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Commentary:Banning Native American mascots has nothing to do with political correctness; it is about having a correct understanding of politics. For it is never right or Constitutional to treat people as if they are conquered.

REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

Dec 10, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: New Mexico - With a major pipeline disaster in Loving, New Mexico this week, a bill that would have increased safety precautions is pushed into the spotlight.

Doña Ana County Government Facing Another Lawsuit

Dec 10, 2017

Commentary: Imagine you're a young cadet in the Doña Ana Sheriff's Office Academy.   

You're an Army reservist, having made it through basic training. You're being consistently called lazy. You're the only cadet being told to suck your thumb and asked to repeat various tasks after completing them. “Why me?” you wonder.

You are the only black cadet. 

Advice from a Greek sage during Trumpy times

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: “Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012, echoing a pearl of wisdom said to have been uttered 2,600 years ago by the Mytilenaen leader Pittacus. The saying attributed to him by Diogenes Laërtius was, “Office shows the man.”

 

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“We are deeply concerned Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski and Governor Susana Martinez are proposing an education budget which suggests a not only a ‘flat’ budget for our local districts, but a decrease of $200 million for New Mexico public schools.

Commentary: On November 16, I spent the better part of the day with Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez, who visited the El Paso/Juarez/southern New Mexico region. In the morning, I was part of a small delegation which had breakfast with Ambassador Gutierrez at the Foxconn plant just across the border from Santa Teresa, New Mexico in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua. After breakfast, we toured the Foxconn facility, which is making Dell computers and HP tablets, followed by an interactive lunch at the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The Longest Yard

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: People in Dona Ana County and around the nation will soon witness a rare and amazing event.

Commentary: Republicans are once again working behind closed doors to negotiate a tax bill they know is bad, and that benefits big corporations and the top 1% at the expense of middle-class families.

Republicans are once again working behind closed doors to negotiate a secret tax bill.

Commentary: SANTA FE – In response to inquiries and concerns from consumers throughout New Mexico, Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza feels it is important to address changes that were enacted by the Legislature that have impacted the Commission’s regulatory oversight of large wireline telephone companies – a change in legislation she strongly opposed.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D)-TX 16

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) sent a letter to Congressional leadership with the backing of 98 additional representatives urging them to work together and responsibly extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Finances inspire ancient innovation

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: Writing is among the great achievements of humanity. It allows literary authors to explore the depth of the human condition, and to affect the emotions of readers never met. But the origins of writing come from the more prosaic area of finance, not the arts.

Bob Wick/BLM

  Commentary: Washington, D.C. — Three days after President Donald Trump 

Don't Trust Politicians With Economic Theory

Dec 3, 2017
Dr. Chris Erickson

Commentary: Economic theory can be like a magical coat of invisibility for politician. A theory that justifies a favored policy can disarm the opposition and allow passage. The problem is that very often these magical theories involve magical thinking with little connection to reality.

Groups Call For Stronger Measures To Conserve Sage-Grouse

Dec 3, 2017
fws.gov

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conserving Greater Sage-Grouse requires more habitat protection, not less.

Real Christians Do Not Support Trump

Dec 3, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

Commentary: The Archbishop of Canterbury was recently asked about Christians-primarily white evangelicals- who support President Trump. "No I do not understand it. I really, genuinely do not understand it," he replied.

Commentary: On November 30th I attended a Meet and Greet in Las Cruces for Peter DeBenedittis, self-described “True Progressive” vying for the nomination as the Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor in the 2018 elections.

Goodman: Let's Grow, Not Reduce, Public Comment

Dec 3, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: County Commission Chair Isabella Solis has suggested diminishing public comment at commission meetings and called for more respect for commissioners. These issues are both topical and interrelated. We citizens are commissioners' “bosses”. Is there irony in advocating respect for bosses but telling yours they take too much time? 

Solis wants to eliminate the general comment period – not public comment on specific agenda items. She reportedly says general public comment takes too much time.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON Today, the Senate approved along party lines a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest and corporations paid for by students and working families. In addition to adding $1.5 trillion to the national deficit, the Senate voted to partially repeal the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which would leave 13 million Americans uninsured and result in drastic spikes in insurance premiums for millions more.

