Local Viewpoints

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Pearce Fights For National Park Service Accountability

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary: The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing today on infrastructure needs and management accountability at the National Park Service (NPS) and Forest Service.

Las Cruces: What is the Real State of the City?

Mar 15, 2017
Richard Kadzis

‘In his annual state of the city address, Mayor Ken Miyagishima reported last month that Las Cruces is in good shape. “The state of the city is strong,” he proclaimed.

His remarks focused mainly on downtown redevelopment, including the brand-new civic plaza on Main Street.

The mayor also cited the conversion of old city hall into space for the federal courts and some downtown redevelopment projects to add more entertainment and restaurants as positive steps.

Commentary: In a recent Sun-News article New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Sandy Jones was quoted as saying that El Paso Electric’s eSmart Thermostat Program “…is an effort to minimize the number of additional plants the utility company has to build and maintain just to turn on for a few peak hours each year.” While eStart is a step in the right direction, it will do little to accomplish that goal in the short term.  It is not designed to reduce peak demand, but rather to determine if some future thermostat control program could reduce peak demand.

  The so-called "sharing economy" is on the rise in New Mexico. AirBNB hosts in our state are up 60% over a year ago, while Uber and Lyft are recruiting drivers and expanding their reach.


Save Democracy

Mar 15, 2017
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

Commentary:  Democracy in America is sinking like the Titanic. There are too many bystanders watching it go down, taking its victims - the voters - with it, and there will only be survivors if we act now with a sense of urgency.  Saving democracy requires reform not another policy. 

Transparency In Government Is More Important Than Ever

Mar 15, 2017
Sarah Gustavus

  Earlier this year, the president of the United States referred to journalists from news organizations such as The New York Times, CNN and NBC News as the “enemy of the American people.” Shortly after that, reporters from those outlets and others were barred from the White House press gaggle.

This Sunshine Week, New Mexico journalists can commiserate with colleagues across the country who are under fire from hostile politicians.

More importantly, we can assure them that there is life outside the news conference.

Trump's Second Travel Ban Still Violates American Principles

Mar 14, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: President Trump and his advisers either purposely or accidentally fail to realize that this country is bound together by the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These principles apply to all people. To be American means that a person is shaped, guided, represented and protected by certain inalienable laws. It has nothing to do with geography, language, race, or religious beliefs.

Celebrating Life And The Arts In Las Cruces

Mar 12, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: Friday evening a week ago, we went to the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble. 

  Commentary: A federal court ruled Friday that the Texas  Legislature’s 2011 redistricting plan for congress discriminated against Latino voters in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“Education policy changes in New Mexico have been highly partisan in recent years, and little common ground has been found, however, House Bill 241 – sponsored by Sen. Craig Brandt, Rep. Jason Harper, and twelve other lawmakers – was a bill that bridged the partisan gap.

ACA Repeal Plan Jeopardizes New Mexicans’ Healthcare, Economic Recovery

Mar 9, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: We call upon our elected leaders to strongly oppose the U.S. House’s reckless legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It would threaten the healthcare system providing coverage to nearly half of all New Mexicans and, which experts agree, has been one of the few bright spots in the state economy.

GOP Health Care Plan is Unworkable

Mar 9, 2017

 Commentary: The GOP's proposed health care overhaul has many problems--lower income people will be priced out of the market, federal funds to states for Medicaid will dry up, preventive care will be too expensive and 20 million people now under Obamacare will eventually lose their insurance.


Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Peace and Security Taskforce Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and CPC Member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) released the following statements today after President Trump deployed an additional 400 troops into Syria without Congressional debate or authorization.

Governor Vetoes Job-Creating Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill

Mar 8, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Governor Susana Martinez (R-NM) has vetoed House Bill 144, which would have opened New Mexico to the job-creating and booming industrial hemp market. Sponsored by Representatives Bealquin “Bill” Gomez (D-La Mesa), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Rick Little (R-Chaparral), HB 144 would have created a regulated hemp market in our state, allowing our farmers to expand into a rapidly expanding $600 million industry.

We Need To Restore Faith In Voters

Mar 8, 2017

Commentary: I support House Bill 174 to consolidate local, non-partisan elections.  I feel strongly that I can contribute to this debate in 2 ways.  First, I am a voter and I want to vote in every election; and second, I work in the Dona Ana County Clerk’s office administering elections.


