Editorial: What the candidates for governor said…

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If you missed Tuesday evening’s (Jan. 23) candidates forum at Taos Mesa Brewing, don’t worry. We livestreamed the event on Facebook and what the four Democrat candidates had to say. On stage were businessman Jeff Apodaca, lawyer and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes, alcohol prevention specialist Peter DeBenedittis, and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham.

From early childhood education to mental health, the candidates covered a lot of ground. Some of the questions they answered came from Taos High School students, who asked what the candidates would do to provide more opportunities to young people, so they won’t leave the state and how the candidates would address the needs of LGBQT youth.

The forum was a chance to see how the candidates handle themselves with tough questions and with each other.

We encourage you to watch the replay and take note of things the candidates said. In the weeks and months ahead, see if what they said at the forum matches up to what they say in other debates, news stories and in their advertising. See if what they say makes sense. Compare what they say to their past voting records if they are already elected officials.

Whoever is elected governor will guide New Mexico through multiple challenges for four years.

Let’s make sure it is the right person.

Chime in on Carson National Forest’s plan

Carson National Forest is in the next phase of rewriting its management plan, a periodic exercise conducted by all national forests every few years. The public is urged to read the proposed plan and alternatives and comment.

This management plan rewrite is critical because of the change in the federal administration a year ago. The Trump administration has made it plain its intention is to roll back regulations, including protections for water, wildlife and the environment in general. It is imperative for people who care about the forests – including ranchers, hikers, conservationists, woodcutters, horseback riders and hunters – to take a look at the proposed alternatives in the management plan and weigh in.

As Jim O’Donnell, one of our My Turn opinion writers notes this week, there’s a lot at stake.

Comments are “most helpful” by Feb. 1, according to the Forest Service. Find the planning document at bit.ly/2n6Q0Xl or go by the Carson National Forest office in Taos to read a hard copy.

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