Local Viewpoints

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Pearce Votes For Budget That Paves The Way For Tax Changes

Oct 26, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today voted in support of the Senate Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution which allows Congress to move forward with tax reform that will help families and create jobs.

Commentary: Pop quiz. Which of the following statements are true?

a.      The census is constitutionally required in order to count every person in the U.S.

b.      The census determines how much federal money—more than $6 billion—flows into New Mexico’s economy every year.

c.      New Mexicans are more at risk of not being counted by the census than are people in most every other state.

d.      The census is in jeopardy—and that puts New Mexicans in jeopardy.

Muska: Time For A Reality Check At Spaceport America

Oct 24, 2017
Dowd Muska

Commentary: One of the cruelest manifestations of illogical thinking is the sunk-cost fallacy:  The irrational belief that a bad investment will, one day, pay off, if we just hold on a little longer, has led to plenty of sorrow in the private sector. In the public sector, though, it’s taxpayers who are victimized when bureaucrats and elected officials refuse to walk away from failed projects once hailed as “economic development.”

Commentary: I recently attended the Seventh Annual EXPO MRO show in Juarez, Mexico. This annual trade fair focuses on suppliers involved in maintenance, repair, and operations. I have been going to this show since inception, when just a few companies participated to display their products/services at trade booths. During the past seven years, I have watched this show grow steadily until last year, when the parking lot was packed and an adjacent lot had to be used for parking overflow.

  Commentary: My wife and I moved to Las Cruces in 1969, after my military service in Vietnam, so that I could finish my college education.  We liked the town and decided to stay and raise a family here.  We have always taken our voting seriously but have not been very politically active otherwise.

Nachison: Alarming Nominations To Federal Courts

Oct 24, 2017

Commentary: It may be a drumphy year but I've seen few public articles addressing the apparent packing of Federal courts by an administration using just those mostly vetted by the Federalist Society.  Such is more or less silently watched by folks who know better.  Much too quiet for America’s health.  

Commentary: Antoinette Reyes is a Democrat running for Doña Ana County Commissioner in district 1. The primary election will be held June 5th 2018. She is seeking to replace Commissioner Billy Garrett, who is term limited. Antoinette is inviting all residents to attend her 3rd community event Friday, November 17th.

Lawsuit Against Abortion Provider Moves Forward

Oct 22, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Albuquerque District Judge Clay Campbell ruled against a motion filed by Curtis Boyd, owner of Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO), to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Albuquerque woman, Jessica Duran, which includes the unauthorized harvesting of her infant’s body parts for research at the University of New Mexico (UNM). This ruling will move Duran’s lawsuit forward to a trial by jury.

Simmons: An Important Choice In Las Cruces Election

Oct 22, 2017
Yvonne Flores

Commentary: Municipal elections are coming up.  Early voting at the City Hall starts on October 18.  November 7 is Election Day.  Some very important decisions will be made by the City Council in the next few months and we need a strong District 6 councilor who will make the right decisions.  Yvonne Flores is that person.


Senator Steinborn to Speak At National Health Policy Conference

Oct 22, 2017
Senator Jeff Steinborn

Commentary: Las Cruces, NM – Senator Jeff Steinborn will be in Portland Oregon Monday to address state health officials from around the country at the annual conference of the National Academy for State Health Policy (  The Academy, a non-profit and non-partisan organization of state health professionals, asked Steinborn to speak at the conference to discuss his legislation to consolidate purchasing of prescription drugs by New Mexico’s state government. 

It’s time to forgive Puerto Rico’s debt

Oct 22, 2017

  Commentary: The President has been loudly shamed for his personal response to the devastation of Puerto Rico, from the egotistical Twitter attacks against local officials

Goodman: Las Cruces Nonprofits Help Build Community

Oct 22, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary:  Recent experiences have strengthened my respect for what local people, with good ideas and energy, can accomplish with little money.


Southwest Environmental Center, La Semilla, and the Mountain View Market Co+op are all locally-created. None is the local office of any state or national group. Each fends for itself. 


Same for Friends of the Taylor Family Monument, The Beloved Community Project, Doña Ana Communities United (with its Timebank), and The Great Conversation. Neat ideas getting implemented on a shoestring. Dreams being realized. 

Office Of Rep. Pearce Responds To Dreamer Protest Commentary

Oct 20, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary:  On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Juan Guzman of United We Dream reached out to Donna Taylor, Representative of Congressman Steve Pearce’s office based in Las Cruces, to set up a meeting for the NM Dream Team to voice their concerns and ask questions about DACA. Donna proceeded to provide Mr. Guzman with the contact information of Dr. Mariana Chew, a representative of Congressman Steve Pearce’s office, who is the point of contact for immigration issues in the district. Dr. Chew reached out to Mr.

Editor's note: The office of Rep. Steve Pearce has responded to this commentary.  The link to the response appears at the bottom of the page.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

peter goodman

Commentary: In late July, some Doña Ana County Sheriff's Deputies played in a basketball tournament in Las Vegas, which you and I helped pay for.

