Alibi V.14 No.45 • Nov 10-16, 2005 

Newscity

The Two Towers

The city is accused of violating the same ordinance that was the focus of the Sunport Observation Deck fiasco

Old habits die hard. At least, that's what City Councilor Debbie O'Malley might say, who's at the forefront of a debate over whether or not the city has violated the same ordinance that was the focus of the Sunport Observation Deck scandal of 1997.

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Ortiz y Pino

How to Make Crusades Obsolete

Two new books give an alternative to war

Two books came across my desk recently, both of which argue convincingly that waging war over religious differences is not inevitable. Apparently, we have alternatives to endlessly squabbling over which tribe of His children God really loves best. Who would have known?

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Guest Editorial

Dude—Where's My School?

It's time developers chipped in for schools

Don't get me wrong. I'm not against portable classrooms. They get you outdoors for some fresh air. They have that trailer-park charm. They're great places to hide under if you need to get away. But 57 on one campus? That's how many portables belong to Edward Gonzales Elementary on the southwest mesa.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Philippines—The environmental organization Greenpeace announced last Tuesday that it would pay nearly $7,000 in damages after its flagship, the Rainbow Warrior II, smashed into a coral reef in the Tubbataha National Marine Park. Greenpeace officials said the incident at the United Nations world heritage site was “very regrettable,” but laid part of the blame on inaccurate maritime charts. Officials at the marine park assessed the area of damaged reef at 113 square yards and valued it at 384,000 pesos. The Rainbow Warrior II's visit to the reefs in the Sulu Sea was part of a four-month tour to Australia, China, the Philippines and Thailand to raise local awareness about global warming. The ship suffered no serious damage.

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Letters

[RE: Ortiz y Pino, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell ... and Don't Pray] I would like to thank Ortiz y Pino for sticking up for us gay people. But I have a different take on the Catholic Church and homosexuals. I agree with the Church and the bumper stickers that say, "You can't be Catholic and pro-choice," or pro-death penalty, pro-birth control, pro-divorce, pro-gay. If you want to call yourself Catholic, you should stick to the tenets of your faith. If you have a problem with them, there are many other churches (religions) that will cater to your beliefs. Personally, I can't understand why any self-respecting gay man or woman would belong to a church that teaches that your very being is a sin. I have heard from friends that a large percentage of priests are gay. This may be a little severe, but I liken it to a black man putting on a pointy white hat and going to a KKK meeting weekly. I'm afraid that this new witch hunt by the current pope, in trying to show he is doing something about his little pedophile club (which the Church has been protecting for years) has a lot of people associating gays with the sick bastards who pray on children. I am sick to death of religion telling me I am an immoral man--when I know in my heart that I and the majority of gay, lesbian, bi and transgender people are extremely moral, God-fearing, hard-working, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of the United States of America.

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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 29)

Goat Pose

Kid Goat Yoga

Yogis practice surrounded by playful goats. All proceeds benefit the local nonprofit native rescued wildlife park.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 30)

Dawn Julio

Space Science: International Asterioid Day

Learn about asterioids, NASA's mission to the Asteroid Belt and what is known about asteroid impacts on Earth. Registration recommended.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 1)

Use the Back Door

Speakeasy Swing

Learn the basics of swing dance without a partner. Go online for the entrance password.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

Yin Your Yang

Yin Yoga

Trauma informed yoga therapy.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

No Place Like Om

Laughter Yoga Wellness Group

A unique form of meditation combining unconditional laughter with a blend of deep breathing exercises, creative visualizations with role playing and simple stretches.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

Get Wild, Baby

Bosque Wild: Guided Nature Walk

A moderately strenuous guided hike through one of the largest riverside-cottonwood forests in the world and along the banks of the Rio Grande. Registration recommended.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 19)

New Mexico Hempfest

Presentations from industry leaders, as well as exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services. Vendors are licensed producers, dispensaries, nutrient companies, medical clinics, health and wellness providers and more.
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