Local Viewpoints

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  Commentary; New Mexico is facing a budget crisis of historic proportions, one that must be dealt with now, not later.  The state budget crisis requires responsible cuts and reliable revenue sources.

For reasons that are difficult to fathom, the Governor and her Republican allies in the House of Representatives have been downplaying the seriousness of the budget crisis.  Both the Governor and the Legislature have an obligation to fix the problem, not to pretend it doesn’t exist.

Now is the time for democrats and republicans to come together to solve this problem.

Martinez Appoints Butch Tongate as Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Department

Sep 12, 2016

 Commentary: Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced her appointment of Butch Tongate as Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department. Tongate has served as deputy secretary of the Environment Department since 2011. Prior to that, he served with the Environment Department for 23 years in various roles, including Solid Waste Bureau chief and Environmental Protection Division director.

  Commentary: The recent op-ed defending the County's $201,000 settlement with Detention Center Director Chris Barela was sincere and made some valid points. The County Commission genuinely feels it dodged an expensive bullet by settling with Barela. 

But questions remain.

Clergy to Lead Moral Monday “Day of Action” in Santa Fe and Other Capitols

Sep 9, 2016 Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Commentary: On Monday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m., clergy from across New Mexico will lead a “Higher Ground Moral Day of Action” outside of the state capitol in Santa Fe joining with clergy in over 25 other states across the country. This nationwide action is coordinated by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina with Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., senior minister emeritus of the historic Riverside Church, Rev. Dr.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary:  With just weeks to go until Election Day, voters have been frustrated with Donald Trump’s failure to provide detailed plans on major issues such as education, the economy and foreign policy. Trump visited a for-profit charter school in Cleveland to talk education.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Letter to Speaker Ryan Asking for Flint Funding

Sep 9, 2016

Commentary:  The co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) led CPC Executive Leadership in sending the following letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, urging him to include funding to support the residents of Flint, Michigan in any omnibus spending bill or continuing resolution before the end of the Fiscal Year.

New Interactive Map Shows TPP Would Expand Power to Attack Texas and Federal Laws

Sep 9, 2016


Jordan: Show Me The Fat In New Mexico's Budget

Sep 9, 2016

Commentary: State government has a very important job to do. It ensures that all children receive an education that will prepare them to be productive adults. It works to keep our streets safe and our infrastructure in good repair. It must respond to public health threats and keep an eye to future needs. When state government does its job well, it enables and strengthens the state’s economic growth and helps its people thrive.

Emergency Protections Sought for Imperiled Lesser Prairie Chicken

Sep 8, 2016


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

Commentary:  BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas— In accordance with a landmark agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity that requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make protection decisions for 757 species, the agency today proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the Guadalupe fescue. The agency also proposed protection of 7,815 acres of critical habitat for the fescue in Big Bend National Park.

Democrats Remember Dan Sosa, Jr.

Sep 7, 2016

Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement in memory of Dan Sosa Jr., former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice and Democratic candidate for Congress. "Dan Sosa Jr. was a true public servant. His story should compel everyone to stand up for those that don't have a voice, break through barriers so others can succeed, and fight for equality. Justice Sosa contributed so much to New Mexico and is an inspiration to the Hispanic community across the state," said Juan Sanchez III, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Senator Rodríguez to receive MALDEF's highest honor

Sep 7, 2016
State Senator José Rodríguez

  Commentary:  El Paso - Texas State Sen. José Rodríguez will receive the Valerie Kantor Award for Extraordinary Achievement at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)'s annual gala in San Antonio this Friday.

Seeing two faces in an act of protest

Sep 6, 2016

  Commentary:  At some time or other, you have probably seen the famous optical illusion created by a cartoonist in 1915. Some people see a young woman turning away from the viewer, and others see the face of an elderly woman. Some can see it both ways: how the line describing a chin can also look like a nose, a collar that may also resemble a mouth. Others can only see one version, try as they might to see both faces.


sharon thomas / city of las cruces photo

  Commentary:  The county Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Commission has now reduced the minimum lot size for subdividing in the R zone from ten acres to two acres. That reduction cleared up one of the major issues being discussed in relation to the Unified Development Code (UDC) currently under consideration by the P&Z.

