Local Viewpoints

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A Reality Check On Supporting Nazis

Aug 17, 2017

Commentary: 75 years ago, my father was fighting Nazis in Germany. He and the other members of the Greatest Generation defeated the Nazis then. Who knew that today we would still have to fight those who wave that same flag?

Then, the general who lead the fight against the Nazis went on to become President of the United States as a member of the Republican Party. Today, the man who won the last election for President claims to be a member of that same party and yet defends Nazis.

On Liberty, Freedom, and Open Carry

Aug 17, 2017

Commentary: Although he politely bade me good morning, his clothing was a little odd: reminiscent of a 19th century cowboy from a movie, except for the very modern handgun openly displayed on his hip.

The Jeffersonian distinction between “liberty” and “freedom” goes something like this: liberty is something you are free to do while freedom, in Thomas Jefferson’s writing, typically refers to being free from oppression or tyranny. Thus, while liberty is one of the inalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, it has never been the case that liberty is absolute.

Commentary: New Mexicans are calling on Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to recommend no modifications to Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks or Río Grande del Norte national monuments to President Trump.

Who's The Boss?

Aug 13, 2017

Commentary: It could be the leader of a nation or the CEO of a corporation or the manager of a local fast food outlet, but you might recognize this person. You know, the man or woman boss that just happens to know everything about everything. The one that’s always the smartest person in the room. The one that’s always right. The one who takes credit for success and none of the blame for mistakes or failures. The one whose top priority is always their own self and making sure they look good in the eyes of everyone around them.

Goodman: SB4 Damages Law Enforcement In Texas

Aug 13, 2017
peter goodman

  Commentary: Texas limits deer-hunting to certain seasons, but is making it open season all year long on Latinas without papers. 


SB4 makes it criminal for a police chief or sheriff to direct officers not to ask for people's papers.


Latinos and law-enforcement are united in opposing this bill.


In Defense of Being Pointlessly Human

Aug 11, 2017

Commentary:  Dear Facebook friend: Thank you, sincerely, for adding me to your group, “Between A Walk & A Hard Pace.” Sometimes people are annoyed when friends add them to groups without asking, but I appreciate your impulse to include me in a positive and supportive environment

Trip Jennings-New Mexico In Depth

  Commentary: "By vetoing the two education bills of the ten, the Governor had prioritized her adult politics over the need of New Mexico's students," says Charles Bowyer, Executive Director of NEA-New Mexico.   "Now, with the judge overturning those vetoes two important new opportunities for student success just opened up in New Mexico.   New Mexico's educators are grateful to the legislature and Judge Singleton for putting our students in a better position to succeed," explains Bowyer.  

DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: New Mexico - In court today, Democrats' efforts to prepare high school students for jobs in tech and expand broadband internet access in communities across New Mexico prevailed. 

Commentary: The National Dems recently announced "a better deal.”  How is it better?    I and many friends are confused.     Does Senator Shumer and other party “leaders” have a clue about real change, spin not withstanding?   Is single payer the latest addition? 

The better way:

-      Jobs, jobs, jobs.  Nothing new here and FDR said it better

-      Fixing the economy?  whether you agree or not,  Walter Lippmann and Max Eastman among others said it much

   better before 1920, the beginning of the  lead up to 1929.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“The approval of New Mexico’s state educational plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is incredibly disheartening news for public educators across our state, and will impact our students on a deep level in their schools and communities.


Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  Commentary: Washington, DC -- Today marks the final day of the comment period on Scott Pruitt’s plan to delay implementation of key safeguards limiting methane pollution from new oil and gas operations. The agency itself has acknowledged the public health threat this delay poses, particularly to children. But at the request of the oil and gas industry, Pruitt has moved to stay enforcement of this critical rule by two years.


Commentary: LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – This month, the Step Up Steve campaign hosted a press conference at Albert Johnson Park, displaying replicas of billboard ads that are currently up across southern New Mexico, drawing attention to how Congressman Steve Pearce’s voting record is out of touch with the positions of most southern New Mexicans on public la

Mimi Stewart – New Mexico’s Most Effective Legislator

Aug 8, 2017
Senator Mimi Stewart (D-17-Bernalillo)

  Commentary: Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque recently was named New Mexico’s single most effective legislator — indeed, one of the most effective lawmakers in any state — by FiscalNote.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima-City of Las Cruces photo

Commentary: Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today reaffirmed the City’s commitment to proactively reduce the community’s carbon footprint after the Trump Administration late last week filed formal notice that the U.S. intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a lengthy process that ends at the earliest on Nov. 4, 2020.


Reinventing Fire: A World without Fossil Fuel

Aug 6, 2017
Richard Kadzis

Commentary:  One 'Holy Grail' of carbonless, cost-effective alternative energy is advanced battery power storage. When battery technology goes main stream, the return-on-investment (ROI) will be robust and swift.

