Local Viewpoints

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Commentary: “The Trump era has given me this persistent feeling of unreality,” wrote journalist Ezra Klein on Twitter earlier this month. “I am watching this, and reporting on it, and covering it, and there’s a part of me that still can’t believe it’s happening, that these tweets are real, that this man is actually the president.”

How does such a prominent journalist remain so innocent?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)

Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. -  Today, the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced their intent to appeal the 9th Circuit Court’s decision which blocked the Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rescission and forced the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) dept. to reinstate DACA renewals.

Attorney General Balderas Sues to Stop Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality

Jan 16, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

Commentary: The number $18 billion seems to roll off the tongue. This is the amount that President Trump recently announced he wants Congress to budget for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The figure certainly has a ring to it, and to realize how much money this represents, I started researching major infrastructure projects in the U.S. and doing some rudimentary calculations to see how far $18 billion would stretch. I think that this is especially relevant given President Trump’s push for infrastructure funding in other areas.

peter goodman

Commentary: In 2016 we amended the state constitution to change long-standing bail rules. Under those rules, a poor defendant who wasn't a danger to the community or a serious flight risk could linger in jail because s/he couldn't post bond. A wealthier defendant, even a dangerous one, could post bond and be out on the street again. The new rules aimed to change that.


Bailbondsfolk complained that the change threatened their livelihood – and was unconstitutional. (A court challenge failed.) 


Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), along with CPC Health Task Force Chair Rep.

New Mexico Bill Aims To Change Rules On Secret Settlements

Jan 13, 2018
Senator Sander Rue- R- Albuquerque

Commentary: Santa Fe— Now, everything is secret. But that could change under a bill filed this week.

The public’s money will no longer be used to buy silence when settlements are paid out for harassment and other human rights violations claims in New Mexico under Senator Rue’s bill.  All violation settlements will be made public and posted on the state’s Sunshine Portal website or no tax dollars will be paid out under a bill filed this week.

Commentary: We all share the same earth. We all share the same drinking water. We all breath the same air. We all rely on the same oxygen to exist. We all need the food that is produced from the soil. We all need the sound of birds and the touch of sunlight. We all need to feel and to love. There is so little that separates us when it comes to what we need to thrive as a species. Politics and religion make us sick of this world. Economics and warfare make us scared to dream of real freedom. The pressures of being right and powerful becomes an obsession that eliminates all other values.

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, NM: On Friday, New Mexico organizations and individuals launched NM Together for Healthcare, a campaign to make good healthcare affordable for everyone in the state. The campaign includes an initiative to advance an innovative Medicaid buy-in plan to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare.

“We are all equal in deserving health care,” said Alfonso Yazzie, healthcare leader from Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico. (donald trump)

Commentary: Over the past year I have written dozens of articles, blogs, op-eds, and even poems directed at Donald J. Trump. I am exhausted. I really do not have anything else to say about the man. I am actually quite bored with him.

Commentary: From America's Voice Texas-During a weekend in which our country will celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, many Americans will also have to grapple with the fact that the President of the United States is a racist.

Said Mario Carrillo, Director of America’s Voice Texas:

Recommended New Year’s resolution: Stop being a bigot

Jan 12, 2018

Commentary: America is rife with bigotry and we need to stop being bigots. Intolerance of others’ point of view characterizes current politics and it needs to end now.

A bigot, of course, is someone obstinately devoted to their own views, especially in regards to members of another group. Our country is ripe with bigoted Democrats intolerant of Republicans and bigoted Republicans intolerant of Democrats. This is very sad as the differences between the parties are modest.

VIDEO: Udall Highlights Urgent Need to Protect Dreamers

Jan 11, 2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

VIDEO: Heinrich Takes To Senate Floor To Urge Republicans To Pass Bipartisan Dream Act

Jan 11, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today

Jan 11, 2018
National Archives: Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. at 1963 March on Washington / Public Domain

Commentary: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been gone for almost fifty years. Despite his absence, his words and powerful living example continue to reach out with authority across all these decades and speak directly to our times and lives today.

Commentary: In December, the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT) approved a plan to let El Paso Electric impose a minimum bill of $30 on new solar customers – likely the highest such fee anywhere in the nation.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: BATON ROUGE ― The Louisiana Association of Educators and Vermilion Association of Educators will host a #TeacherVoice rally Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in Abbeville to stand with Deyshia Hargave and all Louisiana educators and students. Ms.

