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Our View: Clean Plaza initiative a great idea

Perhaps the brooms aren’t new, but they definitely are sweeping clean — the Santa Fe Plaza, that is. It’s part of a citizen-inspired initiative to make the city sparkle. The idea is to send out citizens to shine up the town.

Letters to the editor, July 26, 2014

Ardeth Baxter’s column (“Who was here first? It doesn’t matter,” My View, July 6) states that there is a “cultural game” played by Hispanics and Native Americans against Anglos, in which we have the feeling that we are “better than everybody else” because of our long lineage in New Mexico. It would be interesting to find out how she came to the judgment that these cultures harbor such an attitude.

  • Our View: Hospital strike bad for patients

    With July 31 fast approaching — one week from today — Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center management and the union representing nurses and technicians remain at a contract impasse. Earlier this week, the union served hospital officials with a strike notice. Its members had rejected what has been described as the hospital’s last, best contract offer.

  • Our View: A cleaner park just first step

    The current cleanup of Cathedral Park is long overdue. It has been a disgrace, packed with aimless young people who — in their own words — want to hang with their homies, even if that includes public drinking, pot smoking and selling drugs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

In Netherlands, a dignified mourning

The Netherlands fell silent Wednesday. Only the tolling of church bells disturbed the silence. It was a day of national mourning, the first since the death of the country’s beloved Queen Wilhelmina some 50 years ago.

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 26, 2014

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