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Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Americans for Prosperity – New Mexico today applauded and voiced their support for both the Senate and House tax reform bills, calling on Senators Heinrich and Udall to do the same. The bill includes a massive reduction in the current 35 percent corporate tax rate, down to 21 percent. The package would provide tax relief at every rate, and reflects the unified tax framework and goal of overhauling the tax code to improve the broken system and better the lives of hardworking Americans.

Four Reasons Why Economists Are Wrong About Asset Prices

Dec 15, 2017

Commentary: The behavior of asset prices is a critical issue for individual investors. Movements in stock, bond, and real estate markets can have life alternating consequences for savers.

Counting Carbs? Count Me Out

Dec 15, 2017

Commentary: I used to be big. Not Jupiter or Australia big, maybe just a Pontiac minivan. Now I’m a Chevy mid-sized sedan, hoping to work my way down Alfa Romeo roadster.

I’ve dropped a lot of weight by counting calories, exercising a lot more and complaining about having to count calories and exercise more, but it seems to be working. Or at least it worked up to a point. I have plateaued on weight loss for several months, despite coming in under my daily calorie goal and sweating to the oldies on the exercise bike and elliptical machine.

Commentary: I recently attended a public meeting about a proposed new electric substation in the Talavera community outside of Las Cruces. 

The four-acre project would put 100-foot tall towers and transformers behind a “good looking” 8- foot wall.  It would be brightly illuminated for security reasons at night.  The adjacent residential neighborhoods have no street lights and some locals are amateur astronomers who moved there for the dark night skies. 

“Do you consider the impact on property values?” one woman asked.

NM In Depth

Commentary:  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a report today explaining how Republicans are putting the economy at risk by pursuing an agenda that will feed bubbles, leave consumers and small investors vulnerable to fraud and abuse, and undermine financial stability.


Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

Commentary: On Nov. 30th my fellow DREAMers were in front of Senator Heinrich and Senator Udall’s office, calling on them to publicly reject President Trump’s DHS budget to protect our families, lands, and values and to pass a clean DREAM Act. But that’s not all we’ve done. Earlier in the month, me and fellow DREAMers went to the offices of Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in Washington, DC and urged them to protect undocumented families by rejecting President Trump’s budget for the Department of Homeland Security.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) reacted to the Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of the 2015 Open Internet Order, which enshrined the policy of “net neutrality” into law and prevented large corporate internet service providers from throttling internet speeds, favoring or blocking certain types of online content, or engaging in other types of anti-competitive behavior.

Tax bill will only help CEOs, corporations

Dec 14, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Republicans in the Senate have passed their version of the tax bill and now it must be reconciled with the House bill. I don’t know how they can say with a straight face that these tax cuts for the investor class will help the wage earner. The big winners are shareholders and CEO’s in large corporations.

Commentary:Banning Native American mascots has nothing to do with political correctness; it is about having a correct understanding of politics. For it is never right or Constitutional to treat people as if they are conquered.

REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

Dec 10, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: New Mexico - With a major pipeline disaster in Loving, New Mexico this week, a bill that would have increased safety precautions is pushed into the spotlight.

Doña Ana County Government Facing Another Lawsuit

Dec 10, 2017

Commentary: Imagine you're a young cadet in the Doña Ana Sheriff's Office Academy.   

You're an Army reservist, having made it through basic training. You're being consistently called lazy. You're the only cadet being told to suck your thumb and asked to repeat various tasks after completing them. “Why me?” you wonder.

You are the only black cadet. 

Advice from a Greek sage during Trumpy times

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: “Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012, echoing a pearl of wisdom said to have been uttered 2,600 years ago by the Mytilenaen leader Pittacus. The saying attributed to him by Diogenes Laërtius was, “Office shows the man.”


Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“We are deeply concerned Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski and Governor Susana Martinez are proposing an education budget which suggests a not only a ‘flat’ budget for our local districts, but a decrease of $200 million for New Mexico public schools.