Labor Day Message: When Unions Are Strong, America Is Strong

Sep 5, 2016

  Commentary: Today is Labor Day—and there’s a good reason it’s a national holiday. By organizing together and fighting collectively, workers have been able to better their lives and the lives of their families. So rather than think about Labor Day as the last gasp of summer or bemoan the loss of union clout, let’s redouble our efforts to recreate an enduring middle class.

  Commentary:  I wandered into Tuesday's county commission work session to learn the status of the detention center citizens' advisory committee, but they were still talking about reorganizing the fire department.

Fire/Emergency Chief Eric Crespin was defending his plan to centralize operations. I suspected it wasn't a popular plan with the sixteen fire chiefs, for reasons that might range from highly sensible to somewhat selfish. 

former ​New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn

  Commentary:  In response to former New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn moving to work at the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the lobbying arm of the oil and gas industry in our state, CVNM Political & Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement:

Sunspot Solar Gives Back To The Community

Sep 2, 2016
Ray Torres of Sunspot


   Commentary:  LAS CRUCES, NM — As the area’s only locally owned and operated solar provider, Sunspot Solar Energy has a commitment to give back to the community. Local owners Janet and Mellow Honek work with their crew to identify local organizations that need volunteer manpower for projects, and lend a hand whenever possible. In the past six weeks, Sunspot employees have provided help for La Casa, Inc., Diersen Charities, Inc., and the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

Conservation Voters New Mexico Makes Endorsements

Sep 1, 2016


  Commentary: Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund (CVNMAF), continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work to protect New Mexico’s families and communities. CVNMAF has endorsed candidates for state House of Representatives, state Senate, ​Secretary of State, and Grant County Commission​ for the Nov. 8, 2016 general election.

Study Debunks Theory That Killing Predators Reduces Livestock Losses

Sep 1, 2016

Commentary: MALDEF supports the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulation on school funding, released yesterday.


  Commentary: In 2015, New Mexico outlawed civil forfeiture, the controversial law enforcement practice of seizing and selling property without charging an individual with a crime, let alone convicting them of one. Despite that groundbreaking legislation, Albuquerque law enforcement officials continue to flagrantly disregard the law, and seize and sell hundreds of cars each year.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Urge Air Force to Relocate F-16 Squadrons to Holloman

Aug 31, 2016

  Commentary:  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced a joint effort to urge the U.S. Air Force to relocate operational F-16 squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base and expand Holloman's mission to include new F-16 formal training units. The Air Force needs to move F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah, which soon will house new F-35s. 

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo


  Commentary:  Earlier today  the U.S. Department of Education released its regulations on the Every Student Succeeds Act.


The following can be attributed to National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García. 


“Innovation. Opportunity. Collaboration. These were our hopes for the Every Student Achieves Act.. But the regulations released today by the Department of Education fall short, and we can not short change our nation’s students.

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

“We congratulate the staff members of Highlands University who took a stand for greater workplace rights, increased voice in decision making, and better job security.

“With today’s labor board certification completed, this unit is the second new unit established this year, joining the growing New Mexico Highlands University Faculty and Staff Association.

Commentary: New Mexico was still spending less per-student on K-12 public education in 2015 than it did before the recession when funding is adjusted for inflation. In the two years since then, funding increases—which amounted to less than 1 percent a year—have still been too low to keep pace with inflation and student population growth.

Commentary: Today, Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a powerful new TV ad to combat drunk driving. The ad – which can be viewed here – centers around a terrified girl whose intoxicated father is behind the wheel of their family vehicle, swerving in and out of lanes and putting lives in danger.

  Commentary:  To be safe, healthy, and financially secure is something we all want for ourselves, our children and our families. New Mexico can be a place where communities are safe, people are healthy and thriving, and everyone has the opportunity to build a secure future.

Pearce Issues Statement On Support Of Solar Energy Legislation

Aug 30, 2016
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 Commentary:  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement regarding the work done this Congress supporting solar energy: