Local Viewpoints

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Don't Just Save DACA, End Mass Deportation

Sep 5, 2017
David Baake

Commentary: This morning, President Trump announced that he was rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), an Obama-era policy benefiting certain undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children.  Under DACA, these individuals were protected from deportation and eligible for work authorization if they had lived in the United States for at least five years, refrained from serious criminal activity, and either completed high school or served in the military.  Some 800,000 young men and women (commonly referred to as “Dreamers”) benefitted from this p

Heroes at 97 - Marthe Cohn and J Paul Taylor

Sep 3, 2017
J. Paul Taylor

Commentary: On the 97th Anniversary of women's suffrage in the U.S., two 97-year-olds, speaking on consecutive nights, reminded us – more with their lives than their words – of the importance of standing up against intolerance and hatred.

Sunday, lifelong resident J. Paul Taylor spoke. He embodies ethnic mixing: his Scotch-Irish father and Mexican mother raised a fine young man who taught generations of kids. Then, at 66, he started a nearly two-decade career as the Conscience of the Legislature. He's always stood up for tolerance, equality, and freedom. He still does.

Democratic Party of New Mexico

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM – Ahead of an announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from the Trump administration , Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) stood side-by-side with DACA recipients with United We Dream Action at a press conference emphasizing the importance the program to build strong families and communities.

DACA protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children from deportation and allows them to work in the United States.

What is leadership when it comes to Gila diversion?

Sep 1, 2017

Commentary: What is leadership in a society that elects leaders and expects them to be accountable to the public?


Commentary: Before the 53rd Legislative Session started, I perused reports and analyses of state agencies put out by the Legislative Finance Committee.  I was most interested in the Spaceport.  Spaceport platitudinarians wish I, and any other critics, would quit looking, digging and sharing with our fellow tax payers.  Spaceport has gotten so bad about hiding damning information, and restricting transparency, they adopted burdensome Inspection of Public Records Act rules which have numerous times been struck down by the Attorney General’s Office.  Make you wonder what they have to hide?  S

Trump Administration’s Sabotage of Affordable Care Act Continues

Aug 31, 2017

  Commentary: Washington D.C - With the release of a 

  Commentary: A federal district judge in San Antonio ruled to enjoin the majority of the anti-immigrant and discriminatory law, SB4, that targets communities of color across the state.

Social Security Works…Let’s Make it Stronger

Aug 31, 2017

Commentary: On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.  Today, some 82 years later, the program is strong—and its protections more important than ever.

By any measure, social security has been a resounding success.  Prior to its enactment, 50% of Americans above the age of 65 were poor.  That number has dropped to 9.5%, thanks to social security.  The program also provides critical support to widows and widowers, as well as working-age individuals who suffer from serious disabilities. 

Arpaio Pardon is Unwise and May Be Unlawful

Aug 29, 2017
David Baake


Commentary: On Friday night, while the nation’s attention was focused on the impending arrival of Hurricane Harvey, President Trump unleashed a storm of his own by announcing that he had pardoned Joe Arpaio, the infamous former sheriff of Maricopa County.  The announcement, though hardly unexpected, was met with outrage and alarm. 

Examining Trade Policy And China

Aug 28, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: On August 15, China lobbed a warning shot at the U.S., after the Trump administration indicated the desire for an investigation into China’s technology practices. The U.S. is accusing China of violating global rules by forcing foreign companies operating in that country to transfer technology to local partners. China requires foreign companies to work with local firms in strategic alliances or joint ventures. Many U.S. businesspeople have accused China of dangling access to markets in exchange for technology, and are in favor of the latest move by Washington, D.C.

"We The People" Must Write The Next Chapter

Aug 28, 2017

Commentary: Whether it’s a movie, TV show or a good book, stories are supposed to have at least one character you can identify with and root for. Stories should have plenty of happy moments. And the story is supposed to lead to a satisfying conclusion. The collective story being written in America in 2017 is a bad one because it lacks all of these fundamental narrative elements.

Ode to the Republic

Aug 28, 2017


It burst from people's mouths


polluting the air

with words that would

roam the earth forever

It ran amuck in the forest

consorted with poisonous plants

twisted vines into nightmares

trampled the flowers

that bent to the sun

It seeped from the sewers

swam past debris

rank with its own stench

It knew it's time would come

always primed

to harvest the hate

that lay dormant

in people's hearts

The “mask of civility”

Commentary: We waste time with two-way arguments and violence about keeping confederate memorials and Lee’s battle flag alive - or not.  Why?  Some say it’s American - or racist history, etc, on and on from both sides.  Even if some sort of compromiser was possible, this is a 2017 political mess.  

NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Commentary: Sometimes we change our minds about people; or the people change. Or both.

I knew Garrey Carruthers slightly in the 1970's. He was a business professor and chaired the State Republican Party. I was an antiwar rabble-rouser, then a reporter. We didn't particularly hit it off. 

