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Under The Stars Of Las Cruces, I'm Home

Sep 17, 2017
peter goodman

  We thoroughly enjoyed the Las Cruces Symphony's “Pops under the Stars.” 

Beforehand, I visited with several elected officials, with people I've fought beside or against over various issues, and with folks I've known nearly five decades. So many are damned decent people!

Then the music starts. Capturing us. Lonnie Klein is an animated conductor, and seems a skillful one. Visiting vocalist Diane Penning sounds even better than last year. 

Richard Kadzis

Commentary:  Jack Kerouac published On the Road 60 years ago (September 5) to rave reviews, including by The New York Times, which predicted that the autobiographical novel would become to the Beat Generation what Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" meant to the Lost Generation.

Pearce Supports Federal Land Access Bill

Sep 15, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: The House Natural Resources Subcommittee passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act.

Pearce Again Votes Against Public Lands Protection

Sep 15, 2017

Commentary: LAS CRUCES – This week, Representative Steve Pearce once again voted against protecting our public lands. An amendment that would have kept public lands from being transferred to private ownership was killed thanks to the help of Pearce and public land seizure proponents in the House.

State Engineer Tom Blaine and EBID Board President Robert Faubion

Commentary: In opening remarks at a joint open house held September 7 in Las Cruces by the Office of the State Engineer and Elephant Butte Irrigation District, State Engineer Tom Blaine commented, “This was the first time in over 18 years that the entire state has been out of the drought condition.”

Commentary: Austin, TX – For 30 years, Texas law has maintained that all state high schools must hand out voter registration applications to eligible students at least twice per year.

White supremacy cannot protect America

Sep 15, 2017

Commentary:  Who is really protecting America, anyway? 

Is it the President with his Attorney General, whose minds are entangled beyond deliverance in nativist myths about history, economics, and human worth?

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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


“Today’s revelation that the New Mexico Public Education Department wants to implement a perverted, watered-down version of the NextGen Science Standards is a slap in the face to our students and educators by simultaneously implementing a system of scientific skepticism into New Mexico curriculum and curtailing academic freedom for our educators.


Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement regarding Senator Bernie Sanders releasing his Medicare for All bill in the U.S. Senate today.

An Invitation To Restore Democracy In Doña Ana County

Sep 12, 2017

Commentary: Over 90% of registered voters in Doña Ana County do not vote in local elections.  Over 90% of people are not being seen, not being heard, and are not being included in the decisions being made that impact their daily lives. Decisions that are meant to increase our quality of life and preserve our dignity.  This is unacceptable. 

Commentary: The Equifax data breach that released intimate personal and financial details of 143 million Americans resulted from criminal negligence.  The flaw in the Apache Struts software that allowed hackers in for over two months has been known since March, and the IT managers at Equifax failed to fix it, even knowing the tremendous risk it posed. 

Our legislators, our attorneys general in all the states, must force Equifax to provide free weekly credit checks to all of us who have been affected. They must also provide for Equifax to fail, giving way to a new company. 

Heinrich And Udall Back "Medicare For All"

Sep 12, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on cosponsoring U.S Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for All bill:

“America is the wealthiest country on Earth, yet despite our health care progress in recent years, we still spend far too much of our GDP on health care and some New Mexicans still find themselves without any coverage at all.

September 11 Was And Is A Test

Sep 10, 2017
Copyright 2001, Peter Goodman

Commentary: Monday is September 11th. It is a date like December 7, and perhaps November 22 or August 6. Sixteen years later, it cannot just be said. By 2033 will young folks say it as easily as they say November 22 or August 6?


Memories force themselves on anyone older than 19. After that surge of vivid memory, we reflect.


Ending DACA Means Widespread Economic Harm

Sep 9, 2017

  Commentary: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program currently allows nearly 800,000 undocumented individuals to work and live in the United States. President Trump’s decision to end the program not only flies in the face of what the United States stands for, but kicks out important contributors to the economy, undermining recent economic progress.


“Manliness” is somebody’s way of selling you stuff

Sep 9, 2017

Commentary: My aftershave is ever so manly. Here - take a gruff, confident sniff!


Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON –As more than 50 million public school students head back to classrooms across the country, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García spoke about DACA, the Trump education agenda and other relevant topics to our nation’s public schools and students at the National Press Club Headliners Luncheon today.

Regular weekly luncheons for speakers began in 1932 and more heads of state and government appear at the National Press Club than any other forum in the world, outside the Oval Office.

