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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 >-. DTMS honors area veterans Tuesday Veterans were honored at a special Veterans Day ceremony at Dugan-Tarango Middle School Tues- day. Local veterans were invited to attend and were individually recognized during the event, which featured a history of the schools' namesakes, Ben Dugan and MagdalenoTarango. Above,4heTarango Family accepts a certifi~,ate on behalf of their fallen family member while, below, Gloria Walsmith, accepts the sameon behalf of her brother, Ben Dugan. At bottom, the Lordsburg Border Patrol Explorers presented the colors at the beginning of the ceremony, which was open to the public and attended by DTMS students. Herald staff photos Dispatch New Mexico- With elections over, it's time to govern ByTOM MCDONALD In fairness, however, she only bodes poorly for the Republi- Dispatch New Mexico -- Now that all the noise of the election is over, can we turn our attention .back to governing? We'll soon see how Susana Martinez intends to run things in her sec- ond term. She cer- tainly has a different dynamic going for her legislatively, now that the House is under the control of her very own Republican Party. But since the Democrats still have the Senate, getting actual legislation passed and onto the governor's desk for signing will continue to be" a formidable challenge. Will there be gridlock in Santa Fe? Perhaps. Or maybe they'll figure out how to work together despite their political differences. Interestingly, Martinez is now facing what Obama had to deal with for four years --- only for the President it was an obsti- nate House that brought on the gridlock, while Martinez will be facing a Democratic Senate. As divisive as New Mexico politics can be, I think it's worse on the national s{age. In fact, I actually expect some things to get done in the state's upcoming legislative session, despite the partisanship. Raising the minimum wage, for example, is actually do-able in 2015. During the last legislative session, the Democrats blew it on this issue. Instead of going for the wage hike by way of a legisla- tive Act, the Dems got behind a proposed constitutional amend- ment that would have tied the wage to the rate of inflation. But if they'd only presented the gov- ernor with a modest rate increase, she said she would have signed it. Tom McDonald said that after the issue had been killed for the session. Still, the Dems should be able to take ad- vantage of the situation in the coming session, by getting a modest mini- mum wage increase passed through both chambers en route to the governor's "prom- ised" signing. As crazy as it sounds, I'll wager that an increase in this state's minimum wage will occur next year, with enough Republi- cans on board for such a bill to pass in the state House. Then, our governor will sign it and it'll be touted as an example of how moderate Republicans still exist. Another issue that c0u~d gain traction in the upcoming session is health care, thanks to some spe- cific and pragmatic recommenda- tions by Think New Mexico. This nonpartisan think tank wants the legislature to reign in health care costs by making hospital charges and quality of care data available for public scrutiny, and by out- lawing the practice of price dis- crimination by providers. The group's proposals would open up free-market forces in health care and better serve health care con- sumers- proposals that the Re- publican Party would be foolish. not to embrace. If Think New Mexico's legislation passes in the coming session, it could become a feather in the state GOP's cap. Still, with politically di- vided chambers in the upcoming 60-day session, it'll be easy to kill legislation. If the Republicans, or those who influence the GOP, don't want a bill passed, they'll kill it in the House; while the Democrats and their backers can do the same thing in the Senate with bills they don't like. That cans, because they'll be the ones to look bad if gridlock dominates the Roundhouse for the next two years. The Republicans, after all, rule the roost now, so it's theirs to lose. Moreover, unless Martinez is OK with a gubernatorial legacy that includes legislative inepti- tude -- like railing for years against driver's licenses being given to undocumented aliens and getting absolutely nothing done about it -- she'll need to take advantage of the redrawn political lines. During her first term in of- rice, Martinez had a House and Senate dominated by the Dems, so she had an excuse for accom- plishing so little legislatively. Now, she has the House in her corner, so she should be. able to get more done. But how effective will she be at getting the Senate to work with her? The answer to that depends on how much both sides are will- ing to compromise. To get things done, deals must be cut to the benefit of both political factions. If Martinez wants to get anything accomplished in the Round- house, she'll have to come down from her fourth-floor perch and do a little schmoozing of her own. Which brings us back to poli- tics -- the art of the compromise. It isn't always pretty but, for bet- ter or worse, it's a necessary a part of governing. And that, fellow voters, is what wejust set the stage for. Tom McDonald is editor of the New Mexico Community News Exchange and owner-managerof Gazette Media Services LLC. He may be reached at 505-426-4199 or tmcdonald@gazettemedia services, com. ~-:" Seni0rCitizens I Historic Panoramic Photograph forsale I , Lordsburg ! I 49 x 8 printed on foam core board--can be framed or displayed without a frame. I Can be seen at the Hidalgo County Herald. 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Courtesy photo PRINTING 575.542.8705 Located i. the Hidalgo Courtly Herald - - .22 am 6 IIIIli II I I "1 I I I I I I I] II I I II I I NOTICE TOTAXPAYERS Notice is hereby given by Tyler G Massey, Hidalgo County Treasurer, that the 2014 Property Tax Schedule has been delivered by the Assessor of Hidalgo County and the taxes on said Tax Schedule are due and payable. First half due November 10, 2014, they become delinquent after December 10, 2014. Second half due April 10, 2014, they become delinquent after May 10, 2014. Tax bills have been mailed to the address on file. If you do not receive your tax bills please call' 542-9313 or come by the Treasurer's Office at the'Courthouse on 300 Shakespeare, Lordsburg, New Mexico 88045. Receipts will be returned if payments are accompanied by a STAMPED SELF ______ ADDRESSED ENVELOPE. . Respectfully, The Treasurer's 6~ce now accepts Visa, ~ . Tyler G. 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