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  Commentary: Late night jokesters like Stephen Colbert and Seth Myers have had fun with the unusual name of Senior Airman Reality Winner, but there is nothing funny about her legal predicament – for her or for the country.


KIDS COUNT Data Book: New Mexico Ranked 49th in Nation for Child Well-Being

Jun 13, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., —While New Mexico is stuck near the bottom in child well-being — ranking 49th out of the 50 states — there is some good news in the annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which was released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

peter goodman

Commentary: On Thursday, June 15, the New Mexico Soil & Water Conservation Commission will meet in Las Cruces and appoint members to the State's soil and water districts, including the Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District.

In May, we elected two new boardmembers to DASWCD. There are five elected members, four of whom must be resident landowners. The Commission may appoint two more, who need not be landowners or live in the district.

All Public Lands Matter: We Need BLM to Protect Otero Mesa

Jun 11, 2017
State Senator Bill Soules

Commentary: Southern New Mexico is blessed with a rich heritage of public lands, and should have a strong voice in the discussion about how to protect and manage those public lands.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement after former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“Mr. Comey's testimony clearly shows that the President intended to obstruct the Russia investigation by firing Director Comey. It is also clear that the President lied about this fact in subsequent interviews and comments.” 

  Commentary: LAS CRUCES – On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Francia Elena-Castaño, separating her from her children, her husband, and her church community. Francia lived in the Las Cruces community for nearly 20 years and was an active and beloved member of Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. 

Changes On Tap For NAFTA?

Jun 7, 2017
Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Commentary: On May 18, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent notice to Congress that it was the Trump Administration's intention to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico, "regarding modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement." According to the notice, "In particular, we note that NAFTA was negotiated 25 years ago, and while our economy and businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not. Many chapters are outdated and do not reflect modern standards. For example, digital trade was in its infancy when NAFTA was enacted.

Commentary: The Border Trade Alliance today stated its support for H.R. 2213, legislation by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) to reform Customs and Border Protection’s polygraph examination process, which has created needless bureaucratic hurdles in the agency’s ability to recruit new officers.

The ripple effects of the President’s budget cuts

Jun 7, 2017

Commentary: Our communities do best when everyone contributes. We are strengthened when our children fulfill their potential and become the entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists they were born to be. And because no one reaches their potential without a little help, our nation provides opportunities to those who would otherwise be unable to access them. We do this not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because these are investments that will pay off for all of us with a better quality of life, a stronger economy, and a brighter future.

Commentary: The National Hispanic Media Coalition along with major tech companies and other internet activists will be participating in an "

Our Fact-Free Universe is Poison to Democracy

Jun 6, 2017

Commentary: Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has found time during his first term to author a book entitled “The Vanishing American Adult,” about a perceived loss of personal integrity and self-discipline in American civil discourse, and ways to develop a citizenry “fully formed, vivacious, appealing, resilient, self-reliant, problem-solving [and] called to love and serve their neighbors.”

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary:  Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and CPC Member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) made the following statement today after President Trump announced that he will offer several infrastructure proposals this week, starting with an effort to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control system.

Goodman: In Difficult Times, Hope Is Not Lost

Jun 4, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: In a quiet way, at 5:30 this morning, I felt as close as I've come in this lifetime to a nervous breakdown.  I won't list the tasks, obligations and problems that loomed large. I take on too much, most of it well-intentioned, then screw it all up. And in the midst of that, I gotta write a newspaper column? I don't feel like a person with a sufficient understanding of much of anything to presume to speak to others!

Udall Decries Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

Jun 3, 2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, responded to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Democrats: Trump's Decision On Paris Accord Hurts New Mexico

Jun 3, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

   Commentary: President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, the historic global agreement to act on climate change and move toward more sustainable and renewable energy sources. Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Chair Richard Ellenberg released the following statement on the effects the Republican administration’s withdrawal will have on New Mexico.

  Commentary: President Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of a widely-accepted international agreement purportedly intended to stop damaging climate change. His decision was cheered by people politically committed to Trump, as well as certain business interests who are delighted to continue harmful climate behaviors. The decision was also met with howls of disapproval from countless world leaders and climate scientists convinced of the danger of our current climate course.

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


Pearce Cheers Trump Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

Jun 1, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump made the decision to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Deal:

“Any agreement the United States enters into regarding climate or emissions must ensure affordable and reliable energy is available to every New Mexican family. We all agree that we want clean air and clean water, but the United States cannot saddle the global burden of change on the backs of the American people.

  Commentary: Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a new 

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and CPC Energy and Environment Taskforce Chair Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) made the following statement after it was reported President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Pearce Fights For Equal Share Of Mineral Revenues

May 30, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: The Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) of 1920 stipulated that the federal government split mineral revenues 50-50 with the states. Recently, the federal government started taking an extra 2 percent from the states. Congressman Steve Pearce is co-leading H.R. 2661 with Congresswoman Liz Cheney to ensure states receive their proper share of federal mineral revenues.

Commentary: Immigrants (primarily Europeans) have been coming to this country for over 300 years seeking a better life. We set the standard for most countries in the world—until recently. For the last 40 years we have been going in the wrong direction in terms of access to a quality education and  health care, personal safety and tax equity. Other rich countries are doing better in these areas.

Commentary: There is much excitement both positive and negative about a proposed magnesium complex in Luna County, a project which its investors hope will transform the city of Deming into the capital of domestic magnesium production.

Commentary: Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) released a report, Tobacco in America: Leaving the Vulnerable Behind, highlighting the U.S.’s failure to live up to aspirational global goals regarding tobacco use. While national smoking prevalence has been driven down over the past two decades, the most vulnerable Americans bear a disproportionate share of the costs of tobacco. Partly as a result, the U.S. now ranks 43rd in the world in life expectancy, despite spending more than any other country per capita on health.

A Lesson From 1967 Still Holds True Today

May 28, 2017

Commentary: The Summer of 2017 is an important cultural anniversary in American life. This will mark 50 years since the Summer of Love. What was the Summer of Love? It was many things both good and bad. But the common thread was a desire of many mostly young Americans to question who are as people and where our lives are headed. It was a time to think about what it means to live a good life. It was a time to question whether the acquisition of money and the pursuit of material things really was a true path to happiness.

A Reprieve For Las Cruces-Area Regional Transit

May 28, 2017

Commentary; The County Commission got a redo on rural buses Tuesday – and did what seems the right thing.  Last meeting, dozens who wanted to speak didn't get the chance.

Tuesday turned into a rather wonderful moment. More than three dozen people spoke, including bus-riders speaking Spanish, several elected officials, and dedicated non-profit leaders. None opposed transit. We marveled at the variety of speakers, the power of their words, and the moving human stories. 

Commentary: Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a new 

LinkedIn Ranks the Most Sought-After Companies

May 28, 2017
Richard Kadzis

Commentary: Where would you like to work, if you could have the ideal job with the ideal employer?

LinkedIn recently provided some insight.

As the leading social media channel for business and professional networking, LinkedIn is essentially a job search engine, so it’s able to distill extensive career related information using its own data analytics.

Based mainly on total views of job postings by thousands of companies, LinkedIn published its most sought-after companies findings in May, ranking the top 50 employers nationally.

Trump On Trade-A Work In Progress?

May 27, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: On May 11, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced a new U.S.- China trade agreement. However, the new deal is not a sweeping general trade agreement - it only targets select sectors. Many of the points in the agreement have been discussed in ongoing negotiations that precede the Trump administration. Much detail still must be revealed, but the major provisions were highlighted by Secretary Ross and his team.

Commentary: WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement on the growing grassroots support for H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act.”