Public officials could use a few resolutions

As another new year has dawned, we suggest for consideration a few resolutions for our public officials and other community leaders.

Here are a few ideas for 2014 that taxpayers and their governments could benefit from throughout the next 12 months:

• New Mexico lawmakers: Do not waste one minute of the upcoming 30-day legislative session attempting to circumvent the state Supreme Court’s ruling that allows gay marriage.

Put personal preferences aside — along with those a few of your more vocal constituents have shared — and recognize discrimination has no place in government. Government noses do not belong in the bedroom of any consenting adults.

Bills trying to define marriage have failed repeatedly for many years. The climate for hating minorities has cooled considerably as our species has evolved.

You have far more important issues to debate. Get right to them.

• Portales City Council and other leaders: Trust, but verify.

You have learned this hard and expensive lesson recently.

No one blames you for losing $150,000 in economic development funds to Sunland Inc. officials who said their intention was to “save jobs in the community.”

What’s important is this not happen again.

Perhaps a routine question for anyone seeking grant money in the future — even if it’s a trusted friend — should be: “Have you started bankruptcy proceedings?”

• Roosevelt County Detention Center: Administrator David Casanova must encourage his staff to watch jail prisoners a little closer.

Mr. Casanova, you had five escapees in 2013, or four more than Curry County, which in recent years has set ignominious national standards for incompetent jail guards.

It’s great that county commissioners approved $57,000 to help with jail security. But the best way to keep inmates from using table legs to bust holes in the ceiling and climb onto the roof of the jail is to watch them closely.

• High Plains Patriots: End your obviously divisive feud for power to control the area the way only your members see fit. Quit the continual bad-mouthing and back- and front-bench nay-saying of everyone who makes comments at public meetings that you don’t like.

When you do that you sound like petulant teenagers. You don’t come across as beacons of intellectual strength to potential voters.

Instead, show respect. When it is your turn to talk, disagree politely and cogently.

After all, that’s what leaders do.

 

Unsigned editorials are the opinion of the Clovis Media Inc. editorial board, which includes Publisher Ray Sullivan and Editor David Stevens.

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