Local Viewpoints

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Seeing two faces in an act of protest

Sep 6, 2016

  Commentary:  At some time or other, you have probably seen the famous optical illusion created by a cartoonist in 1915. Some people see a young woman turning away from the viewer, and others see the face of an elderly woman. Some can see it both ways: how the line describing a chin can also look like a nose, a collar that may also resemble a mouth. Others can only see one version, try as they might to see both faces.


sharon thomas / city of las cruces photo

  Commentary:  The county Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Commission has now reduced the minimum lot size for subdividing in the R zone from ten acres to two acres. That reduction cleared up one of the major issues being discussed in relation to the Unified Development Code (UDC) currently under consideration by the P&Z.

Labor Day Message: When Unions Are Strong, America Is Strong

Sep 5, 2016

  Commentary: Today is Labor Day—and there’s a good reason it’s a national holiday. By organizing together and fighting collectively, workers have been able to better their lives and the lives of their families. So rather than think about Labor Day as the last gasp of summer or bemoan the loss of union clout, let’s redouble our efforts to recreate an enduring middle class.

  Commentary:  I wandered into Tuesday's county commission work session to learn the status of the detention center citizens' advisory committee, but they were still talking about reorganizing the fire department.

Fire/Emergency Chief Eric Crespin was defending his plan to centralize operations. I suspected it wasn't a popular plan with the sixteen fire chiefs, for reasons that might range from highly sensible to somewhat selfish. 

former ​New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn

  Commentary:  In response to former New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn moving to work at the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the lobbying arm of the oil and gas industry in our state, CVNM Political & Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement:

Sunspot Solar Gives Back To The Community

Sep 2, 2016
Ray Torres of Sunspot


   Commentary:  LAS CRUCES, NM — As the area’s only locally owned and operated solar provider, Sunspot Solar Energy has a commitment to give back to the community. Local owners Janet and Mellow Honek work with their crew to identify local organizations that need volunteer manpower for projects, and lend a hand whenever possible. In the past six weeks, Sunspot employees have provided help for La Casa, Inc., Diersen Charities, Inc., and the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

Conservation Voters New Mexico Makes Endorsements

Sep 1, 2016


  Commentary: Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund (CVNMAF), continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work to protect New Mexico’s families and communities. CVNMAF has endorsed candidates for state House of Representatives, state Senate, ​Secretary of State, and Grant County Commission​ for the Nov. 8, 2016 general election.

Study Debunks Theory That Killing Predators Reduces Livestock Losses

Sep 1, 2016

Commentary: MALDEF supports the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulation on school funding, released yesterday.


  Commentary: In 2015, New Mexico outlawed civil forfeiture, the controversial law enforcement practice of seizing and selling property without charging an individual with a crime, let alone convicting them of one. Despite that groundbreaking legislation, Albuquerque law enforcement officials continue to flagrantly disregard the law, and seize and sell hundreds of cars each year.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Urge Air Force to Relocate F-16 Squadrons to Holloman

Aug 31, 2016

  Commentary:  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced a joint effort to urge the U.S. Air Force to relocate operational F-16 squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base and expand Holloman's mission to include new F-16 formal training units. The Air Force needs to move F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah, which soon will house new F-35s. 

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo


  Commentary:  Earlier today  the U.S. Department of Education released its regulations on the Every Student Succeeds Act.


The following can be attributed to National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García. 


“Innovation. Opportunity. Collaboration. These were our hopes for the Every Student Achieves Act.. But the regulations released today by the Department of Education fall short, and we can not short change our nation’s students.

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

“We congratulate the staff members of Highlands University who took a stand for greater workplace rights, increased voice in decision making, and better job security.

“With today’s labor board certification completed, this unit is the second new unit established this year, joining the growing New Mexico Highlands University Faculty and Staff Association.

Commentary: New Mexico was still spending less per-student on K-12 public education in 2015 than it did before the recession when funding is adjusted for inflation. In the two years since then, funding increases—which amounted to less than 1 percent a year—have still been too low to keep pace with inflation and student population growth.

Commentary: Today, Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a powerful new TV ad to combat drunk driving. The ad – which can be viewed here – centers around a terrified girl whose intoxicated father is behind the wheel of their family vehicle, swerving in and out of lanes and putting lives in danger.

  Commentary:  To be safe, healthy, and financially secure is something we all want for ourselves, our children and our families. New Mexico can be a place where communities are safe, people are healthy and thriving, and everyone has the opportunity to build a secure future.

