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 By James Jiminez    Opinion    June 2, 2017

THE RIPPLE EFFECTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET CUTS

Our communities do best when everyone contributes. We are strengthened when our children fulfill their potential and become the entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists they were born to be. And because...

 

WE CAN'T IGNORE POLLUTION'S HARM TO OUR TOURISM INDUSTRY

We can’t ignore pollution’s harm to our tourism industry Our state is known for breathtaking views, unique public lands and ancient cultures within reach. Tourists choose New Mexico as a destination because of ample opportunities to experience th...

 

DEAR TALON

Last Monday evening I sat through two hours of the Aztec City “workshop” regarding their proposed utility rate increases. The bottom line, as presented by the city’s adept (and costly) consulting firm, was that Aztec’s water and sewer rates...

 

HIGHER EDUCATION MUST RECEIVE ITS STATE FUNDING

By members of the N.M. Council of University Presidents - originally published on NMPolitics.net On behalf of the Council of University Presidents, we wish to express our deep concern with the recent veto of all funding for New Mexico’s higher...

 
 By JACQUE RITCHIE    Opinion    May 5, 2017

LOCALS SOUND OFF ABOUT PROPOSED UTILITY INCREASE

"We might have to flush half as much" declared John, "Poopin ain't easy or cheap." - John Paschall, Main Street Music "They already fee us like crazy!" Says Shelley Sutherland "I've had some issues...

 
 By Bob Perls    Opinion    May 5, 2017

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE WAY WE ELECT LEADERS?

Our politics is broken: hyper-partisanship runs rampant. Americans have never been more frustrated with government and the two-party system that dominates it. We have two warring factions: the insider Democrats and the insider Republicans — both...

 

DEVELOPING PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS CORRECTLY

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo His full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. He died at age 88, 453...

 

DEAR TALON

I would like to publicly acknowledge everyone who helped with the Aztec Volunteer Firefighter Fund. Because of these generous donations we were able to totally re-do their meeting/training room with new furniture, flooring, window treatments and...

 

LOCAL ECONOMY, WHY YOUR OPINION MATTERS

San Juan County is undeniably and intrinsically tied to the carbon energy industry. We are always at the ready to assist and defend our key industry partners to ensure they remain viable parts of our...

 
 By Diana Mesch    Opinion    April 14, 2017

GUEST OP-ED

How will citizens pay for utility increases? Diana Mesch, Aztec On Thursday, April 6, I was informed that the City of Aztec was proposing a very, very large increase in sewer rates in addition to smaller increases in electricity and water rates. I...

 
 By Jeff Carr    Opinion    April 7, 2017

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM SHOULD NURTURE TEACHERS, NOT PUNISH THEM

Governor Martinez’s education policy as administered by Secretary Hanna Skandera is not only a complete failure, it has damaged our children and education professionals beyond a measure we may ever know. The administration’s policy is based on a...

 
 By Daymon Ely    Opinion    March 31, 2017

IT'S TIME TO PROPERLY FUND SCHOOLS, PUBLIC SAFETY AND ROADS

On Saturday night, March 11, I started a long-overdue conversation on the floor of the House. For the past 14 years, New Mexico tried an experiment – we cut personal and corporate income taxes to see if jobs would flow into the state. The...

 
 By Irene Barry    Opinion    March 31, 2017

AHS GOLF TEAM THANKS THE CITY OF AZTEC

The Aztec High School Golf Team would like to thank the City of Aztec for keeping the Aztec Municipal Golf Course open. We know there have been some challenges and really appreciate the extra efforts being made by the city to keep this course going....

 
 By Bob Perls    Opinion    March 24, 2017

CHANGE THE WAY WE SELECT

Our Legislature once again ignored the deep anger and seething resentment out here in the real world felt toward our political institutions. There is a revolution going on in case anyone missed the Sanders and Trump supporters both pushing against th...

 

COMPROMISE MUST COME NOW

As the legislative session gets into the critical stages, it goes without saying that we are in very tough economic times. In fact they are the worst I have seen in my 27 years as a public educator....

 

BIG MONEY STANDS IN THE WAY OF DISMANTLING OPPRESSIVE SYSTEMS

The images were a stark reminder of the cancer in our political system: Three state lawmakers – two Democrats, one Republican - stood with a bail bondsman at a news conference in early 2016 to...

 
 By J.R. Sykes    Opinion    March 10, 2017

SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE SIGNS

Are temporary signs a problem? Does the City of Aztec enforce the code fairly, as written? On Tuesday 3/7 over fifty temporary signs were counted in use in Aztec, excluding the NMDOT. The temporary signs that are used by NMDOT will go away with the...

 
 By Bill McCamley    Opinion    March 3, 2017

INVEST IN NM BY RAISING REVENUE

Do your children, or did you, attend public school here in New Mexico? Do you drive on our roads? Shower with clean water? Are you thankful that our police and social workers protect our children from predators? If so, you should ask the state to...

 

STEPS TO KEEP YOUR NETWORK SAFE

The information age and rise of the Internet have changed the way people live, work and interact. But along with better communication come virus attacks, hijacks and hostile invasions that can make the Internet seem more like a war zone than a social...

 

ON IMMIGRATION

My grandfather Albert Joseph Bialek came to the United States from Poland (Galicia) in 1910. Per the Ellis Island website he boarded the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse in Bremen, Germany (formerly Prussia). He had just completed his service in the...

 

THANK YOU

Thank you On February 6th I was involved in a car accident that occurred in Aztec. I would really like to show my appreciation to the police and emergency services personnel for their help at the accident. I am very grateful for their kindness and...

 

HELP OUR CHILDREN

Two of our local McCoy Elementary School students recently lost their father. We would like to collect money to donate to the family to help out during this difficult time. Donations will be accepted (in person, or mail) at McCoy Elementary School,...

 

OPEN PRIMARIES

Partisan primaries are designed to advance the interests of political parties. They do nothing to advance the quality of our democracy. To the contrary, they inhibit the participation of candidates who do not have party backing. This type of primary...

 

Why We Started "Grow New Mexico"

Why We Started Grow New Mexico By Terry Brunner and Phil Schiliro New Mexico is already one of the best places to live in our country. But if you've read a newspaper, tuned into the news or have...

 

Guest Op Ed

By James Jimenez, Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children There has been a lot of talk about how to fill New Mexico's disastrous state revenue shortfall. Taxing out-of-state on-line...

 

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