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Commentary: Public media is a public-private partnership in the best tradition of America’s free enterprise system. It is one of America’s best investments. It is not a large investment compared to most of what government does – just about $1.35 per citizen per year – but it pays huge dividends in education, public safety and civic leadership to millions of Americans and their families.

Commentary: TUCSON, Ariz.— Isidro Baldenegro López, a Mexican indigenous activist who fought to protect ancient forests from illegal logging in the Sierra Madre region of Chihuhua, Mexico, was shot and killed on Sunday. López, a community leader and subsistence farmer, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 for his nonviolent activism to stop deforestation.

López’s killing is the second murder of a Goldman prize winner in less than a year. Honduran environmentalist and human-rights activists Berta Cáceres was killed in March 2016.

Chief Justice: NM Justice System Failing Because of Inadequate Funding

Jan 19, 2017

  Commentary: SANTA FE – Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels told lawmakers on Thursday that a lack of funding has damaged New Mexico’s justice system and potentially could cause the dismissal of criminal cases if courts are unable to provide speedy trials as constitutionally required.


Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON— Today, community leaders, parents, students, and educators rallied at public schools in more than 200 cities across America as part of a national day of action. A diverse array of education stakeholders are joining together to stand for public education, for safe spaces for all of our kids and for a shared vision of cooperation over corruption and cronyism.


  Commentary: Joined by supporters at the State Capitol today, Equality New Mexico, Legislators, clergy members, mental health professionals and survivors of conversion therapy spoke about the important work that still needs to be done to ensure equality, safety and mental health for the LGBTQ community and for all New Mexicans.

Commentary:  WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order directing the Department of the Interior and its bureaus to continue collaborative efforts to finalize important drought contingency actions designed to reduce the risk of water shortages in the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins and build on recent progress to complete “Minute 32X” – a long-term Colorado River bi-national cooperative agreement with Mexico.

  Commentary: WASHINGTON—California teacher Sarah Vigrass joined students, parents, educators, and lawmakers in Washington at a press conference to highlight the devastating impact of the Trump-DeVos education agenda on public school students. Educators like Sarah are sounding the alarm across the country about Betsy DeVos’ track record of support for anti-public education policies, urging the public and lawmakers to reject her nomination to become the nation’s education secretary.

New Report Outlines Risk Trump Policies Pose to Obama’s Economic Recovery

Jan 18, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Commentary: WASHINGTON – A new report by the Democratic staff of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, produced at the request of Ranking Member-Designate Martin Heinrich (D-NM), outlines specific areas of the U.S. economic recovery under President Obama that are threatened by the stated policies and cabinet appointees of the incoming Trump administration. (donald trump)

  Commentary: WASHINGTON ― On Thursday, January 19, the day before Donald Trump assumes the presidency, thousands of students, parents, educators and community members from across the nation will hold rallies in front of school buildings to inclusively stand up for all students. NEA educators will participate in these nationwide events.

President Obama’s Cult of Mediocrity

Jan 18, 2017
Richard Kadzis

Commentary: His Presidency is over, and although Barack Obama had eight years to make a mark on America and the world, I believe history will judge him as a mediocre Commander-in-Chief, at best.

Not so fast, you might contend. President Obama completed his second term with a high approval rating. Good things happened. We averted a financial collapse. The stock market recovered, and then it boomed. Unemployment was cut in half. We killed Osama Bin Laden.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for stonewalling their request for information about the millions of dollars in unpaid campaign finance violation fines owed by her political action committee, All Children Matter.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON—The National Education Association and its 3 million members strongly urge the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to reject Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination for  Secretary of Education. 

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement: 

Obama monuments preserve our shared heritage

Jan 17, 2017

  Commentary: As President Obama ends eight years in office, one of the highlights of his time as president has been his commitment to preserving and protecting public lands that not only have ecological, recreational, and aesthetic value, but also tell the complicated and triumphant story of our nation and all its people.


This is an achievement that should be celebrated.


New Mexico Austerity Proposal Squeezes Working Families

Jan 17, 2017

  New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is surfing exultantly on top of an economic death spiral, rolling out her proposal for increased austerity measures and holding fast to her pledge against any tax increases.


Kids Count report: Economic well-being still poor in New Mexico

Jan 17, 2017
New Mexico Voices for Children

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE—The annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT data book—a project of New Mexico Voices for Children—has some bright spots for child well-being as well as some trouble spots. Measures of children’s health saw the most gains, with declines in the rates of babies born at a low birthweight, children without health insurance, and teens abusing alcohol and drugs. The teen birth rate has also declined, following a similar national trend.

Commentary:  SANTA FE - Tomorrow, a coalition of organizations dedicated to furthering workers' rights in New Mexico will announce the filing of a new lawsuit against the N.M. Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) seeking relief on a number of claims relating to failures by the department to properly investigate wage theft issues.

