Local Viewpoints

KRWG welcomes you to join our community discussion.  E-mail your comments to:  feedback @  Comments included here represent the views of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent the views of KRWG or New Mexico State University.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida. Parents, educators and lawmakers held a protest rally with speakers outside the school to shine a light on how voucher schemes fail to give parents any real educational choice and have robbed Florida taxpayers.

Commentary: Following the bipartisan passage of the Floor Substitute for Senate Bill 95 and Senate Bill 131, National Education Association of New Mexico’s Executive Director Charles Bowyer issues the following response:

Commentary: In the 6 decades I’ve been on this planet, American society has become continuously more violent.  Movies, TV shows, video games (more recently).  Mass shootings at churches, temples, mosques, schools.  No one single event triggered all this.  It’s like the expression “death by a thousand cuts”.  No one cut causes death, but lots of little cuts will.

Pearce Praises Trump's Efforts To "Rein In The EPA"

Feb 28, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule that would place small waters and creeks under the control of the federal government.

Commentary:  I’m a political scientist, an advocate, a sister, a wife, a daughter, and a mother. I have a toddler boy and, come next month, I’ll add a little girl to the list of people that call me mama. Like many parents, I believe that raising kind, honest, empathetic, and civic-minded kids is the most important thing I will ever do, and raising kids who believe that everyone—regardless of gender, color or ability—should have respect and opportunity is a very big part of that for me.

President Trump’s $54 Billion Pentagon Grab

Feb 28, 2017

 Commentary: In its opening volley in the federal budget process, the Trump administration has called for a nearly 10 percent boost in military spending, to be funded by cuts to domestic spending and foreign aid. Domestic and foreign aid spending already account for less than half of the federal discretionary budget.

Goodman: County Loses $90,000 In Public Records Case

Feb 26, 2017
peter goodman

 Commentary: Reports of a $90,000 judgment against the County prompt reflections on New Mexico's Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). 

Animal Village NM (AVNM) Executive Director Sunny Aris showed a quiet heroism in persevering when she felt IPRA required the County to let AVNM see certain records. 

AFT New Mexico: Urge Governor To Pass House Budget

Feb 23, 2017
Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“New Mexico lawmakers, under the leadership of Speaker Brian Egolf, Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton, and House Appropriations Chair Patricia Lundstrom, passed a budget which not only increases funding for New Mexico’s public schools and helps protect workers, but also tackled the long overdue issue of closing tax loopholes and finding new ways to raise revenue for our State.

Nuclear Is Renewable Energy?

Feb 23, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee debated Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy (HB 406, Brown). The bill was tabled on a tied vote. CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton and CVNM Education Fund Western New Mexico Program Director Talia Boyd released the following statements:

El Paso Electric and the Public Interest

Feb 23, 2017

Commentary:  What’s the problem?

As a regulated monopoly, El Paso Electric (EPE) operates on a cost plus basis.  This means it receives reimbursement for all operating expenses plus a profit margin.  For shareholders the return on equity is currently 9.48%[i] and is applied to all non-depreciated capital assets, including power plants still in service within the EPE system.[ii]

Unless They Get Serious About it, Stop Calling It "Pro-Life"

Feb 23, 2017

  Commentary: We can stop pretending the abortion fight is about "life" as a general moral good. A freshman lawmaker in the state of Oklahoma has spoken with such candor about his effort to obstruct abortion rights that he has given away the game.


Trump’s Rhetoric Degrades Freedom of Press

Feb 23, 2017

Commentary: Even before the Revolutionary war began, the founding fathers and mothers articulated how important the freedom of the press is. The Continental Congress – the legislative body of these political minds – wrote in 1774:

Concern Over The Future Of NAFTA

Feb 22, 2017 (donald trump)

I recently attended the U.S. Department of Commerce-organized “Discover Global Markets (DGM) – Advanced Manufacturing Conference,” held February 16 – 17, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. DGM brought together Commerce officials from Europe, Asia, and North America, and companies eager to explore new international markets. When I was invited to the conference, I too was interested in making new contacts in countries where markets are growing and my program’s clients might find new export markets.

Clerk Builds Partnerships to Consolidate Elections

Feb 19, 2017
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

Commentary: I am not surprised in the dismal turnout in the recent school board elections. The election laws in New Mexico confuse voters.  

2,693 out of 61,540 voters cast their vote in an election that impacts our children’s daily lives.  We should all be concerned by the low turnout because lack of participation kills democracy in our community.

peter goodman

  Commentary: Tuesday's Dona Ana County commission meeting felt like a scene in a reality TV series: tangled plot and subplots, threats and harsh words, naked human emotions on public display.

