Local Viewpoints

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  Commentary: Early one morning at an industrial park in Luna County, trucks honked their horns as they pulled out of the lot loaded with packages for delivery, stirring up dust as they pulled away. Gathered in a small greeting area were a dozen applicants for a part-time job supervising drivers. They were men and women, ranging from their early twenties into middle age. A few had worked for the company previously as seasonal drivers. Some had been laid off from other jobs.

peter goodman

  Commentary: Watching the stars here makes you think about watching the stars. You can see enough sky clearly enough to feel its vastness. When little white and red blinking lights cross your view, that's actually marvelous too. There are people up there! Jeez! You wouldn't see any such thing even 100 years ago. Just from watching, you wouldn't know that those guys aren't wandering around as far away as them stars.

It's incredible. It's sad that a majority of humans in the world don't get such a great view – or get it only occasionally, camping out. Jeez, we're lucky.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), made the following statements today after President Trump granted a permit to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Republicans Want to Strip Coverage from New Mexicans

Mar 24, 2017

Commentary: New Mexico - In an attempt to gain votes, Republicans in Congress are attempting to make Trump’s Health care plan even worse, by eliminating basic coverage requirements.


Commentary:  API President and CEO Jack Gerard welcomed the State Department’s approval of the cross-border permit needed for the advancement of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Commentary: Hello my name is Robert Hinton. Most people know me as Rob. I am a native New Mexican and have been a proud member of the Las Cruces community for over twenty-five years. However, at this time, I am concerned about various city government actions (past and present, as well as some imminent decisions that will greatly impact our future).

Trump’s Proposed Budget Will Pay for America’s Berlin Wall

Mar 23, 2017
Simon Thompson

Commentary: So much for Mexico paying for it. According to a recent CNBC article, “Trump will request more than $4 billion in defense spending to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the first federal dollars that would be allocated for one of his most divisive campaign promises.”

A New Mexico Special Session Because...?

Mar 21, 2017
Office of the Governor

Commentary: This year the governor ignored most important things and says "she will call lawmakers back to the state capital to renegotiate a budget… without increases in taxes and spending. … if lawmakers don’t agree to her terms for more spending cuts, state museums will begin to close” (The Republic and others).   More “my way or the highway.”

Trump’s New Budget Will Harm Public Lands

Mar 21, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: While I’m on board with reducing unneeded government bureaucracy as a general ethos, the 2018 federal budget that the Trump administration just released is beyond problematic. The most glaring slashes would hit agencies and programs that have been incredibly important to New Mexicans, our local economies, and our heritage of respectfully enjoying the outdoors.

An Inadequately Funded Judiciary is a Denial of Justice

Mar 21, 2017

Commentary:  For over a half-century since the height of the Cold War our nation has set aside May 1 as Law Day in recognition of America’s national commitment to the rule of law in our constitutional system of free self-government. Over the years, the importance of our commitment to providing equal justice under law has been tested and reconfirmed in the face of serious internal and external challenges.

  Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. - Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit that works to connect New Mexicans to their political power for a healthy Land of Enchantment, advocated for or against 82 pieces of legislation at the State Capital during NM’s 2017 Legislative Session. CVNM and our allies successfully defeated 100% of the anti-conservation bills on our agenda.

Spaceport America

Commentary: The failing Spaceport got a local state senator to introduce Senate Bill 429, the Spaceport Confidential Records Act, which would cloak the Spaceport in secrecy, supposedly to attract customers.

The Industrial Internet Of Things

Mar 17, 2017

The “Internet of Things,” is defined as: “the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.” The “Industrial Internet of Things” is this definition applied to value-added processes and manufacturing. At a recent Department of Commerce-hosted international trade/manufacturing conference in Arizona, I had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Mr.

A Listener's Dissenting View: Climate One

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary: Greg Dalton hosted two guests on the 11 March broadcast; as of 11PM on 15 March, the show had not yet been posted to the CLIMATE ONE at the COMMONWEALTH CLUB section on ITUNES.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary—NEA President Lily Eskelsen García today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which would slash the federal investment in public education programs by a whopping 13.5 percent for the upcoming fiscal year. 


“The priorities Donald Trump outlined in his budget are reckless and wrong for students and families. If enacted, the Trump budget will crush the dreams of students and deprive millions of opportunities. 


