Local Viewpoints

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Demanding Punishments and Strengthening Communities

Nov 22, 2017

Commentary:  As crime rates rise, one may surmise that criminals control our largest city.  The last few elections have shown that the people of New Mexico are weary of anticipating their turn to be a victim.  They are ready for criminal justice reform.  Earlier this month, Albuquerque indicated by a wide margin in the mayoral race that the city is ready to embrace change and proven practices.  Last November, voters statewide decided to amend the Constitution of New Mexico's section on bail to protect the indigent and detain dangerous criminals.

Trump's "America First" Message In Asia

Nov 21, 2017

Commentary: President Donald Trump recently completed a 12-day, five-nation tour of Asia, his first trip to the region as president. During this whirlwind tour, in which he visited Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, I read as many reports as possible detailing his trip and his interactions with Asian counterparts, but two things struck me:  his visit to China, and his speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, held in Danang, Vietnam. 

  Commentary: Last week, “Antsy in the Agora” wondered if politicians were out to get her. We got as far as stating that politicians are a mix of self-dealing scoundrels and sincere public servants, and much of our media focuses on personalities while ignoring ideology. In particular, we need to address the ideology that has come to be called neoliberalism, but first we need to do some review.

Let's Work To Increase Voter Registration And Turnout

Nov 20, 2017

Commentary: People want to vote, but they are having a hard time doing it. As I engage with people who are not voting in local elections, the most common response is frustration trying to navigate the system.

If we care about people and their right to determine their own quality of life, then it is up to all of us to do something to give those being left out a better opportunity to participate in democracy.

Duty To Country: A Fading Concept

Nov 20, 2017

Commentary: America… a great and triumphant experiment has borne power and innovation beyond the pale of conservative philosophers and thinkers of previous ages. The culture of American Exceptionalism, furtively envied by our counterparts the world over, is possible due to persistent and unwavering freedom. The freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness resonates deep within the fiber of our being because we live it on a daily basis, some of us without even knowing it.

Goodman: A Look Back A Year After The 2016 Election

Nov 19, 2017

Commentary: After a full year, it seems fair to say that Donald Trump has been even worse than we expected.

It's not just the special counsel investigation, abandoning the Paris Accord on climate, and his ludicrous effort to resuscitate the coal industry. Nor is it the deep harm he's doing our judiciary, our environment, and consumer protection.

Drain The Swamp: Eliminate The Corporate Income Tax

Nov 17, 2017

Commentary: The recently announced Republican sponsored tax plan calls for reducing corporate income tax rate from 39% to 20%. This rate cut is the single most costly provision of the tax proposal, and for this reason, has become a lightning rod for critics of the tax proposal. But while many are critical of the provision as being too generous to corporations, I argue that it doesn’t go far enough. We should repeal the corporate income tax outright. Just get rid of it.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a multi-trillion dollar tax plan that funds tax breaks for the wealthiest and corporations on the backs of students and working families. The bill, championed by Republican leaders, eliminates a popular tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250. The bill also expands a tax loophole for the wealthiest to pay for private school expenses while cutting tax deductions for the middle class.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, D.C.  Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rául M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement in response to passage of the House Republican tax plan that deeply benefits the wealthy and corporations while raising taxes on millions of working class Americans.

Former DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: New Mexico - Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico slammed Congressman Steve Pearce for his support of the GOP tax scam that would give his well-connected friends a tax break while forcing New Mexicans to foot the bill. Pearce, who is also running for the Republican nomination for governor, voted for HR 1 a bill that would give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking important benefits away from everyday New Mexicans.

Commentary: Washington, D.C. — Over the last month, in mobilizing against Republicans’ disastrous tax plan, the 

Pearce Applauds House Passage Of GOP Tax Bill

Nov 16, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act:

“The current 70,000-page tax code is outdated and too complicated. It simply doesn’t work for New Mexican and American families. Passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act provides relief for lower- and middle-income families and creates more, better paying jobs.

Lujan Grisham Votes Against GOP Tax Package

Nov 16, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham voted against the GOP tax package that would reduce investment and long-term economic growth in New Mexico as well as increase taxes on working families.

Commentary: Washington, D.C. — As the House prepares to vote on massive tax cuts for the top one percent on the backs of working families, hundreds of activists and advocates 

Pearce: U.S. Chamber Supports House GOP Tax Bill

Nov 15, 2017

Commentary: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a breakdown of the overall impact that H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, will have on the nation, New Mexico, and New Mexico’s 2ndCongressional District.

