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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:00 pm

When state Sen. John Arthur Smith speaks, people listen — and that includes the rest of the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez. A Democrat from Deming, Smith is a respected voice on fiscal matters and serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

That he has taken the trouble to write to Gov. Martinez about concerns with the financial state of Northern New Mexico College should alert its supporters. That would include students, faculty and staff, not to mention the people of Española and greater Rio Arriba County. The college, whether in its two- or four-year form, is an economic driver in Northern New Mexico. Not only does it provide jobs, but the degrees students obtain mean better wages and salaries, all of which help the economy. Founded in 1909 as a Normal school that trained teachers, the college has been opening the doors to opportunity for more than 100 years.

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