Local Viewpoints

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There’s More Value for Voters with Consolidation and Ranked Choice Voting

Apr 13, 2018

Commentary: This year, the legislature made significant election reforms to improve how we elect city councilors, school board members and special district boards. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed it into law.

State Representative Blasts Trump’s Plan to Deploy National Guard to Border

Apr 13, 2018

Commentary: Last week, the Trump administration planned to deploy thousands of members of the National Guard to the Southern Border. According to recent reports by the Los Angeles Times, Secretary of Defense James Mattis has signed an order to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border. Since the announcement, Governor Susanna Martinez has openly supported the effort. The orders have been met with resistance from activists and government officials alike, and Rep.

Voters are right to wonder about the role of campaign contributions in New Mexico politics

Apr 13, 2018

  Commentary: New Mexico voters need more information about how money is working through the political process, if a recent poll commissioned by Common Cause New Mexico is any measu

Turmoil At The VA May Reveal Desire To Increase Private Medical Providers

Apr 11, 2018

Commentary: If the guiding principle of modern-day conservative political philosophy is a smaller federal government, Donald Trump may be the most effective president ever to hold the office. For better or worse.

That gets lost, I think, in all the craziness and reality show schtick that constantly surrounds Trump.

Philosophers-for-hire, or modern day courtiers?

Apr 11, 2018


  Commentary: Thus, just as the physician's aim ought to be men's health, so the Courtier's ought to be his prince's virtue. – Castiglione, Fourth Book of the Courtier

A campus of the University of Wisconsin announced in March that it would eliminate 13 majors in the humanities and social sciences – including majors like English, history, and philosophy. Instead, the school would expand majors and programs associated with “high-demand career paths.”

Do What Works to Provide Student Success Resources

Apr 10, 2018

Commentary: Teachers and other educators across the nation say “enough” to chronic underfunding of public education. 

Here in New Mexico, educators await a positive outcome to the lawsuit against the State for failing to provide public schools the supports necessary for statewide student success.   The National Education Association-New Mexico applauds every parent, school district Board of Education and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund who bring the lawsuit.


U.S. Catholic Bishops of U.S./Mexico Border Respond to U.S. National Guard Deployment

Apr 10, 2018
El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz

Commentary: In response to announcements regarding deploying the United States National Guard to the U.S./Mexico Border, the U.S. Catholic Bishops of the U.S./Mexico Border issued the following statement:

We are deeply concerned by the announcement that the National Guard will be deployed on the U.S./Mexico Border. The continued militarization of the U.S./Mexico Border distorts the reality of life on the border; this is not a war zone but instead is comprised of many peaceful and law-abiding communities that are also generous in their response to human suffering. 

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and CPC Peace & Security Taskforce Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), released the following statement after President Trump abruptly cancelled travel plans to South America, citing the need to “oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world.” President Trump is publicly threatening U.S.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)

Commentary: After Trump Administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a visit to Las Cruces on Wednesday, the Democratic Party of New Mexico stood up for border communities.

America’s Changing Pastime

Apr 9, 2018

Commentary: America has a long and storied relationship with the game of baseball. Books have been written about it. Movies have been made about it. Fathers and grandfathers pass down stories to the young about it. A kind of spiritual connection has existed with this game for many generations.

Sanctuary Cities are Sacred Spaces

Apr 9, 2018

Commentary: According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) states that: "In 2016 in the Buffalo region, which includes Syracuse, there were 1,103 administrative arrests by ICE. Of those, 160 were non-criminals. For 2017, there were 396 non-criminal arrests by ICE out of 1,494 total." Four months into 2018, it appears that those numbers are going to skyrocket.

Trade War With China

Apr 9, 2018

Commentary: On March 22, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will impose up to $60 billion of tariffs on Chinese exports to the U.S., first on steel and aluminum, and next on technology products, accusing China of stealing technology from U.S. companies. In an aggressive statement, China announced that the U.S. had violated World Trade Organization regulations, and announced that it would impose tariffs ranging from 15 to 25 percent on 106 U.S. exports, including fruits, nuts, soy, wine, liquor, steel/aluminum, vehicles, and pork products.

What Else I've Learned In Las Cruces

Apr 8, 2018

Commentary: I really like my new hometown: the weather, the food, the people, the history, the geography. I’ve learned how to tolerate Texas and Texans. I look forward to doing so many new things, but I still have so much to learn.

peter goodman

Commentary: In the local March for Science on Saturday, I will march thinking of Robert Ingersoll.

Maybe I'll carry this quotation from him: “We are the advocates of inquiry, of investigation and thought. This of itself, is an admission that we are not perfectly satisfied with all our conclusions. Philosophy has not the egotism of faith.”

Commissioner Billy Garrett

Commentary: Billy Garrett joined other southern New Mexican leaders in expressing their opposition to President Donald Trump and Governor Susana Martinez’s intention to deploy National Guard troops along the U.S. Border with Mexico. Garrett is a Democratic contender for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico and currently serving as a Doña Ana County Commissioner.