Commentary: On November 16, I spent the better part of the day with Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez, who visited the El Paso/Juarez/southern New Mexico region. In the morning, I was part of a small delegation which had breakfast with Ambassador Gutierrez at the Foxconn plant just across the border from Santa Teresa, New Mexico in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua. After breakfast, we toured the Foxconn facility, which is making Dell computers and HP tablets, followed by an interactive lunch at the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The Longest Yard

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: People in Dona Ana County and around the nation will soon witness a rare and amazing event.

Commentary: Republicans are once again working behind closed doors to negotiate a tax bill they know is bad, and that benefits big corporations and the top 1% at the expense of middle-class families.

Republicans are once again working behind closed doors to negotiate a secret tax bill.

Commentary: SANTA FE – In response to inquiries and concerns from consumers throughout New Mexico, Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza feels it is important to address changes that were enacted by the Legislature that have impacted the Commission’s regulatory oversight of large wireline telephone companies – a change in legislation she strongly opposed.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D)-TX 16

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) sent a letter to Congressional leadership with the backing of 98 additional representatives urging them to work together and responsibly extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Finances inspire ancient innovation

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: Writing is among the great achievements of humanity. It allows literary authors to explore the depth of the human condition, and to affect the emotions of readers never met. But the origins of writing come from the more prosaic area of finance, not the arts.

Bob Wick/BLM

  Commentary: Washington, D.C. — Three days after President Donald Trump 

Don't Trust Politicians With Economic Theory

Dec 3, 2017
Dr. Chris Erickson

Commentary: Economic theory can be like a magical coat of invisibility for politician. A theory that justifies a favored policy can disarm the opposition and allow passage. The problem is that very often these magical theories involve magical thinking with little connection to reality.

Groups Call For Stronger Measures To Conserve Sage-Grouse

Dec 3, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conserving Greater Sage-Grouse requires more habitat protection, not less.

Real Christians Do Not Support Trump

Dec 3, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: The Archbishop of Canterbury was recently asked about Christians-primarily white evangelicals- who support President Trump. "No I do not understand it. I really, genuinely do not understand it," he replied.

Commentary: On November 30th I attended a Meet and Greet in Las Cruces for Peter DeBenedittis, self-described “True Progressive” vying for the nomination as the Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor in the 2018 elections.

Goodman: Let's Grow, Not Reduce, Public Comment

Dec 3, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: County Commission Chair Isabella Solis has suggested diminishing public comment at commission meetings and called for more respect for commissioners. These issues are both topical and interrelated. We citizens are commissioners' “bosses”. Is there irony in advocating respect for bosses but telling yours they take too much time? 

Solis wants to eliminate the general comment period – not public comment on specific agenda items. She reportedly says general public comment takes too much time.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON Today, the Senate approved along party lines a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest and corporations paid for by students and working families. In addition to adding $1.5 trillion to the national deficit, the Senate voted to partially repeal the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which would leave 13 million Americans uninsured and result in drastic spikes in insurance premiums for millions more.

Commentary: Republicans in the Senate are scheduled to vote today on a tax bill designed to benefit the top 1% and corporations, not the middle class. If a tax increase wasn’t enough, families all across the country depend on Medicare, Social Security, education and housing programs – which will see drastic cuts in funding if this tax plan becomes a reality. Despite Republicans’ claiming to be the party of fiscal discipline, their bill would increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Shining Light On Dark Places

Nov 29, 2017

Commentary: The news lately is filled with revelations about bad behavior from some of our nation’s most prominent people. Well-known figures in government, television news and entertainment, the movie industry, the corporate world, the sports world, some religious figures, and others have been publicly identified as engaging in various forms of offensive conduct.

Lujan Grisham Urges FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

Nov 28, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to protect Net Neutrality and reject efforts to roll back rules that ensure the internet remains a free and open marketplace.

peter goodman

Commentary:  When Anita Hill testified in the Clarence Thomas senate hearings that Thomas had sexually harassed her, I was working in a big law firm. Almost all male lawyers thought she was making it up. The secretaries, 98% women, thought she was probably testifying accurately. As did I.


Later three women working there each told me that the same lawyer had sexually harassed her with obscene come-ons obviously aimed not at starting an affair but solely at embarrassing a vulnerable female. That lawyer wasn't amorous. He was a bully.