Local Viewpoints

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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.

Gun Deaths Spike in New Mexico

Oct 28, 2016

Commentary: According to the New Mexico Department of Public Health, 405 people were killed in New Mexico in 2015.  That is 66 more people killed than in 2014 and a 16.4 percent increase in firearm deaths. This is the greatest increase New Mexico has seen in decades.  

“Not only is gun violence hurting our communities, it is have a devastating effect on our young people.  From 2005 to 2014, 333 young people under 21 were killed with a gun in New Mexico, “ says Miranda Viscoli co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence

Commentary: The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter has released its statewide slate of endorsements in one of the most critical elections for the environment New Mexicans have ever faced.

“This year’s election is critical for putting New Mexico back on a path toward clean water, clean energy and thriving wildlife and public lands,” said Rio Grande Chapter Chair David Coss. “Our members are working hard for these candidates, and I urge New Mexicans to vote for them in the November 8 election.”

Mexican wolves riding wave of worldwide extinctions

Oct 28, 2016

Commentary: LAS CRUCES, NM—The Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) is urging New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and state wildlife officials to take immediate action to save endangered Mexican wolves in the wake of a shocking new report indicating that wildlife populations globally are on track to decline by two-thirds from 1970 levels by 2020. 

NEA files amicus brief in NC H.B. 2 transgender bathroom law

Oct 28, 2016

 Commentary: The NEA and the North Carolina Association of Educators believe all students deserve the opportunity for a rich and fulfilling education, an opportunity that should begin with walking into a welcoming, safe and accepting space.

Pearce Statement on FBI Reopening Investigation into Clinton E-mails

Oct 28, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the FBI announced it plans to reopen the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails:

Commentary: Today, we’re in the midst of the longest streak of job growth in U.S. history. The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that in 2015, the typical household saw its income grow by 5.2 percent (about $2,800), the largest one-year increase on record.

Dillard: Time For A Change In Congress

Oct 28, 2016

Commentary: People in both parties as well as independent voters all are frustrated and ready for a change from the obstructionist gridlocked mess in Washington to a Congress that actually does the work to keep the nation running and serving us all.  Merrie Lee Soules presents a well-qualified alternative and a welcome contrast to the six-term incumbent for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following response today to Hillary Clinton’s release of Better than Bullying, a plan to provide $500 million in new funding to states to help children, families and educators confront the challenge of bullying and heal divisions in communities around the nation:

Commentary: While reports over the past several days have warned of steep premium hikes, financial assistance will help tens of thousands of New Mexicans afford quality health insurance through the beWellnm, New Mexico’s health insurance marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report this week showing that unsubsidized premiums would rise about 25% nationally. However, the report also showed that the vast majority of shoppers are receiving financial assistance and will likely see only modest increases and some will experience a decrease in costs.

  Commentary: Thursday October 27, 2016 educators across New Mexico participate in EDUCATORS VOTE EARLY events sponsored by NEA-New Mexico.   Educators are invited to gather in public places to create public awareness of the importance for New Mexico’s public school students of this election.

Commentary:  On Tuesday, both AFT NM/ATF and PED returned to court to address the ongoing legal battle against the PED evaluation system. Our lawyer proposed that we set a court date ASAP. The PED requested a date for next fall citing their busy schedule as the reason. As a result, the court date is now late October 2017.

While we are relieved to have a final court date set, we are dismayed at the amount of time that our teachers have to wait for the final ruling.

Pearce: Americans Cannot Continue to Shoulder Obama’s Failed Healthcare Law

Oct 26, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that many health care premiums will increase by double digits in 2017:

Guns And Politics In New Mexico

Oct 23, 2016

  Commentary: Last Saturday I attended a National Rifle Association breakfast for local Republican legislative candidates.

An NRA lobbyist jetted in to tell a few lies and fire up the troops. The NRA desperately wants Republicans to control our Legislature, and will put up big bucks to keep making big bucks on gun sales.

Trump tax & economic policies are not valid

Oct 19, 2016 (donald trump)

Commentary: Putting Trump's anti-establishment rhetoric and trash talk about women aside, I am more concerned about his proposed tax and economic policies. He wants to follow the same trickle down economic policies that Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush followed—cutting taxes while simultaneously increasing spending. He and House Republicans want to decrease the tax burden for the top 1% (making them 18% richer) and reduce regulations, while expanding infrastructure and military spending.

Hynes: The janitor who inspired me

Oct 18, 2016

Commentary:  Jobe is a church janitor. This is not his real name but he exists. I spoke with him last week. He attended ISPCS and also our SUMMIT on Inclusion. This janitor spent over $1500 to join our community. When people attend ISPCS, we do not ask for their title. When you see a name badge at ISPCS, you see a name, and organization. We also ask attendees to list 3 things for their badge that anyone can talk to them about. I have seen everything from talk to me about the Grateful Dead to talk to me about my dogs. I never looked at what Jobe had on his badge.

Goodman: Thoughts About Our Congressional Election

Oct 16, 2016

Commentary: U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce's extremism is out-of-step with his constituents, while Merrie Lee Soules promises us vigorous, competent, and thoughtful representation in Washington. 

Mr. Pearce consistently lets his ideological views outweigh our interest. He helped shut down the government, costing taxpayers at least $20 million, simply to make a political statement he knew would fail, although Pearce poses as a prudent fiscal conservative. Even most Republicans in Washington can't stomach the nuttiness of Pearce and the “Freedom Caucus.”

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary:  The Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) made the following statement today after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) denounced “liberal progressivism” in a speech to students at the University of Wisconsin.

PR Newswire

  Commentary: Clowns Without Borders USA (CWB-USA) condemns the actions of agents who are impersonating clowns to frighten others and the actions of those who are using distorted clown images to make fictitious threats and incite anxiety. The wave of negative and hurtful sentiments expressed against professional clowns pains our community. "While this phenomenon in the U.S. hasn't affected our international programming, it certainly has affected the climate here at home.

Groups Protest Implementation Of New Mexico Driver's License Law

Oct 14, 2016

Commentary: Statewide civil rights groups, domestic violence and homeless advocates condemn a plan by the Governor's administration to unlawfully implement the state's new two-tiered driver's license law using proposed regulations that would harm New Mexico's most vulnerable residents without public comment, as required by law.