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  • And Then There Are the Rest of Us

    By Flora Lucero How can you be so obtuse?–Andy Dufresne, “The Shawshank Redemption” Over the last four years we have watched Donald Trump’s corrupt nature competing for center stage with willful ignorance and flagrant disregard for the highest public office in the United States of America. Today our nation faces historical challenges, yet we lack leadership at a national level that mobilizes...
  • Science Meets Magical Thinking

    By Tricia Holser Test your global warming knowledge: according to reputable scientists, climate change has caused:    Lengthening of the U.S. wildfire season (now three and a half months longer than several decades ago)   Clouds of Saharan dust drifting across the Atlantic and blanketing many states in the south   Swarms of locusts invading India   A record high temperature of 100.4 degrees in the Arctic Circle   All of...
  • In the Spirit of Independence Day, July 4th: A Brief History of the Pledge of Allegiance

    By Larry German Most historians believe that, in 1954, when “under God” was inserted, the Pledge of Allegiance became, for better or for worse, “both a  patriotic oath and a public prayer.”  President Eisenhower, it was said, reluctantly authorized the change in response to a nationwide campaign led by the Knights of Columbus and privately encouraged by the Reverend Billy Graham,...
  • Melanie Stansbury on the Special Session

    By Lance Chilton The Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature was special in many respects, chief among them the fall in state revenue that legislators had to deal with and the pandemic-induced distancing of legislators from one another and from their constituents and from lobbyists and other experts. I spoke with Melanie Stansbury, state representative from House District 28 in...
  • Senator Fred Harris on Politics, Part 2

    Part 2: A Forward Look By Lance Chilton Corrales resident Fred Harris has been optimistic about the United States throughout his 64-year career in American politics, which continues as he runs a congressional internship in political affairs for University of New Mexico students. This is not blind optimism; Mr. Harris, who was a Democratic Senator from Oklahoma from 1964 to 1972 and a...
  • After Listening to an Interview with Mona Boyd: Considerations

    By Liz Copeland This Juneteenth I heard an interview on international public radio with Mona Boyd, an African American who has thought broadly and deeply about civil rights in the USA. She moved to Ghana thirty years ago, and that has deeply affected her understanding of human rights. While some things she mentions – Juneteenth and police brutality – are being broadly...
  • Senator Fred Harris on Politics, Part 1

    Part 1: Fred Harris and the Kerner Commission Are Never Out of Date By Lance Chilton New Mexican Fred Harris was there – has been there at many of the most important events of the past 70 years.  Senator Harris (he was a Democratic US Senator from Oklahoma from 1956 to 1972, when he made his first of two runs for president)...
  • Progress Towards Equality

    By: Manny Crespin, 1st Vice Chair, DPBC On June 28, 1969, in Manhattan, New York, LGBTQ+ allies stood strong against police brutality and protested for some of their most basic human rights. Members of the New York LGBTQ+ community and people of the Greenwich Village Neighborhood rioted in response to several violent police raids of the Stonewall Inn and other LGBTQ+...