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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 Dispatch New Mexico- Martinez losing her 'transparency' luster By TOM MCDONALD It must be written in a manual somewhere: If you're going to run for office, promise transparency, then after your election, stick with the rhetoric but don't feel you have to live up to it. That's what Bill Richardson did. As the Democratic Party can- didate, he promised openness, then, as governor, stuck to the script but went behind closed doors anyway. He may have talked a good game, but he wasn't above closing off or delaying the Farm Market kicks off th release ofrecordswhenitsuited his interests. Ap Then came Susana Martinez, on ril 9th at Ned Hall Park the Republicanalternativewho said she would restore public con- Submitted by SPIRIT of Hidalgo/ plan to increase access to and their families or to sell at the mar- , fidence in state government by ket, led by John Allen, Hidalgo Extension Agent. The Coalition is also sponsoring a "Grow-a- Row-to-Share" campaign, en- couraging growers to plant one extra row to bring to the market, share with their friends, or do- nate to local food pantries. Last year, growers from the Rodeo area trav- eled to Lordsburg to participate in that market, but found that there was enough de- mand right in their own area to develop another market in Ro- deo. "The cost of driving all the way to Lordsburg eliminated most of the growers' income," said Beth Cox, Food Programs Spe- cialist for Hidalgo Medical Ser- vices. "Besides, it is more about the gathering. People come down and play music and visit, and then go to dinner. It is a chance to come in and wind down with good people and good food." Rodeo Farmers Markets will be held on the 2"d Wednesday of every month through November. There are no vendor fees for this market. New vendors are always welcome. For more information about the Rodeo Farmers Market or grower classes in the Rodeo area. call Paula Ylarraz. Rodeo Market Manager. at 575-519- 2005. Fast Approval Build Your Credit No Checking Account Needed No Hassles Lordsburg Rodeo Farmers Markets will kick off the new season on April 9th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Mar- ket will be held at the roadside stand in Ned Hall Park (or at the Rodeo Community Center if the weather dictates). Winter pro- duce, such as lettuce and kale will be available, along with other local greenhouse and dried prod- ucts. The Hidalgo Farmers Market and Mercado was founded last year by the Hidalgo County Food Coalition, a partnership of SPIRIT of Hidalgo, Hidalgo Medical Ser- vices, and Hidalgo. County Co- operative Extension Services. "The farmers markets are just one component of a comprehensive making it more transparent than Richardson ever did. And for a while, I thought she was. As her years in office continued, how- ever, I've noticed that she's been on the "closed" side of a number of specific record requests and, just the other day, made it harder for some of her political adver- saries to access information they have a right to. A couple weeks ago, the governor declared that document and other information requests from the Legislative Finance and the Education Study committees botla controlled by Democrats must first go through her chief of staff, Keith Gardner. These two committees have oversight re- sponsibilities in state govern- ment, and need to be independent of the governor's influence to ef- fectively carry out their watch- dog roles, but Martinez's direc- tive undermines all that and more. Remember the civics lesson about the three branches of gov- ernment (executive, legislative and judicial) and.the system of "checks and balances" between the three? Well, in this case, we have the executive undermining the legislative by using one of democracy's most important rights, access to information, as a political weapon. This doesn't just fly in the face of transpar- ency; it undermines those checks and balances. If you think it's no big deal after all, those oversight com- mittees will still have access to the information, they just have to go through an extra step to get it think again. By putting her chief of staff in charge of infor- mation releases, the governor is essentially giving him (and her) the power to block or delay un- wanted inquiries. Plus. there's an intimidation factor: The governor will be monitoring lawmakers' requests. That may not scare away every- one, but those who need to remain on good terms with the governor might think twice before asking for documents or data that might put her in a negative light. A Martinez administration spokesperson defended the direc- tive by telling The Associated Press, which broke this story, that it's important to address informa- tion requests "'across all agencies" to make sure they're "function- ing collectively, in a cohesive manner and not compartmental- ized." That, I think, is both errone- ous and disingenuous. Erroneous because "spot checking" com- partmentalized records can be an effective approach to auditing an agency's operations. Disingenu- ous because it ignores the direc- tive for what it obviously is a consumption of healthy, fresh foods by residents of Hidalgo County," says Christine Ortiz, Director of SPIRIT of Hidalgo and Coalition Co- ordinator. "The rates of obesity-re- lated chronic dis- ease, such as dia- betes, hyperten- sion, and cancer, are staggering for this area. And, those rates are twice as high- among the His- panic population." Just like last year, the Coali- tion is hosting a series of grow- ing classes to help people who want to grow fresh produce for Call Us Today/ Apply in person on coil ahead! 716 S, Main Street * Lord bur, NM Call today! I II power play, pure and simple, especially if she makes too many It's been said that "informa- enemies. Granted, Democratic tion is power" and that's true. But lawmakers and union officials are controlling information can be already her political adversaries, even more powerful, and that's so perhaps nothing's lost as a re- what the governor is going after, sult of her latest affronts. So far this election year, But she'd better be careful Mart'lnez has taken off the gloves about all that transparency rheto- and come after her opposition ric. That could offend another more than once. More than the powerful interest, the press, lawmakers she died up with her which doesn't take kindly to any- unreasonable demand, she also one who comes down on the ripped into labor unions, by de- wrong side of open government. claring (in an email to her Sup- That's in a manual some- porters) that unions shouldn't be' where, too: Never pick a fight with allowed to draw fees from non- someone who buys ink by the union state workers' paychecks, barrel. If Martinez doesn't walk One union official called her the talk a little better, she might words "a declaration of war." find ink stains all over her re-elec- In a crowded field of Demo- tion efforts. cratic challengers, Martinez stands in a good position to get Tom McDonald is editor of the New re-elected. She's had good ap- Mexico Community News Exchange proval ratings through her first and owner-manager of Gazette Me- term, and polls show her well out dia Services LLC. He may be reached front. 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