Journalism that is hopeful

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Today there are lots of reasons in our state and nation to feel cynical. Our system is a divided, dysfunctional mess. It’s structured in a way that gives some people advantages based on factors including socioeconomic status, gender, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

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Lots of people across the ideological spectrum feel like our system isn’t serving them. Maybe you’re among them. I certainly am at times.

It doesn’t have to be that way. There’s lots of room for improvement. And it’s up to us to make it happen.

I choose to believe we can change the system. I choose hope.

As I wrote in my column announcing NMPolitics.net’s return, I believe we’re best when we work together, and I want to help pull New Mexico in that direction. I’m a native New Mexican. I’m raising my daughter here. I’m committed to helping better this state.

Yes, voter turnout is at an all-time low. Yes, New Mexico is at the bottom of most of the important lists. Yes, New Mexico in many ways remains stuck, as it has for decades through the tenures of Democratic and Republican governors, and in spite of various efforts to improve quality of life that came from across the ideological spectrum.

In spite of that, I believe we can create a more empowering system that better serves all of us. But we have to work together.

As the journalist running NMPolitics.net, here’s my commitment to you:

  • I will strive to place issues in their proper context, to not oversimplify and engage in he-said, she-said reporting.
  • I will work to understand all people and treat them with dignity and respect, and do my best to be fair.
  • I will listen and seek to understand, approaching the conversation with a deep belief that all people have something to contribute and should have a voice.
  • I will have the courage to tell the stories I find and challenge power.

What about you? Are you hopeful? Skeptical? Engaged? Sitting on the sidelines? Your participation in the NMPolitics.net community is vital! We all need you to work with us to move forward.

Make a donation to NMPolitics.net today! Your contributions make this community possible. You can donate here.

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Thanks! I’m glad to be on this journey with you.

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