Local Viewpoints

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How Will Trump Plans Affect Las Cruces And Southern New Mexico?

Nov 22, 2016 (donald trump)

Commentary: If you have read my column regularly, you know it’s focused on science and technology. Most of the people I spend my days with are involved in federally funded programs that require some degree of technical, scientific and administrative know-how.

While I work in technical fields, I still think most of us can read a plan and go a couple of levels deep to gain understanding. See if you can give the president-elect the benefit of the doubt.

Goodman: Being Grateful Can Change The World

Nov 20, 2016

Commentary: What I think changes the world, for each of us, is being grateful.

We are so often not. We are so often focused on what we've lost, or think we've lost; or what others have that we suppose might make us happier; or on people we suppose to be enemies. There is a lot of pain to be had, in a huge, indifferent universe that barely notices us, with time and technology speeding far beyond what we can comprehend. We are insignificant creatures clinging briefly to this planet.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García released the following statement on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as attorney general in the presidential administration of Donald Trump:

Congressional Progressive Caucus Condemns Trump’s Cabinet of Intolerance

Nov 20, 2016

Commentary: The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and CPC First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement today after President-elect Trump announced Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) as top-level officials in his administration.

Office of the Governor

Commentary: Yesterday, Governor Susana Martinez made clear that health coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act must be protected. According to the Associated Press, the Governor “has offered assurances that people won't be left without health insurance as President-elect Donald

Outrage Over Trump Surrogate’s Comments on Japanese-American Internment Camps

Nov 17, 2016

Commentary: The Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), CPC Vice Chair Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), and CPC Vice Chair Rep.

Fischmann: Much Work To Be Done In New Mexico

Nov 16, 2016
Steve Fischmann

Commentary: The election is over, and odds are you’ve figured out that our political parties have been far more concerned with bashing one another than taking care of us. 

Big corporate and financial interests have been funding the battle, and lawmakers have returned the favor by enacting policies that make fat cat donors fatter.  Meanwhile, most of us watch our long term economic prospects fade. New Mexico poverty is up; growth is down and we suffer the greatest income inequality in the country.

Trump's Victory is a call to engage in politics

Nov 16, 2016 (donald trump)

  Commentary:  Where is a Thomas Paine who can galvanize the common people, as Paine himself roused nervous colonists in 1776 to wage a revolution against a king and empire? In plain language, unburdened by flourish or jargon, Paine's pamphlets told a compelling story and inspired ordinary people busy with other things to fight and sacrifice for the project of a United States, as a parent who says, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."

Heinrich: Trump Appointment Is "Sickening" Use Of Taxpayer Funds

Nov 15, 2016
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon, the former leader of the far-right website Breitbart News, as White House chief strategist and senior adviser:

Udall Blasts Appointment of Steve Bannon, Former Leader Of Far-Right Website

Nov 15, 2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary:  U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon, former leader of the extreme right-wing Breitbart website, as White House chief strategist and senior adviser: "As far as I’m concerned, appointing as chief strategist and adviser a man who has dedicated the last several years to running a far-right website that demonizes women and spreads hate-filled lies about Muslims, Latinos, African Americans, Jews and others shows Donald Trump has already forgotten his pledge for unity.

Pearce: Time For Republicans To Come Together As A Party

Nov 15, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary:  Today, the House Republican Conference voted unanimously to reelect Paul Ryan Speaker of the House, as well as reelect Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The unanimous reelection of Speaker Ryan shows Republicans in the House are united and committed to hitting the ground running with the Trump Administration in January.

  Commentary: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the movement to limit terms for elected officials, today called on President-Elect Trump to keep his promise to the American people and work to get term limits on Congress. Congressional term limits require a constitutional amendment, a process the president can impact with advocacy.

Texas Bills to Reduce Marijuana Penalties Introduced

Nov 15, 2016

Commentary:  AUSTIN — A bill to reduce penalties for simple marijuana possession was introduced in the Texas House of Representatives today. HB 81, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso, would remove the current criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil citation and a fine.

Commentary: Austin, Texas—Today, the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) once again urges the State Board of Education to keep a seriously flawed textbook out of Texas schools.

Richard Kadzis

Commentary: The 2016 campaign is over, and it turns out, if you voted, you took part in one of the most historic presidential elections ever held.

There are all kinds of ways to break down the post-election analysis, so I referred back to my series of KRWG Viewpoints commenting on various dimensions of the campaign.

For example, I benchmarked how the 2016 election was a mirror image of the 1976 election. (donald trump)

Commentary:  We're in deep manure.

Fortunately, I live in Doña Ana County. Trump's snake oil didn't sell here. We elected good people to the statehouse: Nathan Small, Angelica Rubio, Jeff Steinborn, Rudy Martinez; and, finally, Joanne Ferrary beat the Doctor! We defied oil companies and banks. 

