Curry voters: No on everything

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Hannah Borden, 7, helps her father Billy Borden vote in Tuesday’s special election at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Gary Mitchell Although one state constitutional amendment won handily, the second amendment still was in doubt as of press time late Tuesday night. Voters have given Gov. Bill Richardson new powers he […]

Clovis residents speak out on two amendments.

By Gary Mitchell A special election presenting voters with two proposed constitutional amendments focusing on education is scheduled for Tuesday. Polls will be open at regular voting precincts from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Amendment No. 1 would transfer the state Department of Public Education to a cabinet department headed by a secretary of education. […]

Amendment answers lie in the past

Clint Harden After serving as the Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico’s Department of Labor for eight years and now as the State Senator for District Seven, I have crisscrossed this state talking and listening to hundreds if not thousands of New Mexicans. What I have heard is the top priorities of the state are water, […]

Editorial: Choice is clear — Amendments next Tuesday are bad ideas

Tuesday’s vote on Amendments 1 and 2 deserve no votes from you. They are the result of hurried legislation drafted under pressure from state leaders who believe they know best how to improve New Mexico’s public schools. Yes votes would give state leaders, including the governor, control of our public schools’ $2 billion state budget, […]

Amendment 2 will fail education future

By Brett D. Johnson Tuesday could be one of the most important days in New Mexico’s future. The reason: The people of this state will have a chance to give our education system a needed cash injection — paid for by our children, grandchildren and future generations. The Permanent School Fund is derived from income […]

Clovis: Mixed feelings on Amendments 1, 2

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot Sept. 23. Some responses: “Amendment 1 could save money that could be utilized somewhere else. As far as Amendment 2 goes, I know the schools could probably use more money, but the Land Grant money has been there since before […]

Voters face school issues

Gary Mitchell Area educators and legislators are reacting with cautious and mixed views regarding the two state constitutional education amendments facing voters on Sept. 23. Amendment No. 1 would do away with the existing Department of Education and create instead a cabinet-level public education department headed by a secretary of education. Amendment No. 2 would […]

Amendments 1, 2 not a political fight

Carroll Leavell I strongly object to the tenor and claims of your newspaper’s recent commentary, “Beware more control of our schools.” To set the record straight: These Constitutional amendments are about taking decisive action to fix our failing schools. We are 46th in the country in how we pay our teachers. We are 45th in […]

Voters can secure educational future

Ned Cantwell Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman don’t normally agree on much. They’ve been known to argue about where to have lunch. So why do the two United States Senators stand shoulder to shoulder in their solid support of a proposed amendment to the New Mexico state Constitution to invest more money in education? Because […]

Beware more control of our schools

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson explains his education vision with a passion befitting a master politician. He’s stumped throughout the state in recent weeks to ask New Mexicans to allow him to show us all how to put our public schools on the right path to producing better-prepared children — at no extra cost. To […]