Community Services for Seniors to Continue without Disruption

Jan 10, 2018

Commentary: SANTA FE, NM -- The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) last month elected to terminate its contract with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging (NMAAA) amid serious concerns about fiscal management and accounting for state and federal funds for senior programs across New Mexico. After discovering a pattern of inaccurate recording and reporting of funds by NMAAA, the Department also referred these concerns to the Office of the State Auditor on December 20 to request assistance to further investigate the accounting and use of public funds.

Trump’s EPA Administrator Pruitt Should be Recused from Attempt to Repeal Clean Power Plan

Jan 9, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM - Joining a coalition of 19 states and municipalities, Attorney General Hector Balderas today submitted a 30-page comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on due process violations, lack of fairness, and ethical lapses that arise from Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in the proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

Addressing Crime In New Mexico

Jan 9, 2018

Commentary: Crime is out of control in New Mexico.  Property crimes in Albuquerque are the highest in the nation and violent crimes are increasing at an alarming rate.  Crime, particularly related to drug abuse, is rampant in communities throughout the state.  It seems like every night brings news of some horrible crime in our communities. But, ironically, we know how to effectively fight this problem and we have the ability to fix it.   The question is whether, in this next legislative session, we have the will to fix it.

Unconventional Wisdom in the Middle East

Jan 9, 2018

Commentary: Recent events across the Middle East put the lie to one of the foreign policy establishment's most enduring tenets of conventional nonsense: that Israeli-Palestinian peace is key to greater regional peace and stability. 

Sharing concerns over hegemony-seeking Iran and radical Islamic forces like the Islamic State group and Muslim Brotherhood, the key Arab states of Egypt and Saudi Arabia are drawing ever closer to Israel - with officials appearing together publicly, meeting privately and collaborating to confront their mutual adversaries. 

Lujan Grisham Urges HHS To Investigate The Martinez Administration

Jan 8, 2018
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter today urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to immediately investigate the Martinez administration’s decision to terminate its contract with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging which provides critical services like adult day care, meal services, caregiving, transportation, and respite care for tens of thousands of vulnerable seniors throughout New Mexico. 

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 263,000 Salvadorans living in the United States after previously revoking TPS for 59,000 Haitians, 1000 Sudanese, and 2,500 Nicaraguans.


Commentary: Washington, D.C. — On a press call this afternoon, experts and advocates, including representatives of the business community, the Salvadoran community and TPS holders, condemned the Trump Administration’s unprincipled decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans and called on Congress to step in and enact legislation to provide a path to permanent status for Salvadorans and others with TPS..

What To Watch For In Iran's Turmoil

Jan 8, 2018

Commentary: Will Iran's pro-democracy protests last? As the uprisings that have unexpectedly swept across the Islamic Republic approach their second full week, that's the question on the mind of policymakers in Washington. 

In contrast to its counterparts in Europe, the Trump administration has forcefully backed Iran's protesters and their political aspirations, and U.S. officials are now contemplating their next steps in support of Iran's opposition. As they do, they should keep their eyes on three key factors that will help determine the success or failure of today's ferment. 

Can You Trump This?

Jan 8, 2018 (donald trump)

Commentary: Can You Trump This?

Being President is serious business, as are the affairs of a Great Nation. At least they are supposed to be. But reading the news these days you might begin to wonder if things going on in and around the Nation’s Capital was more like a game show.

A New Plan For New Mexico's Spaceport America

Jan 8, 2018

Commentary: Spaceport America - Our Spaceport - is a problem for us.  It has cost over $220M and counting, so far, but has returned virtually nothing on that investment.  

My 2018 to-do list is getting longer

Jan 8, 2018

Commentary: Top 10 lists are generally reserved for the end of the year, reviewing the concluding year’s ten best films, books, TV shows, microwave burritos, pothole repairs and inappropriate but funny jokes told by friends. My Top 10 list looks forward, into the coming year and what I want to accomplish in 2018.

Alamogordo Women's March Set For January 21

Jan 7, 2018

Commentary: We Trust Women will host the First Annual Alamogordo Women's March on January 21st, 2018, in conjunction with the Women's Marches in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, all over the United States and in Washington, D.C.

Republicans Placate Trump For Their Own Policy Goals

Jan 7, 2018 (donald trump)

Commentary: We all know that Trump is a bully, needs constant praise and acts like an adult child. We don’t need the new book— “Fire and Fury” --to recognize these personal characteristics. We have observed this erratic behavior for many years. How come Congressional members of the Republican party put up with this delusional behavior—with few exceptions?