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Today's Opinions

  • Denish’s spending reforms prompt questions

         SANTA FE – Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has unveiled fiscal reform proposals designed to save New Mexico millions of dollars. It is a three-part proposal. She advocates an end to double-dipping, in which retirees return to work and collect a paycheck in addition to their state retirement check.

  • Do we need government involved in health care?

    Our legislators are currently debating the future of healthcare in the United States, but behind the healthcare bills is the deeper question if we really need the government’s involvement in every area of our lives. When addressing that issue today, we must first remember how it has been answered in the past. Universal healthcare is a recent phenomenon, but the US is one of the few remaining developed nations without it. This is probably due to our founders, and the distrust they had of government.

  • 12 ideas for greening the holidays

    Wondering how to deck the halls with GREEN gift ideas this holiday season? At PEEC we brainstormed our favorite green gifts and came up with a list to share.

  • Taking the revenue enhancement route

    SANTA FE — New Mexico voters are smarter than many people think. There has been talk recently that no House member is going to vote for a tax increase in the coming 2010 Legislature because all 70 must stand for reelection next year.

    Essentially they are saying voters won’t stand for a tax increase no matter what the reason. And yet two polls in the past month indicate a majority of registered voters say they support higher taxes to get us through this period of economic crisis.

  • It's official: We're not California

    The latest unemployment numbers won’t cheer your heart, which will surprise nobody. It’s hard to spin that data and yet a new study takes a slightly different view: New Mexico is better able than many states to dig itself out.

    The jobless rate edged up from 7.7 to 7.9 percent for October, still below the nation’s 10.2 percent. We’re squarely in the middle, ranking-wise.

  • Seeing Pearl Harbor day from the Phillippines

    SANTA FE — On Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941 New Mexico’s National Guard troops deployed to the Philippines knew the Japanese would attack them the same day.

    They had been watching reconnaissance planes fly over every day, but had orders not to fire. Our reconnaissance planes saw the huge buildup on Formosa. Japan had captured everything to the north, including China. The Philippines were the last major obstacle on the way to Australia.

  • Lawmakers are between a rock and a hard place

    As we approach the season of good cheer, count me among those who wish members of New Mexico’s Legislature the happiest of holidays. If they’re smart they’ll sock a little of that happiness away so as to have something to draw on in the weeks ahead.

    They’ll need it.

    Only 18 days after the New Year dawns, state lawmakers convene at the Roundhouse for their 2010 legislative session.

  • Thurston for a cure

    Cancer. It’s a horrible thing. The very idea of it frightens people. Even the word is threatening. Some people call it the C-word as if careful not to say it out loud, either out of courtesy to those who have it or perhaps fear of getting it themselves (like knocking on wood). When someone contracts cancer, it consumes his or her life.