Commentary: Few bargains at government land sale

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican of Texas and a tea party favorite, wants to unload federal land by turning it over to the states or selling it to private buyers. To Cruz, this is one way to scale back the reach of the federal government into the lives of private citizens.

  • An idiot’s guide to inequality

    We may now have a new “most unread best-seller of all time.” The rush to purchase Thomas Piketty’s book suggested that Americans must have wanted to understand inequality. The apparent rush to put it down suggests that, well, we’re human.

  • Commentary: Partisan primaries need to end

    Polarization and partisanship are a plague on American politics.

  • Commentary: Court decision doesn’t doom ACA

    The Affordable Care Act took a potentially serious hit this week when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a rule that extended the law’s health-care subsidies to residents of the three-dozen states where the federal government runs a health insurance exchange.

  • Rick Perry runs for the border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry recognizes that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Tuesday, wearing his smart glasses, his hands chopping the air, he called out the National Guard to go to the border to deal with the influx of more than 50,000 children crossing into the U.S. illegally.

  • Commentary: On the scene — Why the children are coming

    Everybody has a theory about why more than 40,000 unaccompanied children have been detained at the border since last fall while attempting to enter the country without documentation. Republicans blame Obama’s immigration policies. The federal government has stated that organized crime has spread rumors saying that minors can enter the country without consequences. The governments of Central America say the violence there (which they blame on U.S. drug use and trafficking) is to blame. Pro-immigrant activists say the lack of immigration reform is to blame for the crisis.

  • Commentary: Ukranian conflict needs to wind down

    There is one important reason Ukrainian authorities are so sure that pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet: An account on the Russian social network Vkontakte, which relays official dispatches from insurgent military leader Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, boasted about the rebels shooting down a plane at about the time of the crash.

  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Mexicans won’t fight? Not at all

    Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I’ll be returning to my country or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since I’ve been in this country, I’ve noticed there’s a rising tide of hatred toward Mexicans. I’ve talked to Mexicans and they all say they’re proud to be Mexican. I am curious, sir: Why is it that Mexicans don’t stand up to that corrupt and racist government in Mexico? In my opinion, it’s going to get worse for Mexicans in the United States. I’ve read where there’s a new constitution that has been secretly written; they’re just waiting for the right time to implement it. It’s going to be geared toward a police state. English will be the official language. I’ve asked some people in government about this. Some said that there’s a push to revoke the amendment about children of illegals born on American soil. I strongly suspect your people are in mortal danger.

  • Commentary: Once more, Chelsea Clinton inspires snark

    Talons drawn, the media have descended upon Chelsea Clinton. Again.

  • Commentary: When should the U.S. use force?

    Was the Iraq War the greatest strategic error in recent decades, as some pundits have suggested recently? The simple answer is no. That honor belongs to the failure to take action against al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden before the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001. And if one wants to go back a few decades further, it was the failure to stop Hitler in Europe and to deter war with Japan, failures that dwarf both Iraq and Vietnam in terms of their tragic consequences and the cost in lives and treasure.

  • Commentary: ‘Dental therapists’ offer alternatives

    Everyone seems to agree that there is a dental care crisis in the United States, particularly among people in poor or rural areas. People who have dental insurance or the means to pay out of pocket can get a high level of care. Those without struggle.

  • Commentary: Billionaires don’t get immigration

    A trio of billionaires — Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates — say they want to “End the Immigration Impasse,” to quote the headline of their recent New York Times op-ed article.

  • Commentary: Dissecting the grammar of police shootings

    You’re probably familiar with the weaselly way politicians tend to apologize when they’ve been caught red-handed. The most famous example is the line “mistakes were made.”

  • Commentary: Without a phone charge, stay home

    Bad news. Horrible news. The Transportation Security Administration has come up with a new restriction: If you are flying back to the United States from overseas — especially Europe and the Middle East — you should not bring your phone unless it has enough power to turn on when you arrive stateside.

  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Go back to Europe? The Mexican comments

    Dear Mexican: I have some questions and observations. During George W. Bush’s administration, there was a lot of talk for and against comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty to some). One remark that I recall was stated by a Mexican that went something like, “Go back to Europe!!!!” Aren’t Mexicans of European descent also? Hello, colonized by Spain. I thought to myself, “Why don’t you go back to Europe? Unless you are puro indio, your roots are from Europe also.” Immigration reform aside, what are your thoughts on going back to Europe?

  • Commentary: Immigrants deserve Christian love

    Southeast New Mexico is facing a crisis that cuts at the heart of Christian faith and practice. With the recent notification by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that upward of 600 Central American refugees would be housed at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center campus in Artesia, it has served as a rallying call for many local citizens as well as local elected officials.

  • Commentary: Stop the madness damaging Chicago

    The Fourth of July, that most American of holidays, is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks and backyard cookouts. In Chicago this year, the holiday weekend was scarred by what tragically has become another American tradition: gun violence.

  • 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.

  • Commentary: Hobby Lobby panic based on bad analysis

    Liberals should spend less time lauding the dissents in last week’s Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and more time reading them. If they did, they’d notice that some of their main arguments find little support — even from liberal justices.

  • Commentary: GOP seeks to block youth vote

    First they came for blacks, and we said nothing. Then they came for Latinos, poor people and married women, and we again ignored the warning signs.

  • Commentary: U.S. lags in infrastructure

    You often find people talking about our economic difficulties as if they were complicated and mysterious, with no obvious solution. As the economist Dean Baker recently pointed out, nothing could be further from the truth. The basic story of what went wrong is, in fact, almost absurdly simple: We had an immense housing bubble, and, when the bubble burst, it left a huge hole in spending. Everything else is footnotes.

  • Our View: Kids don’t hate healthy lunches

    With the opening of the 2014-15 school year less than a month away, attention is turning to back-to-school, even that increasingly controversial portion of the school day — lunch.

  • Our View: Pojoaque’s compacts a nonstarter

    The frustration Pojoaque Pueblo has with the state of New Mexico over gambling compact negotiations is obvious. Else, why submit a proposal for a new compact that is ridiculous?

  • 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.

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Reader View: Voting needs to join the modern world

Three times this year I have flown back to the United States. At my arrival airport, I walked up to a computer that checked my passport, took my picture and gave me a paper slip allowing me to enter the country. On my way home, I contacted my banking and finance institutions — traded securities, transferred funds, paid bills.

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Today’s New Mexican, July 27, 2014

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