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The decline of a free-thinking middle class

November 3, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Politicians like to talk about how the middle class is struggling, and for once they’re right. America’s middle class has been on the decline for decades now. Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center reported that while middle-income households have remained steady since 2010 (when the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession), they’ve been...

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Voting rights: an automatic voter registration

November 3, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Houston Chronicle For those of us who have grown accustomed to the red-versus-blue wars about the act of voting in recent years, it may come as a surprise to realize that voter registration is nowhere enshrined in the Constitution. As Harvard historian Alex...

Too long to get evidence tested

November 3, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

The Taos News TAOS — Police rely on certain tools to solve a crime: testimony from witnesses and victims, video footage and forensic evidence. In this high-tech age, forensic evidence can make or break a case. Such evidence could include fingerprints,...

Growing up Alaskan, then moving to Roswell

November 1, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

My parents relocated to Alaska from Rhode Island in the late 1970s, when I was merely a toddler. Those were crazy days in Alaska, with an influx of oil workers coming to the state to build the pipeline, hippies who wanted to get away from it all, and of...

Calm down; compromise

November 1, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

We took a figurative beating last week after our story about the public meeting over the proposal to name portions of a couple of streets after Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez — a story we headlined “Street renaming exposes ethnic divide.” It...

John Boehner’s budget deal helps out Paul Ryan

October 28, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel In House Speaker John Boehner’s final act of service, he has brokered a budget deal that will modestly boost spending, cut some social programs, raise the federal debt ceiling and clear away a huge mess for Boehner’s heir...

Brace yourself, it could be a tough winter ahead

October 28, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

We’re still a couple of months away from the first official day of winter (Dec. 22), but forecasters are already saying it’ll be colder and wetter than normal in NM, so be prepared to bundle up. It’s another El Niño year, which means that the...

Local business funding a win

October 28, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Silver City Daily Press SILVER CITY — Over the past few decades, literally hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent on dubious economic development schemes. There were the efforts to recruit factories, and of course, the call center...

Strong candidates draw voters to polls

October 27, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

Rio Grande Sun ESPANOLA — Nationally and more so statewide, political pundits are fretting about voter turnout. The focus now is on the June 2016 primary but voter apathy is not picky. You’ll find it in every race, darn near in every city and county in...

NM’s worst offender, pork-barrel politics

October 25, 2015 • EditorialComments (0)

When it comes to pork-barrel politics, New Mexico is among the worst offenders. The state has a system of funding capital projects that’s based on politics, not need, and that creates a colossal waste of money. Earlier this month, the nonpartisan Think New...