Tesla, the high-tech car maker, is out front, according to a recent analysis. Considering how Tesla has mastered the gasoline-free automobile, it’s not as shocking as it is reassuring a report to ponder.

Amidst Crime Crisis, Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Dan Lewis Hosts 'Shoot Out'

Aug 6, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

  Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - In a shocking lack of sensitivity for Albuquerque’s crime crisis, Albuquerque mayoral candidate Dan Lewis announced he will be hosting a “shoot out” this month. 

peter goodman

  Commentary: If no one hires Colin Kaepernick, I won't watch professional football this year.

Some readers are now angry at me. Many others may wonder what a Kaepernick is.

Colin Kaepernick is a quarterback. He did some marvelous things as a San Francisco 49er. Then the team committed suicide by getting rid of a great coach, Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick got injured. He recovered and played fairly well on a terrible team. No one knows whether, on a decent team, he could now revive the greatness he showed during the 'Niners' Super Bowl season.

SB4 Is Already Damaging Public Safety in Texas

Aug 4, 2017

Commentary: Austin, TX  – Texas’ racially discriminatory law, SB4, is set to be implemented across the state on September 1, but in pieces from The Intercept and the 

Outrage Over El Paso Electric Solar Rate Proposal

Aug 4, 2017

Commentary: Austin - Sen. José Rodríguez wrote a letter to El Paso City Council urging them to oppose El Paso Electric Company's proposed pricing scheme for solar customers. EPE proposes to charge more to customers who seek to conserve power and lower costs; this is bad for El Paso and could set a dangerous precedent for other communities across Texas.

Why Is New Mexico Suing EPA Over Ozone Pollution?

Aug 3, 2017

  Commentary: Love the Trump administration, hate the Trump administration, or simply watch the whole spectacle in utter bewilderment, the 45th chief executive did one unquestionably valuable thing for the cause of liberty, opportunity, and prosperity: He picked Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (r)

  Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, in an attempt to bully localities into enrolling in Trump’s deportation machine, U.S.

NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Today, I am announcing that I plan to retire as New Mexico State University Chancellor on July 1, 2018, at the end of my contract period.

I have tremendously enjoyed my time here at NMSU, as a student, professor, dean and for the past four years serving as chancellor and president of this great university. I’m enthusiastically looking forward to what we can accomplish in the next 11 months.

Time for the U.S. to get out of Yemen and address war crimes

Aug 3, 2017

Commentary:  “It was like something out of Judgment Day.” A resident of Mokha, speaking to Amnesty International, described an air strike that killed scores of civilians. “Corpses and heads scattered, engulfed by fire and ashes.” (donald trump)

Commentary: In a July 17 press release, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the first rounds for the renegotiation of the twenty-three-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place in Washington, D.C., from August 16 to 20, 2017. According to the communiqué, “John Melle, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, will serve as Chief Negotiator for the NAFTA negotiations. In his role as Chief Negotiator, Melle will be responsible for the day-to-day negotiations at the staff level.”

The World’s Greatest Thief

Aug 2, 2017

Commentary: There is a thief that comes into everyone’s bedroom every evening. He never misses a single night. He comes into your room at the end of each and every day. You don’t notice him because he slips in so quietly and never makes a sound as he does his work. When you wake up the next morning, you hardly even notice that anything valuable is gone. But something was taken, something precious. He’s taken something from you that you cannot buy and something you can’t put a price on. After a while, some of us begin to notice him. We desperately want to guard against his thieving ways.

Republicans Respond To Column On Rep. Steve Pearce's Vote For GOP Health Bill

Aug 1, 2017

Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico is intentionally misinforming New Mexicans by distorting the truth about Congressman Steve Pearce’s support for Medicaid funding and healthcare for the most vulnerable.

peter goodman

  Commentary: As I start toward town for my first show on the new “Que Tál” community radio station, a healthy young coyote trots across Soledad Canyon Road just in front of me. Good sign! We don't see 'em so often lately.

I'm well-rested. Several shots of mescal at bed-time helped.

Memo to Steve Pearce: New Mexicans Will Not Forget Your Vote on Health Care

Jul 29, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: Despite the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, New Mexicans will never forget that Congressman Steve Pearce voted to take health care away from thousands of his own constituents.

Las Cruces Viewpoint: Building Walls Damages Our Community And Our Country

Jul 29, 2017

A campaign promise was made, and this week a military spending quietly included $1,570,000,000 for that promise, a border wall between the United States and Mexico.  

American taxpayers were further promised, as a package deal, that Mexico would pay for it.  This double promise seemed intended to make the wall more palatable because, no matter how impractical it was, it wouldn't cost us anything.

  Commentary: The U.S. Senate failed to pass a final version of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 49-51. Three Republicans joined 48 Democrats to sink the proposal. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against the measure. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) voted against all three iterations of Trumpcare that were considered in the Senate.