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Snippets: Afterthoughts on the passing scene

February 17, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Change takes over The perception that last week’s school board election would usher in change became a reality this week when Superintendent Tom Burris resigned his position. It will now be up to the incoming board, which gets sworn in next month, to select his replacement. It’s a fresh start in a district that’s been [&hellip...

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Nobody’s perfect, so cut ’em some slack

February 17, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

I have been thinking lately how we have this inclination to hold those who perform certain services to a higher standard than we do the regular person on the street. I say this knowing I am just as guilty as any other who has seen an official vehicle speeding...

Budgeting and planning makes life much easier

February 16, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Two of my favorite hobbies, and two of the things I am best at, are planning and budgeting. I like to have everything structured with as few surprises as possible, and I even schedule in time and money for those surprises. Keeping things in order just makes...

Letter was misinformed about pot in Colorado

February 16, 2017 • Dear EditorComments (0)

In response to Russell Scott’s predictably misinformed and bigoted letter against legalizing marijuana, I just want to remind everybody that based on all the evidence so far, legalization is working and it is working well. The two newspaper articles Scott...

Where are parents in our schools?

February 16, 2017 • Dear EditorComments (0)

Tuesday’s article about Sidney Gutierrez Middle School and the success they have got me thinking. Why are our public schools not doing as well? Is it the lack of dedication on the part of the public school administrators and educators? I don’t think so....

College is a stepping stone to a bright future

February 16, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

College is a beautiful place. I love feeling the warm, sunlit air when I walk onto campus in the early morning. I love the way the hallways are often filled with the muffled sound of footsteps rushing toward open classroom doors; it is a sound that I strongly...

Learning is really the student’s responsibility

February 15, 2017 • Dear EditorComments (0)

If we want better educated students, we need to change our emphasis. Here’s why. I handed my father my report card filled with B’s and one D. He ignored the B’s. He raised his eyebrows when he saw the D. “Why the D?” he asked. I said that it was...

HB50 would restrict temporary transfers

February 15, 2017 • Dear EditorComments (0)

Late Friday evening, the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee approved Bloomberg-backed House Bill 50, sponsored by State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, along a 7-6 party-line vote. Thank you to the members of the committee who opposed this...

Life is not perfection, so embrace your flaws

February 15, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

I still hear my mom saying, “Nobody’s perfect, call me nobody.” It was her way of saying that I made a mistake and it was OK, because only moms are perfect. As funny as it sounds, we all try to be better in who and what we are. Researchers believe it is...

Could this be the year for capital reform?

February 14, 2017 • EditorialComments (0)

Buried inside nearly a thousand proposals introduced so far this legislative session is a measure that could dramatically reshape how New Mexico spends its money and takes care of its infrastructure. If passed, Senate Bill 262 would water down politics and...