The death of former state Rep. Max Coll at 82 offers the opportunity to reflect on a different political world. It is hard to imagine someone starting out today as a Roswell conservative and ending up a Santa Fe liberal — harder to imagine that anyone would want to, or that circumstances would allow such an evolution.
Coll became a master of the House of Representatives over his 32 years of service. He mentored such stalwarts as Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, another giant, and was successed in the House by now-state Sen. Peter Wirth. Along his path, Coll never stopped paying attention to the pennies spent by government — he knew they could add up to dollars and, eventually, big money.