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What Big Wind doesn’t tell us

Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association came to Santa Fe to release its national “market” report for 2017. The slick marketing materials the lobbying organization dispensed at the Roundhouse claimed that wind in the U.S. is...

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Local victories are freeing New Mexico workers

The following appeared in the Washington Examiner on April 26, 2018:             Right-to-work policies have spread like wildfire across the country in recent years, but the latest movement is happening at the local level. It started in Kentucky, and then localities...

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Institutional racism or something more complicated?

There has been a lot of talk recently in New Mexico political circles about the extremely touchy issue of racism or institutional racism. As a Catholic, I remain outraged by Allen Sánchez, the lobbyist for the archbishops in New Mexico, asserting that racism was...

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Pre-K programs no match for improved teachers

The Catholic archbishops of New Mexico have become the leading advocates of increasing the money taken out of the state’s “Permanent Fund” in an effort to create a variety of early childhood programs, including “pre-K.” This has been a controversial issue in the...

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This article appeared in ABQ Biz First on Monday, March 5, 2018. Albuquerque’s City Council will soon vote on yet another gross receipts tax (GRT) hike. If adopted, the rate will have risen from 5.8125 percent to 7.875 percent, a nearly 52 percent increase, since...

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