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Now before anyone goes off on a jeremiad that I am “against public education,” let me assure you that is not the case. Both my parents were public school teachers, with my 91-year-old mother having taught more than 35 years.
The case against University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is really a matter of asset management for county government in Los Alamos, and its whole approach to the future. Chief among my sincere critiques of the county commission is that they are lousy asset managers. Their single biggest sin in this realm … is the failure to properly understand “opportunity cost” within a rapidly changing environment.
Maybe it’s the group think virus that promulgates this mindset, something grafted from “how we did business at the lab,” onto the entirely alien rootstock of local politics. I personally believe the cure for this dilatory disease is simply individual county commission districts vs. running “at-large,” with its resulting “faculty senate” mentality. We’ll save the legal implications of this argument for another time; they’re juicy.
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