Pearce Fights For National Park Service Accountability

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary: The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing today on infrastructure needs and management accountability at the National Park Service (NPS) and Forest Service.

Las Cruces: What is the Real State of the City?

Mar 15, 2017
Richard Kadzis

‘In his annual state of the city address, Mayor Ken Miyagishima reported last month that Las Cruces is in good shape. “The state of the city is strong,” he proclaimed.

His remarks focused mainly on downtown redevelopment, including the brand-new civic plaza on Main Street.

The mayor also cited the conversion of old city hall into space for the federal courts and some downtown redevelopment projects to add more entertainment and restaurants as positive steps.

Commentary: In a recent Sun-News article New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Sandy Jones was quoted as saying that El Paso Electric’s eSmart Thermostat Program “…is an effort to minimize the number of additional plants the utility company has to build and maintain just to turn on for a few peak hours each year.” While eStart is a step in the right direction, it will do little to accomplish that goal in the short term.  It is not designed to reduce peak demand, but rather to determine if some future thermostat control program could reduce peak demand.

  The so-called "sharing economy" is on the rise in New Mexico. AirBNB hosts in our state are up 60% over a year ago, while Uber and Lyft are recruiting drivers and expanding their reach.


Save Democracy

Mar 15, 2017
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

Commentary:  Democracy in America is sinking like the Titanic. There are too many bystanders watching it go down, taking its victims - the voters - with it, and there will only be survivors if we act now with a sense of urgency.  Saving democracy requires reform not another policy. 

Transparency In Government Is More Important Than Ever

Mar 15, 2017
Sarah Gustavus

  Earlier this year, the president of the United States referred to journalists from news organizations such as The New York Times, CNN and NBC News as the “enemy of the American people.” Shortly after that, reporters from those outlets and others were barred from the White House press gaggle.

This Sunshine Week, New Mexico journalists can commiserate with colleagues across the country who are under fire from hostile politicians.

More importantly, we can assure them that there is life outside the news conference.

Trump's Second Travel Ban Still Violates American Principles

Mar 14, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: President Trump and his advisers either purposely or accidentally fail to realize that this country is bound together by the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These principles apply to all people. To be American means that a person is shaped, guided, represented and protected by certain inalienable laws. It has nothing to do with geography, language, race, or religious beliefs.

Celebrating Life And The Arts In Las Cruces

Mar 12, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: Friday evening a week ago, we went to the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble. 

  Commentary: A federal court ruled Friday that the Texas  Legislature’s 2011 redistricting plan for congress discriminated against Latino voters in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

  Commentary: Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement:

“Education policy changes in New Mexico have been highly partisan in recent years, and little common ground has been found, however, House Bill 241 – sponsored by Sen. Craig Brandt, Rep. Jason Harper, and twelve other lawmakers – was a bill that bridged the partisan gap.

ACA Repeal Plan Jeopardizes New Mexicans’ Healthcare, Economic Recovery

Mar 9, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: We call upon our elected leaders to strongly oppose the U.S. House’s reckless legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It would threaten the healthcare system providing coverage to nearly half of all New Mexicans and, which experts agree, has been one of the few bright spots in the state economy.

GOP Health Care Plan is Unworkable

Mar 9, 2017

 Commentary: The GOP's proposed health care overhaul has many problems--lower income people will be priced out of the market, federal funds to states for Medicaid will dry up, preventive care will be too expensive and 20 million people now under Obamacare will eventually lose their insurance.


Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Peace and Security Taskforce Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and CPC Member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) released the following statements today after President Trump deployed an additional 400 troops into Syria without Congressional debate or authorization.

Governor Vetoes Job-Creating Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill

Mar 8, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Governor Susana Martinez (R-NM) has vetoed House Bill 144, which would have opened New Mexico to the job-creating and booming industrial hemp market. Sponsored by Representatives Bealquin “Bill” Gomez (D-La Mesa), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Rick Little (R-Chaparral), HB 144 would have created a regulated hemp market in our state, allowing our farmers to expand into a rapidly expanding $600 million industry.

We Need To Restore Faith In Voters

Mar 8, 2017

Commentary: I support House Bill 174 to consolidate local, non-partisan elections.  I feel strongly that I can contribute to this debate in 2 ways.  First, I am a voter and I want to vote in every election; and second, I work in the Dona Ana County Clerk’s office administering elections.