All Natural, Award Winning, and striving for Zero Waste

Oct 15, 2017

Commentary: She is a poster child for Zero Waste; Dr. joni newcomer [sic], is a big fan and promoter of “PeopleTowels” - teeny little cloth towels you carry to wipe your hands, instead of using disposable paper towels. In restaurants, she always carries in PeopleTowels to avoid using disposable paper napkins provided by restaurants; and she carries in her own carryout box, so she does not use styrofoam or any other disposable product provided for takeaway foods.

Commentary: As a boy, I was fascinated and horrified by news on the television about tornadoes in the Midwest, typhoons in Asia, flooding in India, and especially earthquakes around the world. I remember being glued to the set when the 1985 earthquake hit Mexico City killing thousands of people, and feeling deep sorrow for the victims. Having grown up in northern New Mexico at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the only natural disasters I ever witnessed were blizzards and a little flooding. I always wondered what an earthquake experience would be like. In 1993, I finally found out.

Commentary: New Mexicans across the state are condemning  the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee for moving forward a bill that would undermine the authority of the Antiquities Act.

Finding Strength Amid Tragedy

Oct 11, 2017

Commentary: In the last few weeks we have witnessed a series of traumatic world events. The massive Texas flooding. The Florida hurricane devastation. The earthquake and loss of life in Mexico. The destruction of much of Puerto Rico. And the Las Vegas mass shooting. Any single one of these events is difficult to deal with. In so short a time, the pain and misery of all these together is almost beyond measure.

Post-truth politics assaults science and threatens liberty

Oct 11, 2017

Commentary: The problem of politics interfering with factual knowledge – “post-truth” politics, as it were – is not new. It was a concern of twentieth century philosophers, European dissidents, and some American politicians; like Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." (donald trump)

Commentary: Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva and Rep. Mark Pocan released the following statement regarding the Environment Protection Agency’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan:

O'Rourke Leading Push to Protect Johnson Amendment

Oct 9, 2017
Rep. Beto O'Rourke

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) released a letter on Tuesday morning with nearly 100 of his fellow representatives signing on to urge the House Committee on Ways and Means – the chief tax-writing committee – to protect the Johnson amendment and oppose President Trump’s call to diminish the separation of church and state. The Congressional effort, led by Rep. O’Rourke, Rep. James Clyburn (SC-06), Rep. John Lewis (GA-05) and Rep.

St. Petersburg, Florida Says "No" To Unlimited Money In Politics

Oct 9, 2017

Commentary: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The City of St. Petersburg City Council made history this month becoming the first municipality post-Citizens United to abolish Super PACs and limit foreign corporate spending in local elections by passing two campaign finance reform ordinances.

Enchanting Moments For A New Mexico Guest

Oct 8, 2017
copyright-Peter Goodman

Commentary: We love New Mexico, but seeing home through a new visitor's eyes is always invigorating.

Courtesy Photo

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Healthy Workforce ABQ, the campaign behind the proposed ordinance for earned sick days, vowed today to continue its fight to ensure that all workers have access to earned paid sick leave after unofficial election returns showed a narrow margin of 718 more votes against the ordinance.

What’s Wrong With Our Election System?

Oct 2, 2017

Commentary: What’s wrong with our election system? That’s a big question. Most of what’s wrong can be summed up into one generalization; our election system is designed to only encourage certain types of voters while creating burdens for those viewed as less desirable types of voters. Candidates, political parties, and governing entities are largely able to control the outcome of an election by taking advantage of low voter turnout and noncompetitive elections. These tactics ensure that those in power, stay in power.

A Day That Changed The World

Oct 2, 2017

Commentary: Sixty years ago, two momentous things happened on October 4, 1957. Both events continue to have effects that ripple into today and beyond. On that October day, the Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite called Sputnik. Also on that day a television show called Leave It to Beaver debuted which dramatized the adventures of a typical but fictional 1950s American family, the Cleavers. And these two very different events actually connect to each other. 

Domenici's Impact On Trade In Southern New Mexico

Oct 1, 2017
Official Senate photo

Commentary: “Saint Pete.” That’s what many of us who knew and worked with New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici called him. He got this nickname for the successful work he did in Washington, D.C., on behalf of his native New Mexico to obtain earmarks, save military bases, and help constituents. Elected in 1972, he served six terms in the U.S. Senate, making him New Mexico’s longest-serving senator. The first time I ever heard his name mentioned was when I was a small child in my hometown of Española, New Mexico.

Patriots Can Protest Trump's Conduct

Oct 1, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Trump called NFL players who kneeled in protest “SOB's.” His intent was racist. The players are largely black, the kneelers were almost wholly black, and Trump was speaking to a mostly-white Alabama crowd deciding between the right-wing senator Trump supports and the even more right-wing and racist challenger. The subtext was, “My guy's as tough on n****rs as your guy.”