Commentary: If you’ve ever done much research on your family history, you’ve likely run across old census records. These yellowed documents—many hand-written with quill and ink by enumerators who went door-to-door to gather the information—were used to determine how many representatives each state had in Congress. Today’s Census is still incredibly important, but now it is much more high-tech. It involves cutting-edge technology, years of planning, extensive research, and thousands of Census workers across the country.

Commentary: A federal court found that lack of leadership and accountability in the New Mexico Human Services Department prevents it from fixing entrenched problems in food and medical benefit administration.

Commentary: One of the best indicators of the vitality of an economy is population growth. The idea is simple. People move to places where there is opportunity and from places lacking opportunity. By this stand, U.S. urban areas are doing very well.

Between 2010 and 2017, the Census Bureau estimates growth has been 7.1% for cities with populations greater than 1 million. Meanwhile smaller cities, so called micropolitan areas grew only .3 of 1% during the same period.

Decision to Send Troops to Border “Another Blatant Declaration of War on Immigrants"

Apr 5, 2018

Commentary: Faith leaders with NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fe (CAFé) are condemning the Trump Administration’s announced plans to deploy the National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico Border and are charging this Administration with further escalating its war on immigrants and Border Communities.

Commentary: OKLAHOMA CITY ― A new statewide poll of Oklahomans released by the Oklahoma Education Association shows near universal support for Oklahoma educators’ walk-out for school funding as action at the capitol enters a third day.

Commentary: According to a study released by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, New Mexico has the capacity to triple solar energy jobs using many of the mechanisms included in the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s (DPNM

El Paso Democrat Blasts Trump's "Border Militarization"

Apr 3, 2018

Commentary:  State Sen. José Rodríguez's statement on President Trump's proposal to militarize the southern border:

Commentary: As the sun set yesterday evening, passersby were able to make out an image projected onto the building at 300 San Mateo, at the corner of San Mateo and Central, a private building that leases office space to several state departments, including the New Mexico State Taxation and Revenue Department. The image prominently featured a ticker of the value  of natural gas being wasted by industry on public and tribal lands in New Mexico, totaling more than $100 million.

Commentary: With targeted investments and forward-looking policies, New Mexico could leverage its strengths in leading-edge advanced solar technologies to drive economic growth and support over 6,800 jobs annually. That’s according to The New Mexico Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Advanced Solar Technology, a new report created by the American Jobs Project in partnership with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at The University of New Mexico.

See us at (almost) the Farmer’s Market to help homeless teens

Apr 3, 2018

Commentary: I’ve been at the Farmer’s Market early Saturday mornings the past couple of weeks with a group working to help homeless teens in Las Cruces.

Or, to be more precise, almost at the Farmer’s Market. We’re set up in the walkway between the Dragonfly Restaurant and the Rio Grande Theatre, and are still learning the dos and don’ts of the Farmer’s Market. The person working with us has been very helpful. And, we also plan to set up outside of the Walmart on Rinconada on future Saturday mornings.

"Energy At The Crossroads" Meeting To Be Held In Las Cruces

Apr 2, 2018
Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

Commentary: Attorney and environmental justice champion Mariel Nanasi’s presentation  “At the Energy Crossroads”  will open the April meeting of Indivisible LAS CRUCES.   Nanasi has served as lead attorney in legal interventions before the Public Regulations Commission and the New Mexico Supreme Court.  The meeting will held Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Las Cruces.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Has Terrible News for Utah and The Nation

Apr 2, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)

Commentary: The U.S. Justice Department today announced it was suing the State of California over a state law that aimed to limit the federal government’s ability to dispose of national public land. In filing the lawsuit, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “the Constitution empowers the federal government — not state legislatures — to decide when and how federal lands are sold.”

Sessions is correct: state legislatures do not control national public lands. This legal position now poses a huge problem for land seizure advocates in states like Utah, which has been threatening a lawsuit to force the federal government to dispose of national public lands.

Debating Secrecy For Spaceport America Customers

Apr 1, 2018
Spaceport America

Commentary: Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of moderating the annual Sunshine Week panel on transparency in government, which focused on the Spaceport.

Access to public information is critical to our democracy. That’s what the Legislature said in enacting our Inspection of Public Records Act. That’s what courts consistently say in deciding IPRA cases. I agree.

Spaceport America is a public entity. But it’s success depends on luring customers and tenants. Those companies have trade secrets (protected by law) and other information they prefer competitors not see. 

Commentary: Common Cause New Mexico rolled out results from its annual poll, with some surprises. In addition to the usual campaign finance questions, the telephone poll of 452 registered voters, randomly selected by Research and Polling Inc. for the January survey, asked voters about some other reforms and whether campaign finance would be a voting issue. The poll also asked a question bound to have implications in this year’s election.

Next Governor Must Lead on Climate

Mar 31, 2018
Commissioner Billy Garrett

Commentary: When our new Governor takes office next January, he or she must be prepared to address climate change: the most pressing environmental problem of our time.  Climate change threatens all life in New Mexico as we know it.  In coming decades, the Rio Grande is expected to lose one-third of its water; warmer winters will wipe out our ski industry; and indigenous species—such as the piñon, our state tree—face extinction.  And those are just a few examples of what’s coming.