Local Viewpoints

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 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.


Commentary:  We're all shocked by the murder of Jose Chavez, one of Hatch's finest. I share the community's sadness for him and his family and anger at the killers. Let's each donate what we can to the fund to help educate his daughters.


A Solid Plan For Our County's Future

Aug 21, 2016
sharon thomas / city of las cruces photo

  Commentary: A Comprehensive Plan is a tool used by communities to plan their future growth and development.  All New Mexico counties that receive state funding are required by law to develop a Comprehensive Plan and to revisit it at regular intervals.  In the process they can make the changes necessary to guide community decision-making in subsequent years.

New Mexico Voices For Children: No Closed Door Meetings By State Legislature

Aug 19, 2016

  Commentary: New Mexico Voices for Children issued the following statement from executive director James Jimenez regarding Governor Martinez’s agreement to call a special legislative session:

“Closed-door deals aren’t in the public’s interest. And quick ‘solutions’ that fail to promote long-term public investment don’t serve New Mexicans.

NEA: New Mexico Education Department Use Of PARCC Tests Is Poor Public Policy

Aug 19, 2016

Commentary: The Public Education Department’s release of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores is a positive sign. However, the continued use of these scores for high stakes decisions is still just as misguided as it ever was.  Movement in the right direction is an indication that New Mexico’s educators and students are working hard. 



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

“With the release of the Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores, Secretary Skandera, for a second year championed low scores as a sign of progress for her reforms within the Public Education System.


  Commentary: Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement after Governor Susana Martinez released a timeline for a special session.

Office of the Governor


  Commentary: The Catholic Bishops of New Mexico applauded the State Legislature for the progress that was made when we ended the morally untenable practice of the death penalty on March 18, 2009. This repeal of the death penalty was a milestone, moving New Mexico from a culture of violence to a culture of peace, justice, and love.


Sen. Rodríguez statement on PUCT approval of new El Paso Electric customer rates

Aug 18, 2016

  Commentary: Today, the Public Utility Commission of Texas gave final approval to a settlement agreement between El Paso Electric and several interveners to revise the utility's electric rates, as well as approved El Paso Electric's application to institute a voluntary community solar program within its Texas service territory. 

Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement in response to approval of the settlement terms:

Transit: A Wise Investment for Everyone

Aug 18, 2016

  Wise communities invest in themselves, providing the public resources necessary to allow residents to live prosperous, healthy lives.  Regional transit is one of those key investments in a successful future.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

  Commentary: The Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva and CPC Member Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) released the following statement today after the Justice Department announced they will end contracts with private prisons.

Pearce: Fish And Wildlife Service Fails To Answer Critical Questions

Aug 16, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Commentary: Today, Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to provide answers to a letter the Congressman’s office sent regarding the Inspector General’s report on the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. Despite having a month to address the questions posed, the agency has failed to provide a single answer:

Steve Fischmann

  Commentary: Ignore all the noise you hear about renewable energy being expensive.  The most efficient new natural gas power plant costs 7.5 cents a kWh over its lifetime.  Solar power generators routinely offer long term purchase power agreements at 4 cents per kWh and falling. Wind power contracts are approaching 3 cents per kWh.