New Mexico Needs To Consolidate Elections

Jan 15, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: Honestly, how many of you will vote February 7 for school-board members? (I'll vote to re-elect Maria Flores!) How many will vote in the Soil and Water Conservation District election in May – or even know that DASWCD elections violate the Constitutional “one person, one vote” rule? 

Fact is, very few. In November 2016, 71,362 county residents voted; in November 2014, 40,628; and in 2015, 3,798 for school board and 2,937 for DASWCD. 

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, immigrant youth, together with hundreds of community members, people of faith and labor advocates, rallied through downtown Albuquerque to Civic Plaza to create an opposition force to deportations and to stand with immigrants and refugees. Advocates and people of conscience raised their voice on this national day of action to join hands and declare in no uncertain terms that they will fight to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and build sanctuaries of safety for immigrants and refugees in our city.

Democrats Blast EPA Decision Not To Pay For Waste Damage From Gold King Mine Spill

Jan 13, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján denounced the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice that the EPA is not liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act for damages caused by the Gold King Mine Spill. The lawmakers vowed to continue pushing for legislation that would hold the EPA accountable even though the EPA has admitted responsibility. They made the following joint statement:

  Commentary: New Mexico Ethics Watch, a new nonprofit in the state dedicated to promoting more ethics in governance, today releases its first report, Learning to Walk – New Mexico’s Anemic Financial Disclosure Regimen. The report discusses the Financial Disclosure Act and the release of personal financial information by elected and appointed state officials. This law is in place so that the public can see whether elected or appointed officials are operating to benefit themselves rather than their constituents.

Common Cause Outlines Good Government Priorities for 2017 Session

Jan 13, 2017

Commentary: Disclosing information about ever-more powerful PACS, creation of an independent ethics commission and better monitoring of the activities and expenditures of lobbyists will be top priorities of Common Cause New Mexico in the 2017 legislative session.  The non-partisan good government group will also continue its drive to increase voter participation in elections through measures to ease registration and open primaries to those who decline to state a party preference. 

Can the Legislature Play Tax Quarterback?

Jan 13, 2017

Commentary: When the State Legislature meets on January 17 two related crises must be its focus: the state budget and the state economy. Both are in deep trouble; both are connected. To jumpstart the economy, the legislature has to fix the budget mess. That means ending the Herbert Hoover policies of the Martinez administration. We need new revenue to invest in our state’s future.

Do Not Repeal The Affordable Care Act

Jan 13, 2017

 Commentary: Dear Elected Representatives,

Creating a 21st Century Budget for New Mexico

Jan 13, 2017

Commentary: There has been a lot of talk about how to fill New Mexico’s disastrous state revenue shortfall. Taxing out-of-state online merchants for purchases made in New Mexico is a common-sense fix and past due. New Mexico’s small businesses have been at a competitive disadvantage for too long. Taxing food, however? There are other ways to create revenue that make more sense in a state with the second highest rate of food insecurity among children.

Commentary:  Going back 18 months, media outlets saw the Trump candidacy as an opportunity to increase their viewership, because he was so controversial. They never thought he would be the Republican candidate and surely not win the general election. They recognized all his faults from being the birther in charge to being a bully and user of people with less power. They thought that rational people would eventually see who he was and reject him.


Don't Tell Poor People What Foods To Buy

Jan 13, 2017

 Commentary: For a few years, I worked at an organization providing services to youth in south Los Angeles. While our programs in sports and the arts attracted the most attention, one of our most consequential programs was nutritional education. Many of the families we served relied on packaged foods to feed themselves, which is expensive and less nutritious, as packaged foods are often loaded with additives, salt, and corn syrup.

Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep.

Report: Statewide Increase in Minimum Wage Would Benefit 248,400 Workers

Jan 12, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico should increase its minimum wage in increments of $1 a year every year until it reaches $12.50 by 2021 and index it so that it increases with inflation. That is the policy recommendation in a new report from New Mexico Voices for Children, a child advocacy organization. The report looks at the demographics of the state’s minimum wage earners, as well as makes the case for indexing the wage.

  Commentary: Santa Fe - Today, a delegation of immigrant leaders from five New Mexico counties will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in a national rally to protect immigrants and refugees ahead of President-elect Trump's inauguration ceremony. The group will also meet with members of New Mexico's Congressional delegation to discuss local and federal immigration issues.

Vote In Your School Board Election

Jan 12, 2017
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

Commentary:  Doña Ana County had a successful turnout for the general election. I challenge us to keep the momentum going and vote in the upcoming school board election. Voting for the President is important but getting out to vote for our local elected officials is smart.  People are the heart of democracy so everyone should vote in every election.