Monday, December 31, 2012
Who can guess what our state will look like in 2113? In 1912, radio, TV and the Internet were science fiction fantasies--if that. Predicting what strides and setbacks we will make in the next 100 years is a search for fool's gold, but make them we will....
New Mexican Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management for the Department of the Interior wants to say a final goodbye to one of the 20th century political giants we lost this month--New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan:
Joe, The Speaker was a man of great dignity who was level-headed and absorbed information like a sponge. He listened, and learned from all kinds of people, and always found a way forward. What an excellent example he set not only in New Mexico, but for other elected leaders across the country. I felt lucky to know him and I appreciated his generosity toward me over the years.
The Speaker was also tough as nails and not without his critics who blasted him for keeping too tight a grip on the House and for not encouraging transparency. But he was a "doer," always seeking to move the ball forward--and thus the state. That's why we believe history will judge him kindly...
We will be looking for more leaders like the late Speaker in the new year to tackle a number of historic problems facing the state.
But for now let's sing a song of cheer and thank our lucky stars that we are around to bring in another new year in this ancient land of Nuevo Mexico. Again, Happy New Year!
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