Local Viewpoints

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Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

"New Mexico educators know the analysis of a for-profit group of so-called reform minded consultants, executives, and coaches cannot be taken at face value when they claim our state's ESSA education plan was rated 'best in the nation' of the 17 plans submitted so far to the federal government.


End Citizens United Endorses Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate

Jun 28, 2017

  Commentary: EL PASO, TX -- End Citizens United (ECU) announced it is endorsing Representative Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate in Texas. As one of the strongest and most principled advocates for getting Big Money out of politics, O’Rourke has pledged not to take any special interest money and will entirely fund his campaign through individual donors.

Cillo: Some Thoughts On Independence

Jun 28, 2017

  Commentary: July 4, our Independence Day holiday, has become the unofficial launch of the Summer season. In an age when more and more Americans are working longer hours for less pay and having stress elevated to unhealthy levels, it is imperative to have days like this to unplug and unwind. And for many, holidays are one of the few occasions during the year when you might have all of your family members in the same place at the same time for a few moments.

Goodman: Waiting For Wise, Patient Leadership

Jun 25, 2017

Commentary: Sometimes it's easy to see what should be done.

In December 1941, few doubted we needed to beat the Nazi's and the Japanese.

In 1966, it was obviously pointless to battle against Vietnamese independence. The Vietnamese deserved freedom. They'd whipped the French convincingly. We couldn't prevail without destroying the people whose hearts and minds we supposedly sought to win. Their independent spirit and historical enmity toward China meant they wouldn't be China's puppet.

Commentary: In a recent interview with the Deming Headlight, Congressman Steve Pearce was asked about his position on the current review of America’s prized national monuments, a review that could precipitate a resizing of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument in Dona Ana County.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement after Senate Republicans released their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act after weeks of hiding the bill from the American people to avoid answering tough questions.

Commentary: Once upon a time, when this columnist was beginning a career as an actor, one of the first producers who gave me a job was Oskar Eustis. He is at the center of a controversy this week over a production of Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of Julius Caesar” in New York City. Anyone who has worked with Oskar or engaged him in conversation can guess two things as this illiterate scandal roils around his new production. One, Eustis certainly does not endorse assassination; and two, part of him must be thrilled that a play is arousing controversy in 2017.

New Mexico Democrats Blast Senate Republican Healthcare Bill

Jun 22, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

 Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg released to following statement after Senate Republicans released the healthcare bill they drafted behind closed doors:

"Republicans are actively working to take away the health care many New Mexicans rely on to stay healthy. Under the Republican plan children will go without doctor appointments, rural hospitals will be forced to close, and heath care professionals in our state will see their jobs disappear. .

Commentary: The National Retail Federation praised a plan unveiled today by Senate Republican leadership to replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, saying the bill would protect the foundation of employer-based health benefits that are the source of coverage for 177 million Americans.

Commentary: After weeks of secrecy, Republican leadership in the Senate has presented a discussion draft of their Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill that shows the ultimate bill is likely to be as bad as, if not worse than, the bill narrowly passed by the House.

When Resisting Trump, Let’s All Try To Do Better

Jun 21, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: For the last five months I’ve woken up furious every morning as the news comes on describing Donald Trump’s failures. Taking basic health care away from millions. Insulting our nation’s friends while siding with dictators. Ripping immigrant families apart for no reason. Discriminating against people for how they pray. His tweets. Words fail to describe how outraged and embarrassed I am by this. Seriously.


It leaves me and many others wanting to fight. But to do it effectively, we need to do it right. What does that mean?

Trade As A Geopolitical Tool

Jun 20, 2017
Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Commentary: Trade is a multi-faceted concept. At its most basic level, it consists of two or more companies from different countries engaging in an agreement to exchange products or services for compensation. Logistics companies then move the products to their final destination. These transactions occur every minute of the day around the world. At a more macro level, trade is a geopolitical tool that is used as part of a government’s diplomatic strategy to further its interests in strategic locations. 