The obvious tensions between Chairwoman Isabella Solis and County Manager Julia Brown, and between County Sheriff Kiki Vigil and Commissioner Billy Garrett, reminded me of family quarrels. I recalled my father saying sternly to us, “I don't care who started it, but I'm finishing it.”

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Senate voted to approve Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In response, Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Dear Secretary DeVos:

I am writing in response to your voice mail. I’m an elementary teacher from Utah. I’ve taught in middle-class suburbs. I’ve taught homeless children and hard-to-place foster kids in a residential home. I know how important it is for my students to have education leaders who understand their lives and the support they need. As president of the 3-million-member National Education Association, I look for partners to stand with us as we protect the rights of all our students.

  Commentary: Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) has launched NSC Watch, a project designed to inform the public about the role of Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, as well as other security concerns under the Trump administration. 

Democrats: Congressman Pearce Should Face His Constituents

Feb 15, 2017
New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. – Ahead of Congressman Pearce's telephone town hall Wednesday evening, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland issued the following statement:

Concern Over The Future Of U.S. - Mexico Relations

Feb 15, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI party assumed office in 2012. Since becoming president, his popularity ratings have declined due to issues such as scandals involving his family and snafus committed during press conferences. During the past year, the peso has severely depreciated against the dollar, and his administration removed subsidies on gasoline throughout the country, which made prices skyrocket. Different groups have taken to the streets in protest and attempted to block the international bridges with the U.S.

Commentary: Austin – Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the rate case filed by the El Paso Electric Company. The new rate case includes solar provisions substantially similar to those in its 2015 rate case. Sen. Rodríguez was outspoken in his opposition to those provisions* and has similar concerns regarding the solar provisions in the newly-announced rate case.

Congressional Progressive Caucus: Mnuchin is a Danger to Our Economy

Feb 14, 2017
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement following the Senate confirmation of Steve Mnuchin as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

“By confirming Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary yesterday, Senate Republicans are telling the American people they care more about Wall Street than they do about homeowners, investors, and working families.

 Commentary: My intense study of DASO, including interviews with most everyone I could talk to, leaves me with further questions. 

New Mexico Needs a Diverse Economy to Prosper

Feb 11, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary:  A few days ago Congressman Steve Pearce was interviewed on KRWG radio, asking about the budget issues in New Mexico. He said that because of over-regulation and Corporate tax policy the oil and gas industry in New Mexico is not able to contribute their normal 40% of State tax revenue. There are so many distortions in that statement, I hardly know where to start.

The following statement on recent nationwide arrests by federal immigration officials was issued by MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz:

"MALDEF is greatly concerned about widespread reports of increased federal immigration activities in the interior of the United States.  The reported activities are a disturbing manifestation of the failed leadership of our federal government.  Terrorizing immigrant families is not leadership; it is the epitome of cowardice, injustice, and cruelty.

Pearce Thanks New Mexico Lawmakers

Feb 10, 2017

Congressman Steve Pearce yesterday addressed a Joint Session of the New Mexico Legislature. Rep. Pearce released a follow up statement from his address to thank legislators for their time and hospitality.

Rep. Pearce yesterday brought New Mexico legislators together to encourage unity and strength as they advanced towards a thriving and successful future on behalf of our State.

Let Warren Read!

Feb 10, 2017
Senator Elizabeth Warren / Official photo

Commentary: The rebuke of Senator Warren on the floor of the U.S. Senate was disgraceful. No woman should ever be silenced in that way. No United States Senator should be treated with such indignity ever again. Not only does she have a right to speak as a powerful, emboldened woman leader, she has a right to speak as the voice of the people of  Massachusetts. She is their legal, political, and moral representation in Washington.

Commentary: The recent news that the Dow hit 20,000 bodes well for all investors—from working families with 401Ks to the beneficiaries of the state’s $15 billion Land Grant Permanent School Fund. The high volume of trading indicates that the nation’s economy is strong. It also reinforces the point that New Mexico’s permanent fund is robust. So robust that even if we increase the percentage that we take out—and invest it in early childhood care and learning services—the fund will continue to grow.

New Mexico Legislative Priorities

Feb 8, 2017

Commentary: SANTA FE, N.M – Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as supporting renewable energy jobs, keeping the Public Regulation Commission an accountable body, ending ruthless killing contests and ensuring that public resources stay in public, accountable hands.CVNM advocates in the New Mexico Legislature for responsible public policies that represent the conservation values of our people.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“Today, voters across New Mexico voted for progressive school board candidates who championed New Mexico’s public schools and respect for working New Mexicans in a campaign marked by higher turnout amidst interference from Governor Martinez.