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  • Backward N.M. might someday move forward

    It’s easy to talk about how backward New Mexico is. I’m not sure if out-of-staters do it, but we New Mexicans sure like to talk our state down. You know you do. I do too.

  • We can't live on tips

    How much might a person earn as a door holder opener? I can answer that in a heartbeat: exactly 25 cents.

    Let me explain:

  • Replace cautious optimism with optimistic caution

    As the new year commences, we look to the upcoming legislative session with optimistic caution.

    Despite a modest increase in state revenue outlook, the budget must address growing state and local needs, federal tax changes and the need for gradual tax modernization.

    We will approach the 2018 legislative session with a delicate balance of spending, investing, saving and vision-building for the future.  We will prioritize the state budget to address people’s real needs, reinvigorating our residents’ confidence and role in our future economy. 

  • Let’s examine the university governance process

    Proposed legislation to change how regents are selected for New Mexico’s universities will go a long way in strengthening our state’s institutions.

    Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, and Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, have sponsored a constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan nomination committee to evaluate potential candidates for regent appointments.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr: A cause chose him

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never ran for public office.

  • The budget might be easier — but the question goes to pot

    Buckle up, girls and boys, it’s time to pass some laws, whether we need ‘em or not. The New Mexico Legislature convenes on Jan. 16.

    It’s a short session, of the 30-day every-other-year variety, when the state budget is the reason for the session in Santa Fe. But budget or no, lawmakers will also be filing a plethora of measures. In fact, they already have.

  • Grownups use childish taunts

    When we were kids — and because we were kids — we used lots of taunting phrases, the most popular being the chant: “Nanny nanny boo-boo,” or something equally imbecilic.

  • Living life with joy in your heart

    By Rick Kraft

    Is there joy in your heart? No really, is there joy in your heart? Some people have it and some don’t.
    Over the many years of my existence, I have come up with many theories. Some people call them “Rickisms.” One of them is that happy people make other people happy.

    Another is that hurting people hurt people.

    Basically, we can’t give to others something we don’t have. Or the flip side, we can only give to others what we have within us.

  • Then and now: Machu Picchu and Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    Before I compare Machu Picchu in Peru with Las Vegas, let me tell you how I got there. (I got here via Route 66/Santa Fe Trail exactly two years ago).

    Back in Washington Grade School in Fort Wayne, Ind., I had an exceptional Social Studies teacher.

    When studying the explorers, Miss Opal Nichols divided my seventh-grade class into committees to research and present our findings to the rest of the class. My friend, Sue Brenn, got Montezuma, Kathy Dunigan got Balboa. I got Pizarro.

  • Growing ecotourism means thinking regionally

    The historical buildings in Las Vegas, N.M., are a treasure, to be sure, and are much talked about.

    What we don’t talk about often is the natural treasures we have beneath our feet.
    We should, because we need to value and preserve these treasures.