Local Viewpoints

KRWG welcomes you to join our community discussion.  E-mail your comments to:  feedback @  Comments included here represent the views of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent the views of KRWG or New Mexico State University.

Commentary: The National Dems recently announced "a better deal.”  How is it better?    I and many friends are confused.     Does Senator Shumer and other party “leaders” have a clue about real change, spin not withstanding?   Is single payer the latest addition? 

The better way:

-      Jobs, jobs, jobs.  Nothing new here and FDR said it better

-      Fixing the economy?  whether you agree or not,  Walter Lippmann and Max Eastman among others said it much

   better before 1920, the beginning of the  lead up to 1929.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“The approval of New Mexico’s state educational plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is incredibly disheartening news for public educators across our state, and will impact our students on a deep level in their schools and communities.


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

  Commentary: Washington, DC -- Today marks the final day of the comment period on Scott Pruitt’s plan to delay implementation of key safeguards limiting methane pollution from new oil and gas operations. The agency itself has acknowledged the public health threat this delay poses, particularly to children. But at the request of the oil and gas industry, Pruitt has moved to stay enforcement of this critical rule by two years.


Commentary: LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – This month, the Step Up Steve campaign hosted a press conference at Albert Johnson Park, displaying replicas of billboard ads that are currently up across southern New Mexico, drawing attention to how Congressman Steve Pearce’s voting record is out of touch with the positions of most southern New Mexicans on public la

Mimi Stewart – New Mexico’s Most Effective Legislator

Aug 8, 2017
Senator Mimi Stewart (D-17-Bernalillo)

  Commentary: Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque recently was named New Mexico’s single most effective legislator — indeed, one of the most effective lawmakers in any state — by FiscalNote.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima-City of Las Cruces photo

Commentary: Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today reaffirmed the City’s commitment to proactively reduce the community’s carbon footprint after the Trump Administration late last week filed formal notice that the U.S. intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a lengthy process that ends at the earliest on Nov. 4, 2020.


Reinventing Fire: A World without Fossil Fuel

Aug 6, 2017
Richard Kadzis

Commentary:  One 'Holy Grail' of carbonless, cost-effective alternative energy is advanced battery power storage. When battery technology goes main stream, the return-on-investment (ROI) will be robust and swift.

Tesla, the high-tech car maker, is out front, according to a recent analysis. Considering how Tesla has mastered the gasoline-free automobile, it’s not as shocking as it is reassuring a report to ponder.

Amidst Crime Crisis, Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Dan Lewis Hosts 'Shoot Out'

Aug 6, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

  Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - In a shocking lack of sensitivity for Albuquerque’s crime crisis, Albuquerque mayoral candidate Dan Lewis announced he will be hosting a “shoot out” this month. 

peter goodman

  Commentary: If no one hires Colin Kaepernick, I won't watch professional football this year.

Some readers are now angry at me. Many others may wonder what a Kaepernick is.

Colin Kaepernick is a quarterback. He did some marvelous things as a San Francisco 49er. Then the team committed suicide by getting rid of a great coach, Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick got injured. He recovered and played fairly well on a terrible team. No one knows whether, on a decent team, he could now revive the greatness he showed during the 'Niners' Super Bowl season.

SB4 Is Already Damaging Public Safety in Texas

Aug 4, 2017

Commentary: Austin, TX  – Texas’ racially discriminatory law, SB4, is set to be implemented across the state on September 1, but in pieces from The Intercept and the 

Outrage Over El Paso Electric Solar Rate Proposal

Aug 4, 2017

Commentary: Austin - Sen. José Rodríguez wrote a letter to El Paso City Council urging them to oppose El Paso Electric Company's proposed pricing scheme for solar customers. EPE proposes to charge more to customers who seek to conserve power and lower costs; this is bad for El Paso and could set a dangerous precedent for other communities across Texas.

Why Is New Mexico Suing EPA Over Ozone Pollution?

Aug 3, 2017

  Commentary: Love the Trump administration, hate the Trump administration, or simply watch the whole spectacle in utter bewilderment, the 45th chief executive did one unquestionably valuable thing for the cause of liberty, opportunity, and prosperity: He picked Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (r)

  Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, in an attempt to bully localities into enrolling in Trump’s deportation machine, U.S.

NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Today, I am announcing that I plan to retire as New Mexico State University Chancellor on July 1, 2018, at the end of my contract period.

I have tremendously enjoyed my time here at NMSU, as a student, professor, dean and for the past four years serving as chancellor and president of this great university. I’m enthusiastically looking forward to what we can accomplish in the next 11 months.