Commentary: Republicans in the Senate are scheduled to vote today on a tax bill designed to benefit the top 1% and corporations, not the middle class. If a tax increase wasn’t enough, families all across the country depend on Medicare, Social Security, education and housing programs – which will see drastic cuts in funding if this tax plan becomes a reality. Despite Republicans’ claiming to be the party of fiscal discipline, their bill would increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Shining Light On Dark Places

Nov 29, 2017

Commentary: The news lately is filled with revelations about bad behavior from some of our nation’s most prominent people. Well-known figures in government, television news and entertainment, the movie industry, the corporate world, the sports world, some religious figures, and others have been publicly identified as engaging in various forms of offensive conduct.

Lujan Grisham Urges FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

Nov 28, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to protect Net Neutrality and reject efforts to roll back rules that ensure the internet remains a free and open marketplace.

peter goodman

Commentary:  When Anita Hill testified in the Clarence Thomas senate hearings that Thomas had sexually harassed her, I was working in a big law firm. Almost all male lawyers thought she was making it up. The secretaries, 98% women, thought she was probably testifying accurately. As did I.

 

Later three women working there each told me that the same lawyer had sexually harassed her with obscene come-ons obviously aimed not at starting an affair but solely at embarrassing a vulnerable female. That lawyer wasn't amorous. He was a bully.

 

GOP Tax Cuts Will Not Result In Miraculous Growth

Nov 24, 2017

Commentary: The Republican House leadership is claiming that their tax plan will create 1 million jobs. But whether or not this goal is realistic depends critically on the state of U.S. labor markets and the availability of new workers.

The argument that the Republicans are making is that tax cuts will incentivize business expansion and this, along with the accompanying increase capital investment, will create jobs. The result, the argument goes, is increased employment both by the business and by the businesses suppliers.

GOP Tax Bill Hurts Rural Communities

Nov 22, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

Commentary: The Republican tax plan is a bad deal for working families and rural communities. The GOP plan raises taxes on middle-class families in order to give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest among us, while adding $2 trillion to the federal debt and incentivizing corporations to move jobs overseas. Here’s a look at some of the ways the GOP tax plan would harm farmers and rural communities:

The Republican tax plan will raise taxes on middle-class families in rural communities.

FCC Plan to Repeal Open Internet Protections Leaves Us Vulnerable to Corporate Greed

Nov 22, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai / fcc.gov

Commentary: Chairman Ajit Pai of the the Federal Communications Commission 

It’s time for New Mexico to negotiate lower Rx drug prices

Nov 22, 2017
Senator Jeff Steinborn

Commentary: Last April, Governor Susana Martinez vetoed legislation that could have saved New Mexico millions of dollars a year in prescription drug costs for state agencies and its employees and retirees.  Senate Bill 354, which passed the Legislature with strong bi-partisan support, would have required all New Mexico state agencies who purchase pharmaceutical drugs, to work together to aggressively seek a better deal on drug prices.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON —NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement in reaction to the Trump administration’s decision to shatter the families of as many as 59,000 Haitians living in the US by ending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) granted to Haitians who fled multiple natural disasters and a cholera epidemic:

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement after FCC Chairman Pai announced a plan to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order’s net neutrality protections.

Demanding Punishments and Strengthening Communities

Nov 22, 2017

Commentary:  As crime rates rise, one may surmise that criminals control our largest city.  The last few elections have shown that the people of New Mexico are weary of anticipating their turn to be a victim.  They are ready for criminal justice reform.  Earlier this month, Albuquerque indicated by a wide margin in the mayoral race that the city is ready to embrace change and proven practices.  Last November, voters statewide decided to amend the Constitution of New Mexico's section on bail to protect the indigent and detain dangerous criminals.

Trump's "America First" Message In Asia

Nov 21, 2017

Commentary: President Donald Trump recently completed a 12-day, five-nation tour of Asia, his first trip to the region as president. During this whirlwind tour, in which he visited Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, I read as many reports as possible detailing his trip and his interactions with Asian counterparts, but two things struck me:  his visit to China, and his speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, held in Danang, Vietnam. 

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