We all hope that when the time comes for us to die, our passing is quick and painless. But certain illnesses make a peaceful, dignified death all but impossible. Aid in dying is an option that gives terminally ill people some measure of comfort and control at the end of life.
New Mexico is in the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region, a culturally and economically vibrant area that more than 15 million Americans call home.
Capital punishment is emblematic of our broken justice system. It is cruel, outdated, costed New Mexico millions of dollars, and didn't make us any safer. Multiple studies have shown that the death penalty is used in a discriminatory manner against people of color and poor people.
Our constitution is meant to safeguard against government abuses of power. But all too often, the rights of those involved in the criminal justice system are compromised or ignored.
Our criminal justice system is broken. Over the past few decades, our leaders have focused almost exclusively on increasingly tough penalties that do not deter criminals and do nothing to help increase public safety.