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July 31, 2014

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E.E. Tyson E.E. Tyson

Oh what a tangled web panel we weave

The U.S. political polling universe shifted a bit this past week when CBS and The New York Times decided to radically depart from their reliance on traditional live-interview telephone polling. In collaboration with the British marketing survey firm YouGov, CBS and The New York Times switched from random-digit dialing to a much more difficult to understand methodology for their political polling...

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July 31, 2014

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John Chavez John Chavez

Weekly Poem: The Poet at Thirty-four—for Joseph Lease

We are we & when we are not we
the poet thinks we are a gun

in his head the poet thinks we are a rivulet in the forest
the poet thinks we are we
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& when we are we we are a naked moonpearled night
& a child fishing thick shadows...

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July 30, 2014

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Frontera NorteSur Frontera NorteSur

Texans, New Mexicans Team Up for a Sustainable Economy

On a blazing July day, the temperature in El Paso’s Union Plaza District was almost as hot as the brassy sounds of the local musical group Riboflavin that entertained the crowd at the Downtown Art and Farmers Market (DAFM) with bursts of jazzy R&B. 

A great portion of the fresh produce sold at the El Paso market is actually grown just across the state line in southern New Mexico’s Dona Ana County. While the legal battle between Texas and New Mexico over use of Rio Grande water has been in the news as of late, the DAFM is an instance of cooperation between Tejanos and Nuevomexicanos in harnessing land and water for mutual benefit...

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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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