filtered down to Santa Fe — only, here, the party roles have been reversed.

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AND WE QUOTE

“The governor is making the distinction that this is a pork project, but in reality this is a student-oriented project.”

— State Sen. Pete Campos, in defense of a $205,000 appropriation for a weight room at West Las Vegas School District, after Gov. Susana Martinez criticized it.