Commentary: Dear Representative:

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo


  Commentary: WASHINGTON—NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement regarding the Republican leadership plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  


“It’s time for the Republican leadership to come clean with the American people. Repealing the ACA will harm our students and their families by forcing cuts to critical programs, reducing financial support for lower-income Americans, and taxing the middle class. Bottom line, working Americans will pay more for less coverage while insurance executives and the wealthy get handouts. 

Rep. Keith Ellison

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statements today in light of markups beginning in House committees on the GOP’s replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act.

Trump is Magician in Chief

Mar 7, 2017

Commentary: Despite the chaotic appearance of manic, conspiratorial tweets hatched in the middle of the night, the Trump administration has actually been laser focused when it comes to systematically dismantling the institutions which have supported America for the past 240 years.

Rodriguez Blasts Texas SB 6 "Bathroom Bill"

Mar 7, 2017
State Senator José Rodríguez

Commentary: Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 6, which targets vulnerable Texans for discrimination:

S.B. 6 is problematic in a number of ways, from creating legal issues to nullifying local control to targeting, instead of protecting, vulnerable Texans. While it is disturbing that we are being forced to fight what amounts to state-ordered discrimination, we must take this opportunity to educate Texans on the law and on the trans community, which needs our support, not to be vilified or discriminated against.

Pearce On Town Hall: "We Must Work Together"

Mar 5, 2017
Pearce Town Hall in Ruidoso, March 4, 2017

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce yesterday hosted a town hall meeting at the Ruidoso Convention Center. The nearly two hour event covered a wide range of topics from tax reform, Medicaid, and Medicare to public lands management, immigration reform, border security, and education reform. (donald trump)

Commentary: Tuesday's Doña Ana County Commission meeting was startlingly cordial and collegial. 


Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida. Parents, educators and lawmakers held a protest rally with speakers outside the school to shine a light on how voucher schemes fail to give parents any real educational choice and have robbed Florida taxpayers.

Commentary: Following the bipartisan passage of the Floor Substitute for Senate Bill 95 and Senate Bill 131, National Education Association of New Mexico’s Executive Director Charles Bowyer issues the following response:

Commentary: In the 6 decades I’ve been on this planet, American society has become continuously more violent.  Movies, TV shows, video games (more recently).  Mass shootings at churches, temples, mosques, schools.  No one single event triggered all this.  It’s like the expression “death by a thousand cuts”.  No one cut causes death, but lots of little cuts will.

Pearce Praises Trump's Efforts To "Rein In The EPA"

Feb 28, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule that would place small waters and creeks under the control of the federal government.

Commentary:  I’m a political scientist, an advocate, a sister, a wife, a daughter, and a mother. I have a toddler boy and, come next month, I’ll add a little girl to the list of people that call me mama. Like many parents, I believe that raising kind, honest, empathetic, and civic-minded kids is the most important thing I will ever do, and raising kids who believe that everyone—regardless of gender, color or ability—should have respect and opportunity is a very big part of that for me.

President Trump’s $54 Billion Pentagon Grab

Feb 28, 2017

 Commentary: In its opening volley in the federal budget process, the Trump administration has called for a nearly 10 percent boost in military spending, to be funded by cuts to domestic spending and foreign aid. Domestic and foreign aid spending already account for less than half of the federal discretionary budget.

Goodman: County Loses $90,000 In Public Records Case

Feb 26, 2017
peter goodman

 Commentary: Reports of a $90,000 judgment against the County prompt reflections on New Mexico's Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). 

Animal Village NM (AVNM) Executive Director Sunny Aris showed a quiet heroism in persevering when she felt IPRA required the County to let AVNM see certain records. 

AFT New Mexico: Urge Governor To Pass House Budget

Feb 23, 2017
Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“New Mexico lawmakers, under the leadership of Speaker Brian Egolf, Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton, and House Appropriations Chair Patricia Lundstrom, passed a budget which not only increases funding for New Mexico’s public schools and helps protect workers, but also tackled the long overdue issue of closing tax loopholes and finding new ways to raise revenue for our State.