But millions of voters were sufficiently angry or distressed to toss the U.S. Government in the toilet. They had reasons. (Had Clinton won, I'd still be urging both parties to take seriously the disaffection expressed in votes for Bernie and Trump.) 

2016 Elections Denied Voters Foreign Policy Substance

Nov 8, 2016

  Commentary: Amid the euphoria of Chicago's World Series victory last week, one comment I heard repeated over and again was that this jubilation - when even rock-ribbed New Yorkers could give it up for the Cubs for a minute (maybe not a full 60 seconds, but at least a New York minute) - was something the country needed. Is it not striking that this exuberance is not something we associate with our elections?

Commentary: We're hearing coyotes again, howling furiously before dawn and after sunset. Fewer hummingbirds are wintering over this year. The golden eagle visited with us for an hour Saturday. None care about the election; many humanoids don't either, for understandable reasons; but it will affect all of us.

New Mexico Democrats: Trump Disrespects Tribes, Veterans

Nov 4, 2016 (donald trump)

  Commentary: Farmington, ​N.M. - Democrats railed on Donald Trump’s harmful attitudes toward tribes at a press conference ahead of Donald Trump Jr.’s stops in San Juan County.

Heinrich Fights For Consumers Slapped With Hidden Exorbitant Rental Car Fees

Nov 4, 2016
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is concerned about hidden fees currently being charged by rental car companies for the use of toll paying technology, which can often exceed 500 percent of the toll itself. In a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Senator Heinrich called on the agency to determine whether rental car companies using these fee structures are unnecessarily price gouging consumers and engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices.

Medicaid Co-Pays Are A Poor Tax

Nov 4, 2016

Commentary: Last Wednesday, Human Services Secretary Brent Earnest informed lawmakers the state is seeking federal authority to charge co-payments along with other fees to patients who rely on Medicaid for access to health care. Medicaid is funded jointly by state and federal governments.

The Patriot Within: Understanding The Struggles Of Veterans

Nov 4, 2016

Commentary: It was a cold autumn morning at Fort Knox as we were brought off of the cattle cars and led into the training area under the cover of darkness. Angry men made of stone and hate commanded us into position with all the magniloquence of rabid pitbulls. The air was cool, heavy, and humid smothering us with a heart chilling loneliness. Anxiety and fear was palatable, we never knew where we were going or what we would do. The only thing that we knew for sure was that the drill sergeants, the men of stone and hate, would punish us for crimes we have not yet committed.

Commentary: A new scientific analysis of the system of springs feeding Texas’ Balmorhea State Park in the Chihuahuan Desert indicates that new oil and gas production proposed by Apache Corp. could pollute or otherwise disrupt the springs that make Balmorhea a global tourist destination. The report was authored by hydrologist Tom Myers, Ph.D for the Balmorhea-community group Save Our Springs Too and national environmental group Earthworks.

Nachison: We Need Merrie Lee Soules In Congress

Nov 3, 2016

  Commentary: We need Merrie Lee Soules as our District 2 congressional representative. She’ll represent all the people of the district, not just a privileged few. Southern New Mexico needs jobs, livable wages and better infrastructure. Addressing these in Congress provides opportunities benefiting all of us.

Richard Kadzis

Commentary: Democracy can be messy.

Totalitarians like Vladimir Putin mock our imperfections, and with good reason.

Do you realize that only 20 percent of voters nationally decide on which presidential candidates get nominated?

State-by-state primary elections and caucuses often limit the total number of potential voters instead of promoting a wider, more inclusive approach.

The political conventions only add to the problem.

Democrats Issue Statement On Pence Las Cruces Event

Nov 1, 2016

Commentary: Las Cruces, N.M. - The Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland released the following statement ahead of the Mike Pence event in Las Cruces:

Democrats: Trump Delivers Dangerous, Divisive Speech in Albuquerque

Oct 30, 2016 (donald trump)

 Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Chairwoman Debra Haaland  released the following statement after Donald Trump delivered a divisive speech in Albuquerque tonight: 



  Commentary: The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office (“SOS”) is investigating charges that State Senator Andy Nuñez embezzled campaign funds and broke election laws. 


Commentary: A state judge today ordered election officials in Bexar County, Texas to immediately remove all illegal voter ID signs from the early voting polling places and replace them with accurate information.The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed today by MALDEF seeking a temporary restraining order against county election officials. Judge Michael Mery’s order requires Bexar County officials also to correct information on the county’s website and its voter hotline, as well as ensure that all 700 election day polling places post accurate signs informing voters of the expan

Rodríguez: Expanding Medicaid makes sense for Texas

Oct 28, 2016
State Senator José Rodríguez

  Commentary: The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures show Texas still holds the dubious distinction of having the highest number and percentage of uninsured, but there was some good news.

Because of Obamacare, there are 1.1 million fewer uninsured Texans, and our uninsured rate dropped from nearly 25 percent in 2013 to 17 percent.