Commentary

Four more children dead, and a nation shrugs. Is enough finally enough now?

BY: - December 10, 2021

Families in Michigan will set an empty place at the table this holiday season in the wake of the mass shooting at Oxford High School in southeast Michigan that left four children dead and seven more injured. The deaths at Oxford this week came a little more than two weeks before the ninth anniversary of […]

Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband?

BY: and - December 9, 2021

The federal government is pouring billions of dollars into expanding broadband internet access. But it’s at the state level where the financial rubber meets the fiber-optic road. History suggests some states are ahead of the game while others will have to play catch-up. The recently signed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes significant funding to expand […]

I’m a janitor and a union member. This year I became an activist, too.

BY: - December 6, 2021

Like many people, for much of my life I didn’t think elections were for me. Over my 57 years I would vote occasionally, but the reality was that I didn’t feel like anything I did would matter. COVID-19 and my union changed that for me, and now I want to share my story in hopes […]

Dispatches from the Q-fevered anti- “abortion capital”

BY: - December 1, 2021

Most people regard the dangerous QAnon conspiracy theory with either dismay or dismissal. Yet the depth and breadth of its reach has taken on bleak salience during this moment in history.  What began as ambiguous, nameless postings signed “Q” on unmoderated message board websites that host anything from anime fandom and fitness advice to child […]

What is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

BY: - December 1, 2021

President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations – the U.K., India, Japan, […]

Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 25, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]

The land border with Mexico is open again, but people still can’t really seek asylum

BY: - November 23, 2021

Nov. 8 was a big day for love in the U.S. borderlands. For the first time since March of 2020, the U.S. land border opened to non-essential travel. This meant that fully vaccinated foreign travelers could enter the United States and, for many people who rely on tourist visas to see their loved ones who […]

Rittenhouse verdict flies in the face of legal standards for self-defense

BY: - November 22, 2021

In a two-week trial that reignited debate over self-defense laws across the nation, a Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse for shooting three people, two fatally, during a racial justice protest in Kenosha. The Wisconsin jury believed Rittenhouse’s claims that he feared for his life and acted in self-defense after he drove about 20 miles from his home in Antioch, Illinois […]

Embracing all the bad and the good of U.S. history is how we move forward

BY: - November 19, 2021

The Public Education Department held a virtual meeting so that the public could state their support or opposition for the proposed changes in our social studies curriculum for the state of New Mexico last week.   I sat in on the Zoom meeting to offer my opinion and listen to all the feedback provided. And I […]

New Mexico’s Democrats are choosing short-term profits over our planet

BY: - November 18, 2021

I came home from the first day of the 2021 New Mexico Climate Summit feeling sick to my stomach and gravely concerned for my future. Rather than meeting the climate crisis with the urgency and seriousness it deserves, I watched our governor and state lawmakers play right into the hands of the same industry that […]

Dollar-a-day wage schemes in immigrant detention sound a lot like slavery

BY: - November 15, 2021

Across the United States, communities are reckoning with the appropriate rate of minimum wage for people at the local, state and federal levels. There is a sincere debate about whether a $15 minimum wage is actually sufficient for people trying to survive in the current economy. Yet around the country, immigrant detainees are often paid […]

Don’t make people enter the criminal legal system to access services

BY: - November 12, 2021

To promote its new Metro Crime Initiative, Mayor Tim Keller’s administration claims they are finding ways to better provide assistance to citizens in need. But in reality, Keller is setting up a system where people enter the criminal legal system in order to get access to mental health care, treatment for addiction and affordable housing. […]