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Keyword: Walt Rubel
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As a general rule, I think elections are better than appointments, and more perspectives are better than fewer. And so, the proposed constitutional amendment to reform the state’s Public Regulation Commission comes to the plate with two strikes against it in my scorebook. more
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, but change came slower to Birmingham, Alabama. more
This is why we can’t have nice things. That was essentially the claim made by local developer Randy McMillan after plans fell through for a special tax district to fund an upscale project on the old Las Cruces Country Club property off Main Street. more
Can we have a recovery before we find a cure to the sickness? Debbi Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, was recently selected for a national group formed by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. more
When Mario Moccia was named athletics director at New Mexico State University in 2014, he inherited a men’s basketball program that, thanks in part to the legacy of Lou Henson, was a consistent conference champion and qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. more
“Where do you draw the line?” my friend asked, as we watched a news clip of Confederate monuments being removed. It’s a fair question, given the recent toppling of a monument dedicated to Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco. more
When I moved to Las Cruces in 2002, The Whole Enchilada Fiesta was the one annual event that was listed in all the national tour guides. more
Six months into this pandemic, it has become tragically clear that the coronavirus has no understanding of or regard for American exceptionalism. more
The New Mexico Legislature passed a number of useful bills in the recently completed special session dealing with police reform, racial equality and elections. more
The decision 16 years ago to choose diversion of the Gila River over water conservation and restoration projects resulted in a promise that was always going to remain out of reach: new water. more
The New Mexico Open Meetings Act requires the Las Cruces City council and other government entities to provide notice before each meeting and access to see and hear what is happening during each meeting. more
In October, a representative for Public Safety Strategies Group, a private firm based out of Maryland that had been hired by the city to conduct regular police audits, presented an update to the city council. It did not go well. more
Do government officials get to tell the people protesting against them how, when and where they can protest? more
Fans of horror movies know there are always early scenes that tip you off to the terrible things that will come later. I had that feeling last week as I watched the press conference held by prosecutors in Minnesota. more
How do candidates running for office for the first time introduce themselves to the public at a time when public introductions can be deadly? more
In the wee hours of the morning on Feb. 19, the New Mexico House of Representatives voted to give final approval to a $7.6 billion state budget, an increase in spending of about 8 percent from the previous year. more
I still remember the day my dad taught me about the importance of a handshake. more
It feels like we’re all in the opening scene of a horror movie, with birds flocking ominously on power lines all over town. more
Being a voter in New Mexico during the presidential primary election is a little bit like being a Cleveland Browns fan during the Super Bowl. It’s interesting to watch, but it would be a lot more … more
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