Friday, September 11, 2015

Time For Gov. Martinez To Engineer SOS Departure? Plus: Our College Enrollment Crash And Defending Teens 

What is Santa Fe waiting for? Calling for the Secretary of State to resign is not a legal decision--it's a political decision, yet few politicians are publicly calling for SOS Dianna Duran--embroiled in a corruption scandal--to give up her office for the good of the state. Each day of indecision makes our national black eye that much darker. So far, Duran has not responded to impeachment pressure.

The Secretary surely deserves her day in court but New Mexicans also deserve something--an office that operates without the taint of scandal hanging over it and compromising confidence in government. The SOS is the symbolic home for our right to vote and all the struggle that has entailed. That's bigger than any individual's trauma.

If Governor Martinez can't negotiate a Duran resignation, then maybe she should call in former Governor Richardson and employ his diplomatic skills. Seriously, Governor, you need to get off the dime and convince your fellow Republicans to get Duran to head for the exits. Otherwise, the SOS scandal is going to become yours.


As a once thriving Sunbelt state on the move, who would have predicted we would see this day:

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a nonprofit focused on research and education policy, ranked New Mexico as having the largest enrollment drop nationwide last year. According to the report, registration at colleges and universities plummeted 8.3 percent between spring 2014 and spring 2015. That is especially steep when compared with the 1.9 percent enrollment drop nationwide. In all, higher education registration saw roughly 10,900 fewer students. .  

When you can throw your stuff in the back of the pick up and drive 6 or 8 hours to a place where the jobs are plentiful after you graduate, what's to keep you here? Not that that is the only reason for the decline.

GOOD BUT. . . 

This is good, but what about the heroin?

New Mexico health officials say the state will get federal funding for the next four years to stop prescription drug overdoses. The New Mexico Department of Health announced  that the state will be part of the new program that will issue an annual grant of $850,000.


Reader Deryle Perryman didn't like the advice given to teens here Thursday:

Joe, having spent over four decades working with young people, including experience as Chief Probation Officer in a Juvenile Court, I've got to say that swipe from Ms. Candeleria and the "Judge" was a cheap shot. More like bad advice from an uninformed source. Today's teen does volunteer, visit the sick, attend school, work, try to prevent war--not of their making--and make significant contributions to their communities. Even a one-eyed fool need only to do a simple Google search to find more data than one would want to read verifying that teen curfews don't work. Never have. They're just distracting and lazy and mean-spirited attempts to blame it all on the kids. It's a tough world out there, the kids don't need more bashing, they need some help.

Thanks for stopping by this week.

Reporting from Albuquerque, I'm Joe Monahan

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