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The town of Taos, mirroring the larger political landscape around the nation, desperately needs to have a community wide conversation on democracy and the nature of our local politics. The recent events that have taken place culminating in the Holiday Inn fiasco, indicate that our elected officials have a distorted view of exactly what democracy is. more
Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque recently was named New Mexico’s single most effective legislator – indeed, one of the most effective lawmakers in any state – by FiscalNote. The national, non-partisan organization knows what it is talking about, representing many of the most successful Fortune 500 corporations. Most recipients of the award were Republicans. It was given based on how successful a legislator is at sponsoring and steering legislation through each crucial step of the legislative process, all the way through enactment. This complex process requires strong bipartisan skills, and often goes completely unnoticed by the general public. I can attest, however, that in all my years in the Roundhouse, no legislator has ever deserved this honor more, nor worked harder to receive it, than Mimi Stewart. more
We write to urge our elected officials (and all citizens) to do everything in their power to protect our community from the current administration’s unjust and cruel actions toward our many neighbors, friends, and family members who are immigrants. We oppose all efforts to demean or dehumanize any of us. We, the Interfaith and Intercultural Alliance (IFIC), are a Taos County group composed of people from various faith and cultural groups in the community. As people of faith, conscience, and goodwill, we simply cannot keep silence any longer. more
The real issue our community has been facing are the frightening demographics. Our community has been losing its children to greener pastures for some time. If we utilize our strengths (land, water, culture) we can address this problem and offer our children and grandchildren meaningful employment in the future and help these young families to stay. more
Taos Health Systems CEO Bill Patten stated, “We would like to thank Dr. Geilen Ismail and Linda Aubrecht for their service on the Taos Health Systems Board of Directors. Their leadership and guidance have led us down a path of sustainability and a new way of conducting business, putting the patient and the employee first. They will be missed.” more
I have been a citizen of New Mexico for 40 years and of Taos for 27. For once I am excited by the effort of an elected official to improve our political process. Our Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, is creating rules to make contributions to all New Mexico political campaigns transparent and available to the public. more
When I visited Israel in 1977, I made an interesting discovery. Every building in its largest city, Tel Aviv had a solar water heater on the roof. It was a simple apparatus; a water tank holding … more
For 14 years, I have been an outdoor landscape painter in Taos. Those of us who live in Taos, and love to visit Taos, do so because it is not like anywhere else. What a relief to escape the … more
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