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Columns

  • Elections 2010: An expensive slurry of repeated slams

    On her retirement, a friend dedicated herself to public service and has since served on boards and run for office a few times. In the recent election, she lost her race for county commission.
    “My opponent spent $95,000. $95,000! For county commission! I raised $6,000 from my savings and by asking everyone I knew for money,” she said.
    For the lesser offices, she wonders, how does an ordinary person finance a campaign? Apparently all that cash flowing into races at the top of the ticket also flowed downhill to the well connected.

  • Martinez taps Johnsonians

    New Mexico is about to get a new governor, but if the people assisting her are any indication, the emerging Republican administration of Susanna Martinez just might bear a noticeable resemblance to the administration of the state’s out-going GOP governor eight years ago, Gary Johnson.
    If there was anything consistent about Martinez’s campaign this year, it was her call for voters to kick the “Ins” out.

  • Better ways to stimulate economy

    Republicans played President Obama in the tax deal like mortgage hustlers played homeowners. Focus on the teaser rates, borrow more than you need and trust us to work with you to refinance later when rates jump.

  • You heard me ... be a Scrooge!

    Back in high school, I could barely put a verb and noun together without hurting myself.  That is, me not was two good very in the English.  Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but I did have trouble keeping my grades up in the low C’s.  (I hope my students aren’t reading this!)

  • Celebrating 60 years at UNM School of Law

    In June 1950, the first class graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, its 27 graduates spreading across the state and establishing a tradition of service to New Mexico that remains strong today. Through the next 60 years, UNM law graduates have represented their communities in the state Legislature, ascended to the top levels of the state judiciary and led the state’s most prestigious law firms.

  • Hollywood’s Old West still here

    The Old West of Billy the Kid is still with us. And so is Hollywood’s Old West.
    The governor has been entertaining the idea of a pardon for the Kid since 2003, and the Legislature considered a pardon before that. The descendents of Sheriff Pat Garrett, who killed the kid in 1881, have made their opposition clear.
    In 2001, historian Bob Boze Bell and I took opposing positions on the question in side-by-side newspaper columns. Bell made a case for forgiveness; I argued that Billy was a rustler, horse thief and back shooter, not a misunderstood youth.

  • Recharging the battery

    It’s that time of year once again.
    As a geologist, I’m not thinking of the holiday season when I note this time on the calendar.
    What’s impressed me lately is the clear start of the annual cycle in which we benefit from a recharging of the nation’s water supply.
    In late November, while I was digging my pickup truck out of 14 inches of snow, I had time to meditate on the importance of this time of year.

  • Keep on marketing

    Marketing is essential to the growth and success of any business, yet it seems to be the first part of the operating budget that managers slash when revenues dwindle and the economy gets unpredictable. Understanding and appreciating the role of marketing can prevent business owners from making the mistake of viewing this type of outreach as a dispensable luxury.
    Whether you conduct business in a small, rural area or the global market, some principles are universal:

  • Size does matter when talking about departments

    The New Mexico Economic Development Department employs fewer than 100 people and has a pretty simple business model: promote economic development.

  • Make sure behavior keeps you cyber secure

    When Ben Franklin famously wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” I’m pretty sure he wasn’t warning his readers about the perils of cyber crime. But in today’s world of phishing, shoulder-surfing and computer spyware, his advice hits home.
    It’s a sad reality that some people will rip you off if you give them an opportunity. Just as you take safety precautions when handling cash, so should you be vigilant when using credit or debit payment cards for purchases, whether the transaction is in person on online.