Recently, while sitting at the Sunport, I picked up a copy of The Economist, and in the United States section, an article leapt off of the page that was much closer to home: “Police violence: Breaking, and Bad,” a piece about Albuquerque’s struggles with our police force and our floundering economy. As I read the article, I hoped that other readers would believe that these struggles are part of a recent one-off phenomenon that we will move past, because I love this state, where I was born and raised, and am grateful for the opportunity to raise my own family here.
But reflecting on the story, I couldn’t help but recognize that many of our current issues have been with us for a long time. Even preparing for debate tournaments in high school nearly 20 years ago, I remember discussing New Mexico’s low rankings in health care and family income. Our state, over the past several decades, can be likened to a slowing train — one that, without substantive intervention, will eventually grind to a halt.