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  • Dispatch New Mexico - Going down to the legislative wire

    Hold on to your hat, we’re closing in on the final couple of weeks of this 2017 New Mexico legislative session. The last day of the session is March 18, so there will be a flurry of activity in the days ahead as the intensity of lawmaking increases.

    The session will be remembered for its budget, of course, because that’s what will keep state government open. But there is always the possibility that a major reform or two will be passed into law as well.

  • Work of Art: A cure for ‘huevoncy’

    Almost daily we read or hear about someone who’s upset over not being allowed to use a restroom of his/her choice.

    When I taught at Highlands, the word “gender” referred to grammatical terms such as he or she. It wasn’t used to describe sex, as in male or female. But in the past few years, an issue — which I won’t dare try to officiate — regarding which restroom one should occupy, has become big news.

  • Lawmakers’ Perspective - Time to close tax loopholes, enact a modern tax code

    One of the most difficult tasks we face in crafting a balanced budget is rebuilding New Mexico’s budget “re-serves,”the stash of cash that helps state government get through unexpected economic downturns and keeps the state’s credit rating high.

    Rebuilding the budget reserves — the goal is to have a cushion of between five percent and 10 percent of the amount of money we spend each year — is critical for a couple of reasons.

  • Just a Thought: Addressing the mess you’ve gotten into

    By Rick Kraft

    Life can be messy. There is no count of how many hours of sleep we lose because of messes we get in.

    Do you find yourself in a mess often? Are you in a messy situation right now? Maybe you’re just one choice, one word, one act away from creating a new mess.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 26, 2017

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Post-Gazette on another U.S. ally getting presidential disapproval (Feb. 21):

    On Saturday President Donald J. Trump added Sweden to a list of allies that he had insulted publicly.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Hamilton, the man and the musical, worthy of the hype

    Alexander Hamilton was a great American. How do I know? Hip-hop, baby! I haven’t felt this cool in 40 years.

    Well, I’ve also done some reading since last year when I first got turned on to his life and accomplishments.

  • Work of Art: Iceland in February?

    REYKJAVIK, ICELAND — One of the more memorable lines in a locally-produced play called “The Odd Couple” was about a minor character, a card player named Vinnie, who decided to vacation in Florida in the summer. I played the role of Vinnie, and during rehearsals often wondered who in all creation would even think of such a trip at such a place.

    We did. Well, kind of.

  • Another Perspective: Don’t balance state budget on the backs of counties

    By Steve Kopelman and Tyler Massey

    As state budget talks continue, New Mexico’s counties are asking Governor Martinez and the New Mexico Legislature to take a careful look at the services provided by county government, and especially those programs financed by funds that are now being depleted.

  • Just a Thought: Learning from the wisdom of Lincoln

    Tomorrow we celebrate Presidents’ Day, a holiday that includes President Lincoln’s birthday.

    President Lincoln led our country through a low point in our history. The Civil War resulted in the deaths of over 700,000 of our own citizens (according to Wikipedia). President Lincoln had to carry the weight of a divided country on his shoulders each day of his Presidency.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 19, 2017

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Boston Herald on President Trump’s foreign policy “theatrics” (Feb. 15):

    The unanticipated floor show at Mar-a-Lago this weekend — captured by a Bostonian and club member who posted it all on his Facebook page — raises questions about the president’s seriousness on issues demanding a certain level of security.