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Keyword: Walt Rubel
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As I think back to the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, my primary memory is one of confusion. I was the editor of an afternoon newspaper in Kansas and was almost finished with the front page. I’ll be forever grateful to the publisher who convinced me to tear it up and start over. more
Thousands of Afghan refugees whisked to safety during the massive evacuation that concluded this week experienced their first taste of freedom here in Dona Ana County. more
This week, the United States joined a long list of nations that have tried and failed to rule Afghanistan. The Soviet Union came immediately before us. Their adventures in Afghanistan left them vulnerable to the collapse of the Soviet empire that was to follow. more
When President Joe Biden announced a plan to send local public health workers door-to-door on a mission to increase Covid-19 vaccinations, conservative pundits warned that those foolish enough to open their doors would be forcibly vaccinated against their will. more
One of the few things Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on in our divided nation is a desire to restrict speech on the Internet. more
In 2019, the New Mexico Senate rejected a bill that would have removed an old, invalid abortion law from the books. One year later, voters had their say. Six Democratic senators who had voted against the bill were removed from office, including powerful veterans such as former President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen and Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur Smith. more
There are no free lunches. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. Everybody has to pitch in and carry their weight. more
When the New Mexico Legislature passed SB 94 earlier this year, allowing college athletes to profit from the use of their name, image or likeness, some lawmakers feared we were picking a fight with the mighty NCAA. more
Frank and I were home after our first year of college, and Bruce had just graduated from high school in the summer of 1977 when we decided it would be safe to smoke pot in an abandoned field off a quiet road. more
I rise today in support of leakers. Here’s to Daniel Ellsberg, a former Marine who was working as a private-sector military analyst in 1971 when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study on U.S. activities in Vietnam dating back to the Truman administration. more
Thanks to solid investigative reporting by Searchlight New Mexico, the state Children Youth and Families Department is no longer using a secure messaging system designed to circumvent open records laws by automatically deleting records before a request can be made. more
I graduated from both high school and college thinking that the Underground Railroad was an actual train, with Harriet Tubman at the controls. more
Anybody who wants the Covid-19 vaccine can now walk into any Walmart in the country without an appointment, an insurance card or a dime in their pocket and get a free shot. more
For the past four years, our nation’s immigration policy was the equivalent of a “Keep Out” sign on the front yard. That didn’t stop desperate migrants from seeking refuge. more
I’m scheduled to get my second COVID-19 shot Friday, meaning I’ll be fully vaccinated in a couple of weeks. The pandemic, for me, is almost over, and I’m incredibly grateful to the brilliant men and women who developed these safe and effective vaccines. But this doesn’t feel like victory. more
The capital outlay bill signed last week by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham includes more than $28 million in funding for projects in Dona Ana County, as well as millions for other projects in southern New Mexico. more
The government has no right to tell me what I can eat, drink, smoke, snort or inject. It can prevent me from doing those things in public. And it can hold me responsible for any crimes I commit after having done those things, including while driving. But that’s all. more
For the most part, Democrats and Republicans got along and had a productive 2021 legislative session, said long-time New Mexico reporter and editor Walt Rubel of Las Cruces. more
Rodeo may be the only college sport that isn’t knee-deep in hypocrisy. That’s because rodeo is not part of the NCAA and has never held romanticized notions about the purity of amateur athletics. The sport has always been about prize money. more
New Mexico State Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, said legislation to legalize recreational marijuana sales may be split into two bills when the Legislature convenes for a special session Tuesday, March 30. more
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