Local Viewpoints

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Commentary: Today, we’re in the midst of the longest streak of job growth in U.S. history. The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that in 2015, the typical household saw its income grow by 5.2 percent (about $2,800), the largest one-year increase on record.

Dillard: Time For A Change In Congress

Oct 28, 2016

Commentary: People in both parties as well as independent voters all are frustrated and ready for a change from the obstructionist gridlocked mess in Washington to a Congress that actually does the work to keep the nation running and serving us all.  Merrie Lee Soules presents a well-qualified alternative and a welcome contrast to the six-term incumbent for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following response today to Hillary Clinton’s release of Better than Bullying, a plan to provide $500 million in new funding to states to help children, families and educators confront the challenge of bullying and heal divisions in communities around the nation:

Commentary: While reports over the past several days have warned of steep premium hikes, financial assistance will help tens of thousands of New Mexicans afford quality health insurance through the beWellnm, New Mexico’s health insurance marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report this week showing that unsubsidized premiums would rise about 25% nationally. However, the report also showed that the vast majority of shoppers are receiving financial assistance and will likely see only modest increases and some will experience a decrease in costs.

  Commentary: Thursday October 27, 2016 educators across New Mexico participate in EDUCATORS VOTE EARLY events sponsored by NEA-New Mexico.   Educators are invited to gather in public places to create public awareness of the importance for New Mexico’s public school students of this election.

Commentary:  On Tuesday, both AFT NM/ATF and PED returned to court to address the ongoing legal battle against the PED evaluation system. Our lawyer proposed that we set a court date ASAP. The PED requested a date for next fall citing their busy schedule as the reason. As a result, the court date is now late October 2017.

While we are relieved to have a final court date set, we are dismayed at the amount of time that our teachers have to wait for the final ruling.

Pearce: Americans Cannot Continue to Shoulder Obama’s Failed Healthcare Law

Oct 26, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that many health care premiums will increase by double digits in 2017:

Guns And Politics In New Mexico

Oct 23, 2016

  Commentary: Last Saturday I attended a National Rifle Association breakfast for local Republican legislative candidates.

An NRA lobbyist jetted in to tell a few lies and fire up the troops. The NRA desperately wants Republicans to control our Legislature, and will put up big bucks to keep making big bucks on gun sales.

Trump tax & economic policies are not valid

Oct 19, 2016 (donald trump)

Commentary: Putting Trump's anti-establishment rhetoric and trash talk about women aside, I am more concerned about his proposed tax and economic policies. He wants to follow the same trickle down economic policies that Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush followed—cutting taxes while simultaneously increasing spending. He and House Republicans want to decrease the tax burden for the top 1% (making them 18% richer) and reduce regulations, while expanding infrastructure and military spending.

Hynes: The janitor who inspired me

Oct 18, 2016

Commentary:  Jobe is a church janitor. This is not his real name but he exists. I spoke with him last week. He attended ISPCS and also our SUMMIT on Inclusion. This janitor spent over $1500 to join our community. When people attend ISPCS, we do not ask for their title. When you see a name badge at ISPCS, you see a name, and organization. We also ask attendees to list 3 things for their badge that anyone can talk to them about. I have seen everything from talk to me about the Grateful Dead to talk to me about my dogs. I never looked at what Jobe had on his badge.

Goodman: Thoughts About Our Congressional Election

Oct 16, 2016

Commentary: U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce's extremism is out-of-step with his constituents, while Merrie Lee Soules promises us vigorous, competent, and thoughtful representation in Washington. 

Mr. Pearce consistently lets his ideological views outweigh our interest. He helped shut down the government, costing taxpayers at least $20 million, simply to make a political statement he knew would fail, although Pearce poses as a prudent fiscal conservative. Even most Republicans in Washington can't stomach the nuttiness of Pearce and the “Freedom Caucus.”

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary:  The Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) made the following statement today after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) denounced “liberal progressivism” in a speech to students at the University of Wisconsin.

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  Commentary: Clowns Without Borders USA (CWB-USA) condemns the actions of agents who are impersonating clowns to frighten others and the actions of those who are using distorted clown images to make fictitious threats and incite anxiety. The wave of negative and hurtful sentiments expressed against professional clowns pains our community. "While this phenomenon in the U.S. hasn't affected our international programming, it certainly has affected the climate here at home.

Groups Protest Implementation Of New Mexico Driver's License Law

Oct 14, 2016

Commentary: Statewide civil rights groups, domestic violence and homeless advocates condemn a plan by the Governor's administration to unlawfully implement the state's new two-tiered driver's license law using proposed regulations that would harm New Mexico's most vulnerable residents without public comment, as required by law.