Time for the U.S. to get out of Yemen and address war crimes

Aug 3, 2017

Commentary:  “It was like something out of Judgment Day.” A resident of Mokha, speaking to Amnesty International, described an air strike that killed scores of civilians. “Corpses and heads scattered, engulfed by fire and ashes.” (donald trump)

Commentary: In a July 17 press release, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the first rounds for the renegotiation of the twenty-three-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place in Washington, D.C., from August 16 to 20, 2017. According to the communiqué, “John Melle, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, will serve as Chief Negotiator for the NAFTA negotiations. In his role as Chief Negotiator, Melle will be responsible for the day-to-day negotiations at the staff level.”

The World’s Greatest Thief

Aug 2, 2017

Commentary: There is a thief that comes into everyone’s bedroom every evening. He never misses a single night. He comes into your room at the end of each and every day. You don’t notice him because he slips in so quietly and never makes a sound as he does his work. When you wake up the next morning, you hardly even notice that anything valuable is gone. But something was taken, something precious. He’s taken something from you that you cannot buy and something you can’t put a price on. After a while, some of us begin to notice him. We desperately want to guard against his thieving ways.

Republicans Respond To Column On Rep. Steve Pearce's Vote For GOP Health Bill

Aug 1, 2017

Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico is intentionally misinforming New Mexicans by distorting the truth about Congressman Steve Pearce’s support for Medicaid funding and healthcare for the most vulnerable.

peter goodman

  Commentary: As I start toward town for my first show on the new “Que Tál” community radio station, a healthy young coyote trots across Soledad Canyon Road just in front of me. Good sign! We don't see 'em so often lately.

I'm well-rested. Several shots of mescal at bed-time helped.

Memo to Steve Pearce: New Mexicans Will Not Forget Your Vote on Health Care

Jul 29, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: Despite the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, New Mexicans will never forget that Congressman Steve Pearce voted to take health care away from thousands of his own constituents.

Las Cruces Viewpoint: Building Walls Damages Our Community And Our Country

Jul 29, 2017

A campaign promise was made, and this week a military spending quietly included $1,570,000,000 for that promise, a border wall between the United States and Mexico.  

American taxpayers were further promised, as a package deal, that Mexico would pay for it.  This double promise seemed intended to make the wall more palatable because, no matter how impractical it was, it wouldn't cost us anything.

  Commentary: The U.S. Senate failed to pass a final version of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 49-51. Three Republicans joined 48 Democrats to sink the proposal. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against the measure. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) voted against all three iterations of Trumpcare that were considered in the Senate.

Zen Khan

Commentary: Coming from the mountaineering state of New York, I never in my wildest dreams considered that my life trajectory would provide for me the opportunity to live amongst the beauty in New Mexico.

My name is Zen Khan and I am currently pursuing my degree in doctor of osteopathy at the Burrell College of Medicine (BCOM) at New Mexico State University. I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I remember — the only other strong passion in my life has been the outdoors. My love for the outdoors began in the Catskills Mountains, where I learned to hike and climb.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military and reports indicating that the Department of Justice’s plans to file a brief rejecting LGBT protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Immigration Is No Simple Process

Jul 27, 2017

Commentary: When you spend time with any of the media you’ll no doubt see or hear something about immigrants. One of the comments I encounter most often is “why didn’t they get their papers…why didn’t they come legally, …my grandparents came legally, why can’t they”?

Las Cruces: Citizen Survey Results Support New Strategic Plan

Jul 26, 2017

  Commentary: The latest National Citizen Survey conducted by the City of Las Cruces shows that nearly three-quarters of Las Crucens surveyed positively rated their overall quality of life. The same number favorably rated their neighborhood as a place to live, while about 6 in 10 were pleased with the overall image and appearance of the City. About 8 in 10 residents indicated that they planned to remain in the Las Cruces for the next five years and would recommend living in Las Cruces to someone who asked.

National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle

  Commentary: BALTIMORE— National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle provided the following reaction to 

DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

  Commentary: In the final hours before the U.S. Senate considers the Republican healthcare bill, the Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg released the following statement calling on New Mexicans to urge Republicans to vote no on final passage of the Republican healthcare bill: 

Dog Days in the Land of Enchantment

Jul 25, 2017

Commentary: The Dog Days of Summer are here. This time of year, the sun rides high up in the sky in our hemisphere. Nights get hotter and last longer. We squirm with discomfort from increasing heat and our clothes stick to us when we aren’t spending a small fortune to artificially cool ourselves with electrically processed air. Our pets look lethargic and seek a cool spot to lay on the floor to snooze. We wonder if we should join them.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) respond to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s failure to release 47,000 public complaints that could show the American public's desire to keep the internet open and free. The comment period on a new FCC proposal to undo net neutrality was closed on July 17. National Hispanic Media Coalition had requested the comment deadline be extended until complaints against internet service providers (ISPs) were made public.