Justice Department’s intrusion demands explanation

The U.S. Justice Department appears to have crossed a bright line that shields one of the cherished tenets of the nation's Constitution that the agency's top officers take an oath to protect and defend. This dangerous intrusion cannot be allowed to stand. It's been revealed that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months worth of […]

Lopez statue great idea, with private dollars

Government should spend public money on projects that benefit the public — not on monuments honoring iconic sports figures. We're not sure what our Legislature was thinking when it allocated $150,000 to build a statue honoring golf legend Nancy Lopez in her hometown of Roswell. We're glad Gov. Susana Martinez was thinking, and watching out […]

Good to see Tucumcari back in racetrack race

New Mexico's racing commission is scheduled to meet April 25 and, once again, begin seeking applications for a racetrack and casino. We're glad to see Tucumcari will re-enter the race it first entered more than five years ago. A group of investors representing La Mesa Racetrack and Casino in Raton won the commission's favor when […]

Letter to the editor: Obamacare only bad for special interests

The constant pitch you hear from conservative publications, talk shows and columnists: Obamacare is bad. The reason: There is a well funded and organized group that benefits billions from the status quo. The various "think tanks" were set up for the purpose of promoting their ideology that maintains their flow of wealth and power. Facts […]

TSA finally coming to its senses

You're getting ready to board a plane at an airport in, say, Lubbock or Amarillo. An agent asks you to empty your pockets into a plastic tray. The contents include a pocket knife you've been carrying since Grandpa gave it to you when you were a youngster. Hey, no problem, the agent says. You can […]

Our viewpoint: Eco-devo secrecy a bad idea

State Rep. Anna Crook surely hasn't been hit with a case of amnesia. However, she has introduced a bad piece of legislation that suggests she's forgotten a significant government foul-up in her hometown of Clovis. Crook, a Republican, introduced House Bill 592 to the Legislature, which would exempt activity related to economic development entities from […]

Our viewpoint: Lawmakers are bound by laws, too

Bipartisanship lives in the New Mexico House of Representatives, but this example of handholding needs to stop immediately. Speaker W. Ken Martinez, D-Grants, and Minority Leader Don Bratton, R-Hobbs, have come up with the idea that they and their legislative colleagues are exempt from the same public scrutiny as other elected officials across the state. […]

Sen. Pat Woods appreciated input

An open letter to residents of District 7: You told me what needs to be fixed and I am working on your behalf to fix them in Santa Fe. I have been told there aren't many new ideas up here, but I have to tell you, your bold ideas and vital concerns are new and […]

Government transparency: Public payroll data available

In an effort to improve government transparency throughout New Mexico, the Rio Grande Foundation has requested and published payroll data for the 35 largest cities throughout New Mexico and all 33 counties in the state. Some cities including Albuquerque and Rio Rancho post payroll information online. Bernalillo County also posts salary data on its website. […]

Salary postings latest effort to promote government transparency

New Mexico's Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes individual liberty and government transparency, has published payroll data for New Mexico cities and counties. Here's a portion of its press release announcing the data: In an effort to improve government transparency throughout New Mexico, the Rio Grande Foundation has requested and published payroll data. Said Rio Grande […]