Las Cruces Mayor Calls On Congressman To Support Renewable Energy

Jun 20, 2017
Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Commentary: Las Cruces – ProgressNow New Mexico EF (501c3) has released a video ad featuring City of Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima that calls on Rep.

Commentary: City officials should include the initiative process among the city charter amendments the Las Cruces City Council will consider shortly.

In 2014, the process of raising the minimum wage satisfied no one. Business leaders complained that proponents were really motivated by the political desire to get the issue on the ballot. Proponents said businessfolks ignored the issue for months, then requested “dialogue” just for delay. Then the council flouted the City Charter. The Charter was not specific on what happened next, and councilors could ignore it with impunity.

It's Time For America To Think Big Again

Jun 18, 2017

Commentary:  For a moment, let’s stop obsessing about the polarizing news story of the day and widen our focus a bit with something to ponder. When did America stop dreaming big? What happened to our grand and great ideas and national goals? When did we give up our ability to dream large?

What is our majestic hope or project for tomorrow? What about for ourselves personally? Is it getting that latest and flashiest smartphone? Is it waiting for our internet speed to get faster so we can spend even more time on our devices?

  Commentary: SANTA FE, NM -- Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and the 

  Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Last night, the Trump Administration announced the rescinding of the memo which would have protected millions of immigrant parents from deportations. DACA+ & DAPA would have expanded the administrative relief known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has proven to be a successful program that shields over 800 thousand young people from deportation nationwide.


It is important to note that the DACA 2012 program still remains in effect.


Monumental Oppression

Jun 16, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Critics claim that creating the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument amounted to a massive overreach of federal power.  When signing the executive order to re-evaluate the Monument, President Trump said that it would “end another egregious abuse of federal power and give back that power to the states and to the people, where it belongs.”

Commentary: Austin, TX – The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced yesterday that the administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. DAPA, announced by President Obama in 2014, would have protected upwards of five million immigrants with citizen or long term resident children from deportation and prov

Commentary: On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the emergency stay motion filed by public interest groups, including the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Free Press, Common Cause, Media Alliance, and United Church of Christ, OC, Inc., which sought to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its decision to reinstate the so-called UHF discount.

Senator José Rodríguez Blasts Abbott Vetoes

Jun 16, 2017

Commentary: Austin – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed bills by state Sen. José Rodríguez that would have given consumers vital loan information and set deadlines for well owners to secure their deteriorated water wells.

·         SB 830 would have required seller-financed mortgage lenders to send to their borrowers a single annual statement containing basic information about the status of their loan, including how much was paid to interest and principal. 

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Father’s Day, Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a 

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement of the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“For five years, DACA has improved the lives of over 750,000 DREAMers who were brought to the U.S. as children and have never known any other country but the United States as their home. Each and every day, they are fulfilling their dreams of higher education and successful careers and making our country a better place.” (donald trump)

  Commentary: Washington, DC -- This morning, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced th

New Mexico Rank on Child Well-Being Reveals Failure of Republican Policies

Jun 13, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: New Mexico - Today, New Mexico’s rank in child well-being revealed a dramatic contrast between the failure of Republican policies and success of Democratic initiatives.

Commentary: Public schools teachers, state social workers and other government employees should not be forced to pay money to a union just so they can keep their jobs. That’s why Rio Grande Foundation is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Janus v. AFSCME.

  Commentary: Late night jokesters like Stephen Colbert and Seth Myers have had fun with the unusual name of Senior Airman Reality Winner, but there is nothing funny about her legal predicament – for her or for the country.


KIDS COUNT Data Book: New Mexico Ranked 49th in Nation for Child Well-Being

Jun 13, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., —While New Mexico is stuck near the bottom in child well-being — ranking 49th out of the 50 states — there is some good news in the annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which was released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

peter goodman

Commentary: On Thursday, June 15, the New Mexico Soil & Water Conservation Commission will meet in Las Cruces and appoint members to the State's soil and water districts, including the Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District.

In May, we elected two new boardmembers to DASWCD. There are five elected members, four of whom must be resident landowners. The Commission may appoint two more, who need not be landowners or live in the district.