State’s voters head to polls

Jack King The stakes are high — and so may be the costs — of today’s special election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. so that voters can decide on two state Constitutional amendments and a proposed county gross receipts tax increase. Of the two amendments, No. 1 would create a […]

Teacher asks for ‘yes’ vote on amendments

Wendy Hubby By now, most citizens of Curry County are aware of the special election coming up on Tuesday. As a teacher of 17 years in Clovis, and as a parent of one child in the schools, I am asking the voting citizens to please pass the two constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment 1 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Richardson to push education reform

By Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in eastern New Mexico on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at 2:15 p.m. at Yucca Junior High School in Clovis and then at 4:30 p.m. at Portales High School. Officials said he will […]