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Our View: Time to celebrate Spanish culture

Anticipation is building for the 63rd annual Traditional Spanish Market, which returns this weekend to the Plaza. This year, aficionados of traditional work don’t have to wait until the booths are up and the artists are out early Saturday morning. With ¡Viva la Cultura! festivities, it’s almost as though Spanish Market begins today.

Letters to the editor, July 22, 2014

Concerning the article (“We didn’t know how to listen,” July 13) about 16-year-old Victor Villalpando’s death — the communities in New Mexico need vital and affordable mental health facilities, knowledge about how to get help and much better training of police officers.

  • Our View: For Hispanics voters, preservation matters

    The common perception of environmentalists is that they are affluent and Anglo in their makeup. Minorities, so the thinking goes, aren’t as worried about the forests and wildlands, especially when there are jobs involved.

  • Our View: Amtrak support growing stronger

    Seeing hundreds of people wait at a train station for hours, signs in hand as a show of support, would gladden the heart of any politician — especially in an election year. That was the scene on a recent train tour, but not because of politicians on board. No, the crowds were there to support the train itself: Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line on a whistle-stop tour of a portion of the route from Chicago to Los Angeles.

  • Our View: A clash of cultures along the highway

    Planners at Pojoaque Pueblo should begin pondering the business district’s impact in total. Can the collection of enterprises become more of a real town. How does the McDonald’s fit in with Poeh Center?

  • Our View: State needs water courts

    Federal District Court Judge Martha Vázquez has recused herself from concluding the Aamodt water-rights litigation — her husband, Joseph Maestas, is now a city councilor in Santa Fe. By federal statute, Vázquez is no longer allowed to hear the case because her husband is an officer of the city of Santa Fe, a party to the lawsuit.

Heinrich leads on refugee border crisis

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico apparently will be a leading voice of congressional Democrats in pushing back against Republicans in the debate over the border crisis.

Guns, bombs, missiles fired around the globe

Guns, bombs and missiles dominated the world’s headlines this week. The center of attention was the Gaza Strip, where the forces of Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force battled it out, with Hamas using rockets and the Israelis answering with airstrikes.

For Natives, a split in opinion on Obama

Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama made his first visit to an Indian reservation as the sitting president when he and first lady Michelle Obama dropped in on the Standing Rock Sioux Reser…

Border needs help for the suffering children

One of the most troubling and disturbing images that I can’t seem to rid my mind of is that of young immigrant children being placed in kennel-like cages. Since then, a more humane approach ha…

Commentary: Religious freedom at risk

A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

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Today’s New Mexican, July 22, 2014

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