Pearce Issues Statement On Support Of Solar Energy Legislation

Aug 30, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 Commentary:  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement regarding the work done this Congress supporting solar energy: 

Office of the Governor

 Commentary: Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) released the following statement after Governor Martinez’s Secretary of Economic Development, Jon Barela left his post for a job in the Texas private sector. 


Hynes: Spaceport Must Be Used For Launch And Re-entry

Aug 29, 2016

  Commentary: On July 30, a team of New Mexico State students, faculty, staff and FLARE model rocket club members went out to the Jornada range to launch a large custom-made rocket containing a student experiment. NASA, through New Mexico Space Grant, funded this project.

The experiment is part of a research project assistant professor Krishna Kota is building at NMSU. Stephen Stochaj is also part of this group. We are adding to a growing list of space hardware focused on solving the challenges of living off Earth. This experiment is a heat exchanger.


Commentary:  The NMSU classroom where I teach tends to be hot. There is an electronic thermostat on the wall with a button I can push that lowers the desired temperature, but it does not actually control the air conditioner. For a moment I may feel like I'm in command of the environment, but no real change follows my action. When I told my students this reminded me of American democracy they understood the joke immediately.


  Commentary: Less than a year ago, in response to an historic global refugee crisis, involving millions of Syrians in flight from violence and conflict, President Obama directed his Administration to increase the number of Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United States.  While refugee admissions are only a small part of our broader humanitarian efforts in Syria and the region, the President understood the important message this decision would send, not just to the Syrian people but to the broader international community.

Borderplex Alliance Names Secretary Jon Barela As CEO

Aug 29, 2016

  Commentary: Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela has been named CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes business growth and expansion along the border. Under Governor Martinez’s leadership, New Mexico has led the nation twice in export growth in the past five years, with total exports increasing by more than $2 billion and exports to Mexico nearly quadrupling due to increased border activity.

Nachison: Religious leaders should stay out of politics

Aug 28, 2016

  Commentary: It’s so easy to “forget” the Constitution. Is “ignore” better usage? South Carolina pastor Rev. Mark Burns addressed the RNC convention 7/20 and left the “box.” My concern is the mainstreaming of craziness/religious superiority in the USA. It’s noticeably worse this election cycle.


Goodman: August In The Desert Near Las Cruces

Aug 28, 2016

Commentary:  The desert comes right up to the doors of our home, and often inside.

This week we've removed from the house a scorpion and a vinegaroon – the vinnie, thrice.

 Commentary:  On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Environment New Mexico joined with local leaders and Environment America affiliates across the Southwestern U.S. to announce a nationwide campaign to get President Obama to stop new uranium mining outside America’s most iconic national park: the Grand Canyon.

Bill Jordan, MA

Commentary: Building high-quality public services like education, health care, and infrastructure takes planning because we want to make sure that the investment we’re making now will serve us long into the future. After all, many of the schools, hospitals, roads, and such that we rely on today were paid for out of tax dollars that were invested long ago.

 Commentary: During the 2015 Texas Legislature, while most other transparency and ethics reform proposals were headed toward the trash heap, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione secured near-unanimous passage of a new law that has enabled the public to see who benefits financially from dealings with the government.

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

“Today Secretary Skandera released letter grades for New Mexico’s public schools. As education professionals, we know our schools serve different populations and each has unique needs, often not reflected in an arbitrary letter grade. We question the need to continue labeling our public schools as ‘failing’ and urge the discontinuation of this practice of so-called accountability.

Perverse Incentives Leave New Mexico Workers High and Dry

Aug 22, 2016

  Commentary: Without question, the profit motive and free markets have transformed human life. It does not follow, however, that profiteering is the answer to every human problem. Without ethical guidance, profit-seeking can lead to perverse incentives. The tragic consequences of one such story are playing out here in New Mexico.


Padilla Blasts Martinez Push For New Mexico Death Penalty Legislation

Aug 22, 2016

  Commentary: Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla (D-14-Bernalillo) today sharply criticized Governor Susana Martinez’s recent announcement that she will make it a priority to reinstitute the death penalty in New Mexico during the next legislative session in January. They called it a cynical attempt to distract attention from the real problems of growing unemployment, K-12 classrooms ranked 50th worst, and a pressing state budget shortfall. The death penalty was abolished in 2009 after years of public discussion and debate.