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It’s okay to turn around

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There is an expression that says, “No matter how far you travel down the road you can always turn around?” When I first heard the statement my immediate thought was this is a gentle way of correcting men who struggle to accept the fact they took a wrong turn somewhere on the road. However, the more I reflected on the...

Veterans, active-duty to be honored by legislature

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SANTA FE —Military veterans and active-duty personnel will be honored at the State Capitol in Santa Fe on Jan. 31 during Military and Veterans Day at the 2018 Legislature.

This annual day during the legislative session is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country.

The highlight every year is a noon ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda honoring not only active-duty personnel and veterans, but also a particular segment of the military community. This year’s ceremony will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the 50th...

Familiarity doesn’t have to breed contempt in intimate business partnerships

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One advantage of running a small business with family or friends is that the principals know and are committed to one another and the success of their enterprise. But intimate partnerships also have potential relationship-based perils, some of which could cause work-force demoralization, legal problems and even failure.

The trick to making a small venture succeed is to acknowledge these risks from the start and institute processes to contain or minimize them.

Conflicts are inevitable, so prepare for them: Disputes arise in all businesses, but they’re harder to conceal in a small operation that doesn’t have a formal complaints-resolution process or human resources personnel...

NM KIDS COUNT data book shows some improvement, some decline in child well-being

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High rates of child poverty continue to hamper further progress

SANTA FE — Several indicators of child well-being are showing improvement in New Mexico, but a persistently high rate of children living in poverty continues to cast a pall over the state. That is the overall conclusion in the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, released Jan. 16 by New Mexico Voices for Children at 10 am at the Roundhouse to coincide with the start of the legislative session.

The theme of this year’s report is “At a Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Child Well-being in New Mexico” to reflect unprecedented changes at the federal level as well as the fact that this year New Mexico voters will elect...

Heinrich urges reform of Gov. surveillance

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Jan. 17, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke on the Senate floor to express concern with Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act and urged his Senate colleagues to oppose the statute’s reauthorization until necessary privacy reforms are included.

Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Reforming and Improving the Government’s High-Tech Surveillance (USA RIGHTS) Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), that reforms Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end warrantless backdoor...

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