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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Jan. 19, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: TIME TO FOCUS
    Gov. Susana Martinez used part of her final address to the full legislature to say the new Democratic Senate whip had “demeaned” K-12 students by saying the students don’t have academic skills. Sen. Howie Morales criticized the Republican governor for apparently changing her stance on a voter-approved bail reform measure, and talked of a state that he described as better off once Martinez leaves office.
    Come on, guys. Enough about the failed policies of others. Get to the specifics of the solutions.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

  • 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:

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

  • The media doesn’t hate the players

    The sports slogan about hating the game and not the players gets lost when talking about politics; so much campaigning and party-line talk is geared toward generating dislike of specific individuals, rather than policies, situations or ideas.

  • 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.