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a growth bill – achieving faster economic growth, encouraging job creation, and getting more money in Americans’ pockets each year.” –U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: With Congressman Pearce running for Governor of New Mexico, our eyes will be on him as he votes on the proposed tax overhaul bill. As a staunch conservative he has continually spoken out against raising the deficit, but by all accounts we know this new tax bill will do just that. likely, by Trillions. Unfortunately, America will not be “Made Great Again” by cutting taxes even further on the Billionaires who haven’t been paying their fair share.

Commentary: The latest edition of the Senate Republican tax plan released late last night would raise health care insurance premiums on middle-class families, while also raising their taxes, and would leave millions more without health insurance – all in the interest of making tax cuts for wealthy corporations permanent.

The Republican tax plan would repeal the individual mandate, which 16 patient andconsumer groups called “a step backwards for individuals and families.”

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a 

Commentary: Dear Sage: Am I crazy for thinking that my elected representatives want to kill me lately? -Antsy in the Agora.

FCC's FOIA Obligations in the Net Neutrality Proceeding

Nov 14, 2017

Commentary:  Today, the National Hispanic Media Coalition filed an 

  Commentary: Washington, DC – In the 

Goodman: A Big Election For Las Cruces And The Nation

Nov 12, 2017

Commentary: Tuesday was eventful for local governments here.

The Doña Ana County Commission announced a four-year contract with Fernando Macias to be the new county manager.

Then moderate to progressive candidates swept the city elections.

Commentary: Dona Ana County Government will soon be welcoming a new County Manager. District Judge Fernando Macias will bring previous experience of serving in this position in the late 1990s when he begins anew at the County in 2018.

Commentary: New Mexico spends plenty on public schools but the results have been abysmal. Now a new study by Think New Mexico—my favorite public policy think-tank—proposes a solution that may improve public education at little or no cost to the taxpayer.

New Mexico isn’t getting Amazon, but we can make our state more attractive for new businesses

Nov 9, 2017
Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

Commentary: The global ecommerce giant’s search for a second headquarters has the economic development profession in a tizzy. The fact that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was born in Albuquerque has further driven hopes up among many New Mexicans that somehow, some way, The Land of Enchantment will be picked. In fact, three separate proposals (Albuquerque, Borderplex Alliance, and Santa Theresa) were sent to the company from New Mexico.

Don’t count on New Mexico being chosen or even among the finalists.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: Washington—As part of its $5 trillion tax plan giveaway to the wealthiest and corporations, the U.S. House Republican leadership bill eliminates most of the state and local tax deduction (SALT). Its elimination could blow a hole in state and local revenue to support public education and put nearly 250,000 education jobs at risk according to a detailed analysis of the impact of House Tax Bill (HR 1) on funding for public education conducted by the National Education Association.

  Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. - Today, 30 fearless young  immigrant leaders from the NM Dream Team are participating in a nationwide action to demand Congress pass a clean Dream Act by December.  

Group Tell FCC Not To Change "Lifeline" Program

Nov 9, 2017

Commentary: Today, a diverse group of civil rights, racial justice, media, technology, library, arts, labor, Tribal Nations and consumer advocates, wrote a 

Visiting German Journalists Learn About The Border

Nov 7, 2017

Commentary: As a young international trade specialist working for the New Mexico Economic Development Department in the early 1990s, my boss sent me to Portland, Oregon for a week. My objective was to study Oregon’s trade assistance sector and to ascertain what New Mexico could learn from it. At that time, Oregon was considered innovative in its approach by locating local, state, and federal officials all under one roof in Portland’s World Trade Center, located on the banks of the Willamette River, thus fostering greater cooperation and productivity. 

Goodman: Outrageous "Fake News" In Las Cruces

Nov 5, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: For a great example of “fake news” just read this sentence from an op-ed column in Thursday's Sun-News: “This traitorous deal was facilitated by the head of the FBI at the time — none other than Robert Mueller. ” The “deal” was Russian acquisition of a Canadian company that controlled a lot of uranium. The writer offered no supporting facts.


For “false advertising,” watch city council candidate Steve Montañez's video designed to mislead voters into thinking actor and environmentalist Morgan Freeman endorsed him.