Commentary

Ballroom Blitz: High gloss couldn’t shine up Tomi Lahren’s dim rhetoric at UNM

BY: - September 26, 2022

Alex Jones arguably set the rhetorical standard for Trumpist blowhards: Pontificate from a gut of roiling bile, as if facing off against a snarling mortal enemy. One of my friends onlooking as I watched Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren in an inaccuracy-riddled video she broadcast about her restive guest appearance last week at the University […]

DeSantis’ compassionless conservatism underscores urgency of real immigration reform

BY: - September 22, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to airlift 48 migrants from San Antonio, Texas to the island resort of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. last week was depthless in its cruelty and cynicism, evoking the worst of America’s nativist and segregationist history. But if there was one benefit to this singular act of exploitation for shameless political gain, […]

Legendary author Rudolfo Anaya on banning books

BY: - September 21, 2022

Ten years ago, Bless Me, Ultima was being pulled from the shelves in Arizona classrooms as Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program was dismantled.  I was a reporter at Albuquerque’s now defunct alt-weekly. In our rundown brick office, I pulled out the city’s actual phone book. The big old paper version was already like a thing […]

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and resulting chronic conditions offer unheeded lessons

BY: - September 12, 2022

The 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York resulted in the loss of 2,753 people in the Twin Towers and surrounding area. After the attack, more than 100,000 responders and recovery workers from every U.S. state — along with some 400,000 residents and other workers around ground zero — were exposed to […]

Digging into New Mexico’s long fight for workers’ rights with “Salt of the Earth”

BY: - September 5, 2022

Exactly 69 years ago, a group of blacklisted filmmakers and a cast of professional and local actors completed the filming of “Salt of the Earth” in Grant County, N.M., over Labor Day Weekend in 1953. That’s according to a declassified report by an FBI informant, now part of the archives at the Center for Southwest […]

Couy Griffin on Trial: A Tale of Two Realities

BY: - September 2, 2022

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin’s trial for betraying his oath of office to defend the Constitution got underway in Santa Fe in mid-August with Griffin, the founder of Cowboys for Trump, denying he knew he was doing anything illegal in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. Griffin was convicted in June by a […]

Year one of Source New Mexico

BY: - August 31, 2022

We have these meetings when our network is welcoming a new editor-in-chief who’s in the early days of pulling together a staff and planning for the launch of a news outlet in their state. The other EICs offer brief advice.  Mine is always: Hire people you enjoy talking with, because you’re going to have to […]

Tuition-free college isn’t free when it’s funded by oil and gas

BY: - August 29, 2022

As thousands of students head back to their classrooms, those enrolled in higher education will begin to reap the benefits of tuition-free public college in New Mexico.  On one hand, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Opportunity Scholarship gives thousands of students the chance to pursue higher education without the financial barriers previously standing in their way.  […]

White nationalism, fueled by social media, is on the rise and attracting violent young white men

BY: - August 26, 2022

White nationalists keep showing up in the hearings of the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. Evidence is mounting that white nationalist groups who want to establish an all-white state played a significant role in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five dead and dozens wounded. Thus far, the hearings “have documented […]

Abortion should be a kitchen table conversation

BY: - August 18, 2022

My mom began dating an obstetrician-gynecologist when I was in high school. While she always spoke openly about reproductive health care with me, our kitchen table conversations quickly turned into question and answer sessions with her new partner. When asked about his day, he described the differences in birth control methods, new technology for hysterectomies, […]

Ronchetti camp can’t stop a scrappy, independent press

BY: - August 16, 2022

Source NM’s senior reporter pulled a piece of posterboard out of the trash outside a campaign event Sunday and hastily sharpied a sign that read: Shaun Griswold’s inspired outreach is exactly what I meant when I wrote the word “scrappy” into our slogan. Never mind the barriers. We’ll get you the story — this time […]

Faced with a rise of extremism within its ranks, the US military has clamped down on racist speech

BY: - August 11, 2022

Less than a month after the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin took the extraordinary step of pausing all operations for 24 hours to “address extremism in the ranks.” Pentagon officials had been shaken by service members’ prominent role in the events of Jan. 6. Of the 884 criminal […]