I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Running the city like a business in the old sense of the cliche, and in this business climate, would mean running the city like a failed business – cutting jobs, scaling back services, tightening and tightening until nothing’s left, but refusing to change the failed products.
The 2009 mayoral election lets us know that nobody is really steering the boat. And it puts us at peril. We need a visionary politician brave and smart enough to help us think about how we’re going to cope with the realities of the future hard times ahead. Maybe we’ll see one emerge four years from now. I hope it’s not too late.
I remember hearing people saying after President Obama’s election “There is no racism in America anymore.” But as we’ve seen repeatedly since the beginning of the year, and especially last week in the anti-health care march in Washington, the exact opposite is the case.
If the Supreme Court abandons all campaign finance restrictions without requiring that sponsors take credit for the ads, then the often savage recklessness that anonymity breeds among those who comment on the internet will descend upon local, as well as national, politics, and infect it with the brutal drivel that people spew when they are not held accountable for what they say.
When your neighbors are in trouble, chances are you’re in trouble too. Look around southwest and mountain west America. Everywhere you’ll find major cities from Los Angeles to Denver, and Las Vegas to Phoenix worried sick about their water supply – as well they should be.
If loyal members of the NRA carry loaded guns into public political meetings and town halls, should loyal members of the ACLU carry loaded guns to the same gatherings? Would anyone who values their life stay in such a meeting?
I can’t imagine either Jeff Bingaman or Tom Udall ever running successfully in New Mexico again if their base thinks they chickened out. Even the president’s eloquence won’t let him back off from this unscathed.
The odd thing about the news coverage of the future closing of General Electric’s South Valley jet engine plant is that it didn’t mention the ground water Superfund site that GE has been cleaning up for more than a decade there.
Bank, mortgage, and other financial institutions have joined the U.S. Chamber to oppose the Obama Administration’s proposal for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The agency would regulate payday loans, credit card charges, mortgage interest, foreclosures and a host of other practices.
I’m always taken aback when I talk to old friends, many of them scholars, who bemoan the lack of good journalism in our town. They just aren’t looking in the right places, even now after almost a decade of the blogosphere.
What the global warming deniers have done is to create a political dead space, a vacuum in which global warming gases have soared and technology, legislation and capital have lagged sorely behind despite far thinking companies and governments.
At a time of water crises and a growing conflict between urban dwellers and rural farmers, ranchers, and other small businesses who work the land, shouldn’t mayoral candidates in Albuquerque get serious with the voting public, not only alluding to such problems, but offering potential solutions to them?
In this country, there isn’t one group which gets all privileges and other groups who are cheated of their equality and denied their basic rights. And though the founders made mistakes in the Constitution, American principles of equality and fairness have worked to correct those errors so that no caste system, no social hierarchy, no aristocracy exists here.