• Another Perspective: We cannot quit on capital outlay reform

    Over the past few years, reform of New Mexico’s capital outlay system has received more and more attention. There is little doubt that our system, particularly compared to other states, needs fixing. We are the only state that expects the legislature to approve a capital outlay bill without any system for planning, vetting or selecting projects. Instead, we operate in a free-for-all system that fails to make the most of our limited infrastructure dollars.

  • Just a Thought - The testing of a core belief system

    By Rick Kraft

    “My mom and dad always told me _____________.” Suppose I gave you a sheet of paper with this exact sentence repeated fifteen times and you were required to fill in all 15 blanks. How would you fill them in?

    My guess is that you would fill the blanks with pretty good stuff. I believe this because most mothers and fathers speak good advice. Even though the lives some parents choose to live may communicate differently, the words they share would generally be good advice.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 21, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Behavioral health story gets new legs

    Attorney General Hector Balderas recently announced that he had cleared 10 providers of behavioral health care services of any criminal wrongdoing. Both politically and legally, this latest announcement gives new legs to an issue that took root more than two years ago and shows no signs of going away anytime soon.

  • Work of Art: Those guys on Tough Street ...

    The number is 732 and counting. That’s how many installments of Work of Art have appeared in the Optic since 2003. I plan to make it to 1,000. And I’ve never missed a week, even when traveling with family to far-off places like Denmark, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Tecolote.

    “Don’t you ever run out of ideas?” some people ask. Well, yes, and many a Monday night and early Tuesday morning I’ve paced the floor, trying to conjure up a topic. It usually works.

  • Another Perspective: Campos fix would help teachers

    The test-based focus of House Bill 2, the “budget bill,” must be ended.

    Students are at the center of our existence at the National Education Association — New Mexico. Student success is best supported when every student has a high-quality professional education team there for them. House Bill 2 as sent by the House to the Senate moves our state in the wrong direction.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Winter brings 86 inches of snow­—and counting

    As I write this, very early in February, the weather forecast  was for snow showers in the mountains. It is snowing so hard I can barely make out the small cabin south of my picture window. This Gascon weather station has had 86 inches of snow so far this winter. The high mountain tops have had at least twice that amount so hopefully we will have fast running streams this summer.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Could Marco Rubio win NM

    We’re four months away from the primary elections in New Mexico — a lifetime in the world of politics.

    By the time New Mexicans get to vote for their choice in the already-dwindling field of candidates for president, the races will probably be down to two clear frontrunners in the Democratic and Republican parties. Chances are, they’ll already have the delegate counts they need to win their respective nominations, so this state’s primaries votes for president will be moot.

  • Work of Art: And as for you . . .

    My son, a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark, for several years, often finds time to skim American-English newspapers, excerpts of which he forwards to me and to Facebook friends on this side of the Atlantic.

    Has Adam picked up an affliction from his dad? I thought I was the only one in the family to sit mesmerized after observing something that’s strangely worded.

  • Another Perspective: House proposes responsible budget

    The recent drop in oil prices has put a strain on state budgets across the Western United States. While other states are implementing massive budget cuts or considering tax increases to meet their obligations, the House Appropriations and Finance Committee has developed a responsible budget that meets the state’s critical needs without raising taxes or draining our state’s reserves.