Name Hurricanes After Fossil Fuel Companies

Oct 13, 2016

  Commentary:  We should start naming hurricanes after fossil fuel companies.


Voting for the future of our community

Oct 13, 2016

Commentary: Every two years you can directly impact our communities in a positive way through the passage of bonds for our colleges and universities.  

This election, General Obligation Bond C (GO Bond C) is on the ballot.

  Commentary: Yesterday teachers in rural, Clayton, New Mexico voted yesterday to begin collective bargaining with the Clayton School District, situated near the New Mexico state line with Oklahoma.  The vote establishes NEA-Clayton as the “Exclusive Representative” with NEA-New Mexico helping the Local affiliate with the process.  


Thoughts On The Candidacy Of Donald Trump

Oct 13, 2016 (donald trump)

Is my Memo to Donald Trump, advising him two weeks ago to start talking about policy and to expand his paid TV advertising, now meaningless in the aftermath of the bombshell video leak?

Sure, he said some unadvisable, sexist things a decade ago. He’s done the same as a candidate, which is unfortunate.

Trump remains the free-wheeling tycoon with perhaps still enough appeal as a non-career politician to still be counted in.

To many, especially in the national media, the video clip brings his relevancy, even legitimacy, as a candidate to a screaming halt.

Latest New Mexico film study should not keep program off chopping block

Oct 13, 2016
Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  Commentary: The Rio Grande Foundation has made elimination of New Mexico’s $50 million film subsidy program a cornerstone of its budget-cutting efforts. And a new study (the third) was released by the New Mexico Film Office which purports to study the economic impact of the subsidy program, this time on tourism.

Essential Bail Reform on the November 8 Ballot

Oct 13, 2016

Commentary:  This year, the Legislature unanimously agreed to place on our general election ballot one of the most significant justice reforms in our state’s history.  The question we will vote on is whether to amend antiquated bail provisions of the New Mexico Constitution in order “to protect community safety by granting courts new authority to deny release on bail pending trial for dangerous defendants in felony cases while retaining the right to pretrial release for non-dangerous defendants who do not pose a flight risk.”

Industrial Hemp Research Legislation Needed For Jobs in New Mexico

Oct 11, 2016

  Commentary: Senator Cisco McSorley of Albuquerque issues the following statement on the Need for Gov. Martinez and the NM House of Representatives to Enact Industrial Hemp Research Legislation for Jobs in New Mexico:

Commentary: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement to the media following tonight’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump:

Commentary:  Bennett Hertzler lived in my college dorm freshman year. I didn't know him well. Sweet-natured, gentle guy. In a dorm sweep in the spring of 1965, police found a few marijuana seeds in his desk drawer. He went to jail for years. Miserable experience. He was never the same. Died young.

The War on Drugs grew out of the 1960's.

New Mexico Democrats: Trump's Comments Not Only Vulgar, But Intolerable

Oct 7, 2016
New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico today condemned Donald Trump for his vulgar comments caught on audio recording. In the recording, Donald Trump implies that he deserves special treatment for his “star” status and describes taking advantage of women without consent. (donald trump)

Commentary: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following response upon learning that Donald Trump was caught on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women:

 “Donald Trump couldn’t make it any clearer that he has zero respect for women. His most recent comments only add to the constant barrage of sexist and misogynistic insults that seem to dominate his worldview. The bottom line is that Donald Trump seems to see women in only two ways: as 'fat pigs' or as sex objects. 

Pearce Blasts Paris Climate Deal

Oct 7, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 Commentary: “Once again, President Obama is attempting to implement his extreme agenda by unilaterally bypassing the Constitution by signing a treaty without the consent of the United States Senate. It is clear that appeasing special interest groups is more important to the President than American jobs or economic well-being.


Democrats: Strongly Bipartisan Senate Fixes Budget Crisis For Now

Oct 6, 2016
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee


GOP: Senate Passes Budget Fix Without Raising Taxes

Oct 6, 2016
Senator Stuart Ingle - (R)

Commentary: Senate Republican Leader Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) said the legislature came to the Capitol in a Special Session to fix the state’s budget crisis without raising taxes, and it accomplished that. “We made some adjustments in the current budget and we balanced last year’s fiscal problems without raising taxes. These things needed to get done before the budget problems got any worse,” Senator Ingle said.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: Today, community leaders, parents, students, and educators “walked in” to more than 2,000 schools serving over 1 million students in more than 200 cities as part of the largest coordinated education action in American history.

Democrats: All Potential Revenue Streams Should Be On The Table

Oct 3, 2016
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

Commentary:  Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-12-Bernalillo), sponsor of