Betty Patterson-President, NEA New Mexico

NEA Commentary:  "As the NM PED state evaluation of individual teachers are distributed thisweek, we remain dedicated to doing all we can to provide students with an education that inspires their curiosity, imagination, and desire to learn," says NEA-New Mexico President Betty Patterson.  " Whether we are teachers, school bus drivers, counselors, school secretaries, coaches, or custodians, all of us set high expectations for students and want to provide them with an environment that nurtures their success."  


Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: Washington, DC – Representatives José E. Serrano, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Hakeem Jeffries, and Grace Meng condemned the Republican decision to block their amendment to combat hate crimes from being considered by the full House. The amendment was offered this week to H.R. 3354 – Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, and would have allocated $10 million for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance grant programs to provide support for the criminal investigation and prosecution of hate crimes at the state and local level.  

NM Dream Team

Ay, mijita,

child of the stars,

how I misled you.

I promised

you could be anything,

anything you wanted to be

in this country.

That is why we came here,

risked everything,

for you, my love.

My dreams were for you alone.

I did not intend to mislead  you.

I believed in the promise,

believed we could escape

a cruel, dreamless destiny.

How I encouraged you,

proudly watch your every step.

"Apply yourself.

Study hard." (donald trump)

Commentary: Hours after Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Obama, editorial boards across the country slammed Trump’s decision to rip away protections from the nearly 800,000 DREAMers who were brought to this country as children. DREAMers contribute to our nation’s economy on a daily basis and rescinding DACA would force hundreds of thousands back into the shadows and tear them away from their families and communities.

See coverage below:

Regents Address The Future Of New Mexico State University

Sep 6, 2017
Debra Hicks

Commentary: As expressed in the August 30, 2017 Board Meeting, the Board of Regents sincerely appreciates the stakeholder input received both publicly and privately over the past couple of weeks. The input affirms the level of commitment and passion we are blessed with at this University. While the University faces many challenges, the input has created a great opportunity to get the word out on some the positive things happening at NMSU.

Revocation of DACA Program Puts Children and Youth at Risk

Sep 5, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE—James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Immigrants come to America now for the same reason immigrants have been coming to America for centuries—opportunity. And like the immigrants who came before them, the vast majority of today’s immigrants are hard-working, law-abiding folks.

Commentary: Jeff Sessions tried to find every legal excuse in the book to rescind DACA, but let’s be clear --  Donald Trump and his Republican party have long pushed hateful policies and ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program today in one of their latest tactics to promote discrimination. Time and again, Republicans and Trump have doubled-down on radical policies that would force hundreds of thousands back into the shadows and rip them away from their families and communities.

Don't Just Save DACA, End Mass Deportation

Sep 5, 2017
David Baake

Commentary: This morning, President Trump announced that he was rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), an Obama-era policy benefiting certain undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children.  Under DACA, these individuals were protected from deportation and eligible for work authorization if they had lived in the United States for at least five years, refrained from serious criminal activity, and either completed high school or served in the military.  Some 800,000 young men and women (commonly referred to as “Dreamers”) benefitted from this p

Heroes at 97 - Marthe Cohn and J Paul Taylor

Sep 3, 2017
J. Paul Taylor

Commentary: On the 97th Anniversary of women's suffrage in the U.S., two 97-year-olds, speaking on consecutive nights, reminded us – more with their lives than their words – of the importance of standing up against intolerance and hatred.

Sunday, lifelong resident J. Paul Taylor spoke. He embodies ethnic mixing: his Scotch-Irish father and Mexican mother raised a fine young man who taught generations of kids. Then, at 66, he started a nearly two-decade career as the Conscience of the Legislature. He's always stood up for tolerance, equality, and freedom. He still does.

Democratic Party of New Mexico

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM – Ahead of an announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from the Trump administration , Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) stood side-by-side with DACA recipients with United We Dream Action at a press conference emphasizing the importance the program to build strong families and communities.

DACA protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children from deportation and allows them to work in the United States.

What is leadership when it comes to Gila diversion?

Sep 1, 2017

Commentary: What is leadership in a society that elects leaders and expects them to be accountable to the public?


Commentary: Before the 53rd Legislative Session started, I perused reports and analyses of state agencies put out by the Legislative Finance Committee.  I was most interested in the Spaceport.  Spaceport platitudinarians wish I, and any other critics, would quit looking, digging and sharing with our fellow tax payers.  Spaceport has gotten so bad about hiding damning information, and restricting transparency, they adopted burdensome Inspection of Public Records Act rules which have numerous times been struck down by the Attorney General’s Office.  Make you wonder what they have to hide?  S

Trump Administration’s Sabotage of Affordable Care Act Continues

Aug 31, 2017

  Commentary: Washington D.C - With the release of a 

  Commentary: A federal district judge in San Antonio ruled to enjoin the majority of the anti-immigrant and discriminatory law, SB4, that targets communities of color across the state.