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  • People who move gain money

    Toward the end of “Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy gets a mantra, “There’s no place like home.” Repeating the mantra helps her get home. Dorothy had taken the action required to know, “There’s no place like home.” She left.
    Those who never leave have no basis for comparing home to anywhere else.
    For high school graduates considering college, my advice continues to be: if you have the money, get out of town. Even better, get out of state.
    The reason is simple: Young people need to know about somewhere other than where they grew up. They need the experience. That experience will teach them why they want to live in New Mexico, or why they don’t.

  • July 4 ­— Not so pet friendly

    The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets.  While you and your family, friends, and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything but celebratory.
    Many pet parents assume that if their pet is not afraid of thunder or other loud noises, they will not be bothered by fireworks. This is not necessarily true. Even pets who normally are not bothered by thunder and other loud noises are often frightened and panicked by the cumulative effects of the fireworks, the excited voices outside, and being left alone inside the house.

  • Celebrating the state of N.M.

    This is a holiday week, when we celebrate being an American in our own New Mexican way.
    I give the floor to Paula Tackett, retired director of the Legislative Council Service, who described what it meant to be a New Mexican during the recent Centennial banquet of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Here are her remarks:
    It means often feeling like there is only one degree of separation from each other, because New Mexico is geographically large but really a small community.
    It means that although I was born in Albuquerque, I am privileged to have roots and be a part of this land. My mother was born on a homestead at Three Rivers, right next to the A.B. Fall ranch, and my father came to San Marcial, south of Socorro, as a small boy.

  • Celebrate bringers of better ways

     Molybdenum, the unpronounceable metal, is a timely topic for this holiday eve. And not just for the yellow-green fire that molybdenum adds to fireworks.
    We celebrate the start of cleanup work at the Chevron Questa Mine Superfund Site in Taos County.
    The decades of old-style molybdenum mining and milling near Questa left environmental problems for others to deal with. The current owner of the operations is Chevron Mining. Most of the mess was made by Molycorp, Inc.
    How does mining work? Surface rock is removed to get at the ore. The ore is mined and sent to the mill nearby that extracts molybdenum and leaves behind the tailings to dispose of.

  • Prepare early for business sale

     Because selling a business is the most important financial transaction of an owner’s life, he should think carefully about his exit strategy before it’s time to leave. 

    The choices are many: He can transfer the enterprise to a family member or sell to a strategic partner and retain some involvement. He can take it public or sell and move on. Most exits follow this last path.

  • Gov. will survive emailgate

     SANTA FE — Our new governor has been accident prone recently. At least that is the way members of her administration have explained it. There were oversights, a typo, and a foggy memory. 

    A big uproar was created over the governor’s chief advisor, Jay McCleskey, obtaining a list of non-union teachers from the Public Education Department. That act created a number of controversies. First was preferential treatment. How did McCleskey get a request filled without putting it in writing? 

  • A new way to fight fires?

    SANTA  FE  —  If we don’t improve our firefighting, the Rockies will burn down. Those were the words of retired Los Alamos scientist Chick Keller when interviewed by Capitol Reports.
    Keller has a point. We are not utilizing all the resources our nation has to fight wildfires. Almost every year fires in Western states are setting records for most land burned and that will continue until we get smarter.
    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) criticized the Forest Service for its handling of the Ruidoso fire that burned over 200 homes. There appeared to be opportunities to stop the fire in its early stages if the right actions had been taken at the right time.

  • The colors of freedom

    “I have profound respect for the one sentence of the Declaration of Independence that I’ve actually read.”  (Author unknown)
     This quote does call to question, “Exactly which sentence do people remember?”  My favorite happens to be “They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.”  It’s not often that you get to use a cool word like consanguinity.  Verisimilitude is another favorite of mine (truly it is).
     Anyway, with Independence Day just around the corner, what better way to commemorate the virtues of freedom than sitting back and enjoying the artful lyrics of “Born to Be a Hick,” “Wax the Booty,” and “Killing Brain Cells?”

  • Celebrating July 4 with your pet

    This Wednesday, most people will spend the day outside celebrating Independence Day watching fireworks with their family and friends.  Often, people bring their dogs to enjoy the day’s festivities.  There are a few things to know if you plan to spend July 4 outside with your pets.
    Dr. Melanie Bolling, veterinarian for the Small Animal Hospital at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said the most common problem associated with July 4 is dogs’ sensitivity to the noise from the fireworks.

  • When public emails go private

    Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez issued an edict declaring, henceforth, members of her administration would no longer use their private email systems to transact official business of the state.
     Martinez reportedly said even she would abide by her new directive.
    The day following Martinez’s directive, news broke that her former corrections secretary, Lupe Martinez, had given an affidavit stipulating that the governor’s chief of staff actually instructed that private emails be used to circumvent requests for public records.
    Conducting public business by means of private email accounts has been a source of controversy for Martinez from almost the beginning.