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Needs to Remain As Is

Aug 26, 2017
Courtesy: NMFO

  Commentary: One of the more unsettling policy changes that President Trump has envisioned for America involves the way we protect our most cherished public lands. The president has precipitated a national debate over the use of the Antiquities Act to designate national monuments, a law initiated by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 to give presidents the ability to bypass a stalling Congress and protect special geological, cultural, and historical sites more swiftly, if needed.

Zinke Praised for Recommendation on National Monuments

Aug 25, 2017
Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke


Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON —NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration is considering breaking apart immigrant families by eliminating protections extended under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established by the Obama administration:

Private prison industry is a snake in our bosom

Aug 24, 2017

Commentary: Snakes often get a bad rap and I don’t wish to defame them further. They are splendid creatures and beneficial neighbors, but Aesop did not boost their fearful reputation with his fable about the farmer and the viper. The story goes that a farmer finds a snake dying from cold and wraps the snake up in his jacket to warm him. As the snake revives, he promptly bites his host. The farmer dies saying, “It was my own fault, trusting a scoundrel.”

New Mexicans condemn Secretary Zinke's assault on our national monuments

Aug 24, 2017
mike groves

Commentary: Las Cruces and Taos, New Mexico – New Mexicans of all walks of life, including local elected officials, veterans, sportsmen, small business owners, Hispanics and Tribal leaders, are expressing outrage at Secretary Zinke’s recommendation that the federal government remove protections for some national monuments. This recommendation comes from the review Zinke conducted this summer as a follow-up to an Executive Order issued by President Trump this past April.

ASNMSU President Kevin Prieto and Vice President Emerson Morrow

Commentary: Associated Students of New Mexico State University President Kevin Prieto and Vice President Emerson Morrow issued the following statement regarding Chancellor Carruthers' retirement:


Pearce Must Distance Himself from Trump

Aug 24, 2017

Commentary: If Congressman Steve Pearce is not a white supremacist, then he must publicly distance himself from the president. It’s time for him to put country before political party.

Democrats: Pearce Doesn’t Want to Play by the Rules

Aug 24, 2017

Commentary:  Republican candidate for governor, Steve Pearce, is asking for special treatment instead of playing by the rules. Pearce, in an effort to circumvent campaign finance rules, has asked to use dollars intended for a congressional race to run for governor blatantly misusing the trust of New Mexicans.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Recently, the Pearce campaign filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver asking a federal court to order her to refrain from prohibiting a transfer of federal campaign funds to a state account.  Last Thursday, the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office 

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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


“New Mexico Public Education Department annual school letter grades have been released for each of our public schools throughout the State, however, this action fails to capture the unique needs of the students we serve and the communities in which they live.


Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

 Commentary: Las Cruces, NM – Local members of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) attended today’s public meeting with gubernatorial candidate Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham at Milagro Coffee in order to express their gratitude for her opposition to President Trump’s Executive Order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. Rep. Lujan Grisham is a co-sponsor of H.R.1503, which would rescind the ban.

Republicans Turn To Tax Cuts

Aug 20, 2017

Commentary: Trump and Republicans want to turn away from the Charlottesville moral equivalent argument about Nazis & White Supremacy to tax cuts—not tax reform. Ever since Reagan, the only policy options put forth by Republicans have been tax cuts and deregulation. Starve the Government and everything will be wonderful.  In the 1920’s that led to a great depression, in the 80’s we tripled our national debt, and in 2008 it led to the great recession.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON ― Billed as a ‘free speech’ rally in Boston, thousands of counter-protesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets, causing the planned rally to end early.

Standing Against Oppression Is Not A Partisan Issue

Aug 20, 2017
Copyright 2001, Peter Goodman

Commentary: I think I understand why revulsion at Trump's comments on Charlottesville is so universal.

Trump's “both sides are wrong” response didn't shock or surprise me. Local Republican County Chair Roman Jimenez's vicious writing didn't surprise me. Why would they? 

But Trump is suddenly isolated, deserted by business, the military, and other Republicans. Jimenez has resigned under fire. Republican fire. (donald trump)

Commentary: The Washington Post recently published transcripts it obtained of a telephone conversation that President Donald Trump had with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto after his inauguration in January. The conversation covers trade, illegal drug smuggling, and Trump’s initiative to build a border wall between the two countries. It also reveals some key points about Trump’s view of U.S.-Mexico relations.

A Reality Check On Supporting Nazis

Aug 17, 2017

Commentary: 75 years ago, my father was fighting Nazis in Germany. He and the other members of the Greatest Generation defeated the Nazis then. Who knew that today we would still have to fight those who wave that same flag?

Then, the general who lead the fight against the Nazis went on to become President of the United States as a member of the Republican Party. Today, the man who won the last election for President claims to be a member of that same party and yet defends Nazis.