Editorial: Public officials make too many deals in private

They say the words, claiming "transparency" and "the public's right to know" are priorities. But too many public officials are conducting public business in private. They call it "executive session," the part of the public meeting when city councilors or county commissioners say some magic words and then sneak off into a private room where [...]

Editorial: Time to stop questions about guv’s grandpa

OK, so now we know. But why did anyone have to care? It's now been confirmed that Gov. Susana Martinez' paternal grandfather was a U.S. citizen and not an illegal immigrant. Holy smokes, is that ever a big load off all of our minds! It was almost getting to be the Barack Obama birth-certificate flap [...]

Editorial: Reading should be top priority for students

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Civil rights champion Frederick Douglass C oaches bring strategy, focus and inspiration to the game. It's hard to imagine a team succeeding without a good coach who can produce a gameplan, identify areas of vulnerability and then fortify them. So a recent effort to [...]

Editorial: Horse slaughter offers solution in tough time

Horses are majestic animals, loyal companions, hard workers, even great exercise. All true. But none of those points offer a reason to block the opening of a proposed equine slaughterhouse in Roswell. Yes, there is national outrage from animal rights activists, even from New Mexico politicians from both major parties, including Republican Gov. Susana Martinez: [...]

Court will decide fate of Zimmerman

No matter who says what in today's world of instant commentary, no one really knows whether George Zimmerman committed a crime Feb. 26, or if he was defending himself when he killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. And no matter whose side is more vocal, the American justice system rightly will decide Zimmerman's fate. Zimmerman, a [...]

Wisconsin GOP Gov. Walker needs to stay

Few people should be surprised that a recent poll of Wisconsin Republicans shows 82 percent of them approve of embattled GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Or that the state's liberals — led by Democrats and their union labor leaders who create smear and fear in equal measure — have targeted him in a June 5 recall [...]

Candidates should consider Johnson’s ideas

New Mexico remembers Gary Johnson as the two-term governor, 1995-2003, who vetoed more legislative bills than maybe all 49 other governors. By his count Johnson signed more than 750 vetoes. That left the state's Democrats and Republicans frustrated by what they thought of as gridlock rather than good government. We typically agreed with Johnson's assessment. [...]