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July 28, 2014

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Morgan Smith Morgan Smith

The New Immigration Crisis

Governor Rick Perry orders 1,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border. President Obama urges the Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to focus on their “shared responsibility” for the influx of migrant children from their countries. But where are Governor Perry’s troops going to go and what are they going to do? And what responsibility does President Obama think we have for this crisis?...

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July 25, 2014

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V.B. Price V.B. Price

Five Questions with New Mexico Authors - David E. Stuart

This week we ask archaeologist and author David E. Stuart some questions about his groundbreaking book Anasazi America: Seventeen Centuries on the Road from Center Place, which has given many people interested in New Mexico and in Pueblo culture a way to think about the past and about its applications to the future...

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July 25, 2014

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Stevie Olson Stevie Olson

Albuquerque’s Homeless Murders and Our Ordinary Passing Violence

Two men who had been beaten to death with cinderblocks were found this weekend on Albuquerque’s Westside. These men were homeless, and police have only recently identified them because they were beaten beyond recognition. Three teenage boys--ages 18, 16, and 15--have been arrested and charged with two counts of murder. These acts are horrifying, disgusting, and stomach-turning. At the same time, I wonder if I have anything in common with these boys...

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July 24, 2014

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E.E. Tyson E.E. Tyson

Parties and partisanship

We have elections that are mostly controlled by two major parties and the partisans of each who function to organize policy arguments in our representative democracy.

This process has its critics. Complaints surface here and there in the New Mexico commentariat. Ideas for improvement – suggestions like open primaries – are championed.

But some of the arguments around the issues of voting and parties and elections and partisanship need to be chopped down or trimmed back before we can get on with a more reasoned discussion of any changes...

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July 24, 2014

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Margaret Randall - International Raconteur Margaret Randall - International Raconteur

Doug Dunston’s Mind: “Practical Creativity”

In numerous postings, the New Mexico Mercury has commented on the great number of brilliant and creative Albuquerque residents, capable of turning our city’s uniqueness into prosperous livability—if only our urban structures and political machinations allowed us to make real use of such talent. Doug Dunston, who is Professor of Music at New Mexico Tech but lives in Albuquerque, is one such extraordinary mind...

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July 21, 2014

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James Burbank James Burbank

Mayor Attends Mental Health Training

Burque Mayor Bichard Merry recently attended a mental health training here in town.  Puffing up his chest in immense pride, Mayor Merry bragged that our city is on the national forefront in addressing the gap in urban mental health services by simply killing the mentally ill. 

Saying that offing the mentally ill was both entertaining and a huge cost savings, Republican Mayor Merry urged other cities to take the same step Burqueville has taken to reduce the public health budget by having the police conduct target practice on our most unstable citizens, especially those with PTSD...

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July 21, 2014

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Sarena Whitten Sarena Whitten

Emerging Voices: Sarena Whitten

Curator’s note by Stevie Olson: This week, the Mercury is excited to run its first video documentary in Emerging Voices. For her senior project, Sarena Whitten took to the streets of Albuquerque to learn more about the city’s homeless population. In Invisible People - Stories From the Streets, Sarena pieces together powerful interviews from people explaining how they became homeless, what it is like to be homeless, and how the police treat them...

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July 21, 2014

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John J. Hunt John J. Hunt

The most important book of the 20th century

Well, we could argue over a couple of other non-fiction books, but Silent Spring is somewhere at the top.

The sedge is wither’d from the lake,

And no birds sing.

John Keats’ couplet starts this book of revelation by Rachel Carson, published in 1962; my 1994 edition has an introduction written by Vice President Al Gore. The VP says it’s a humbling experience to write about this book, because the book is undeniable proof that the power of an idea can be far greater than the power of politicians...

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July 19, 2014

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Morgan Smith Morgan Smith

Moments of Truth

In her last MMA fight on March 29, Natalie Roy from Santa Fe floored her opponent at one minute and forty seconds of Round One. On Saturday night, June 14, it took her only 32 seconds to defeat Brittany Horton. It was a moment of truth for Brittany, however, because she agreed to take the fight on very short notice when Natalie’s original opponent had to drop out. Knowing that she didn’t have a chance and not having had a fight for three years, it took great courage to step into the cage against Natalie...

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July 16, 2014

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V.B. Price V.B. Price

Five Questions with New Mexico Authors – David L. Caffey

This week we ask author David L. Caffey some questions about his detailed, fast moving and fascinating book called Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico, from UNM Press, 2014...

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