I'm Jewish. I’m proud of being Jewish. In fact, being the only Jewish member of the State House of Representatives is a special source of pride. But there is always that concern — what if?

When I was growing up, and we would read about what had happened in Germany during World War II, my father would warn me — it could happen here. I have never believed him. Our institutions, our culture, our history and our people are too strong. There will always be those who embrace hatred over understanding and love. But the vast majority of Americans will resist that hate.


On August 1, 2017, the University of New Mexico was thrust into national social discord when the Mentoring Institute was called out for a racially insensitive tweet.

Days later, the University of Virginia was thrust into political discord as white nationalists and neo-Nazis carrying armor, artilleries, clubs and Confederate flags descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia for a so-called “Unite the Right” rally around the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the Charlottesville campus. The event ultimately escalated into physical violence, led to several injuries and two fatalities and caused Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, to declare a state of emergency.


Americans hope that President Trump and his team can resolve the North Korean tension. Nobody wants any place in America to be struck by an atomic or hydrogen bomb. We are not totally clear on what North Korea can do with a missile, but it is growing clearer their program has advanced and growing stronger almost day by day. Although few people seem to believe North Korea has a hydrogen bomb.

We were blindsided by Japan December 7, 1941 when they attacked Pearl Harbor. The Japanese killed 2,335 servicemen. An additional 1,143 were wounded. They attacked us for 110 minutes from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Hundreds of Japanese planes sank or damaged 21 warships and destroyed more than 150 planes on nearby airfields. That was a horrendous day in our history that we never want repeated.

To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

Look, we’re all grown-ups here. Let’s cut through all the bullshit.

Every USFWS employee involved with the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery program has sold them out. You’ve all sold out the Mexican Gray Wolves.

Either by the “Sin of Commission” or the “Sin of Omission.” Either selling them out by direct action, like those who wrote the new recovery plan. Or selling out the Mexican Gray Wolves by their inaction, like not standing up or speaking up or screaming at the top of your lungs that the program has, and is continuing to fail the wolves.

Column: The balance between environment and economy

In his speech at the United Nations Climate Summit in May of 2017, former president Barack Obama said, “During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century, more dramatically perhaps than any other.”

America’s view on climate change is one that has been in ever-changing flux for a while and has impacted everyone on often a political level and sometimes a personal level.

Letter: UNM Has More Problems — UNM Press


The New Mexico Book Co-op had a meeting with Interim Provost White about the problems and future of UNM Press.

It was touted that Dean Clement was coming too, but he was a no-show. The Co-op has over 1600 members — authors, publishers, stores, designers, reviewers from all across the Southwest — and 80 people attended on July 24. Although the Co-op has documents scheduling downsizing, employee eliminations (8), titles purged and most distressing — the UNM Press warehouse being emptied of books that are to be sent out-of-state — some UNM employees say that action is not engraved in stone.

Letter: Healthcare 一 House Divided Cannot Stand

The latest healthcare initiative from the Trump administration and the Republican Party's leaders in Congress seems set to sink just like the last version. Mitch McConnell can't seem to round up the votes to push it through the Senate; if anything, the House is more likely to tear apart than pass the Senate version, and the White House isn't getting anywhere with its attempt to mobilize the nation's governors behind attempts to modify the Affordable Care Act, aka "ObamaCare."

Good. Even the most ambitious proposal up for serious consideration 一 repealing ObamaCare and reverting to pre-2010 rules 一 is just nibbling around the edges of the problems of maximizing care availability and minimizing costs, as was ObamaCare itself. Sooner or later 一 and the sooner the better 一 one of two radical solutions will be adopted.

Travel Blog: Rewarding volunteer work close to home

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Yes, I know, it’s completely cheesy to open up a column about volunteerism with a quote from Ghandi, but it’s true. Community service can help us find empathy, education and community. We come to understand that despite our various hardships and societal factions, we’re all just people: equally powerful, equally powerless.

Still, we often forget that fulfilling volunteer work does not always have to be far from home.

Where have the Travel Ban protests gone?

When Executive Order 13769 was issued on January 27, 2017, protesters immediately took to the streets and airports, and news outlets brandished photos of protesters filling airports by the thousands.

The results were clear: there was a definite divide on who supported the executive order and who did not.

Many Americans were uncomfortable or outright angry with the order, which lowered the number of refugees to be admitted into the United States in 2017 and suspended the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Letter: Don't overthink it, college students


It is perfectly normal for college students to feel anxious at times, but is it normal for anxiety to interfere in your daily life, your college work or your fun activities?

Many of us know that summer break is almost over for college students, and school is ready to start again. We are about headed for another semester, students!

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website, “Forty million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75 percent of them experience their first episode of anxiety by (the) age of 22, and about 41.6 percent stated anxiety as the top pressing concern among college students.”

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