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V.24 No.52 | 12/24/2015

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Credit Where It’s Not Due

By Sean Cardinalli
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V.24 No.35 | 8/27/2015

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A brief history of Working Classroom murals.
V.24 No.24 | 6/11/2015
The Don knows why you’re alcoholic: you’re overfed and undernourished.
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
Robert Maestas

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Diaperin’ Is Easy!

The cloth-diapering community offered scathing critiques of our staffer’s research; said staffer and contributing writer Amelia Olson responds to a massive dose of online venom.
V.24 No.16 | 4/16/2015
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Opinion

Almost Fey-mous

On Tina’s trail in Albuquerque

By Blake Driver
Blake Driver follows in Liz Lemon’s local business-patronizing footsteps. Prepare to want to go to there.
V.24 No.15 | 4/9/2015

Letters

Wherein Alibi readers write. Topics range from The [nuevomexicano] Dead to the nascent NM manufacturing industry and reminiscences of the ABQ jazz scene of yesteryear.
V.24 No.14 | 4/2/2015
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Opinion

Pesticides Are Weapons of Mass Destruction

By Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund
Richard “Bugman” Fagerland takes on needless use of pesticides and rodenticides and the potential, devastating consequences of exposure.
V.24 No.11 | 3/12/2015

Opinion

On Guard

Defending our reproductive rights

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
Six House Dems crossed the aisle in support of incrementalist anti-choice legislation aimed at chipping away reproductive rights.
V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014
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Wherein the readers write. This week’s subjects include Chaco Canyon, fracking and navigating New Mexico’s “Wild West” driving culture.
V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014
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Opinion

County Commission Offers Alternative to Berry's Tender Mercies

By Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Sat Sep 6 2014 7:35 PM ]

On Friday, Aug. 29, Mayor Richard J. Berry made history. In his YouTube communiqué debut, Berry became the first Albuquerque mayor to veto an election amendment. According to Berry's statement, R-14-91 contained proposals he couldn't "in good conscience" allow Albuquerque citizens to vote on. Translation: Berry claims his ethics prevented him from permitting us to weigh in at the polls on a) raising sales tax one-eighth of a centto fund social services for the addicted, homeless and mentally illand b) to reduce criminal penalties for the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

R-14-91 also contained ballot initiatives to a) grant the City Council approval authority over the Mayor's hiring of police and fire chiefs, b) change the voter-initiative process to prevent costly special elections and c) a bond proposal to fund "metropolitan redevelopment." In layman's terms, Berry's veto was a political strong-arm tactic to get the City Council to drop the tax increase and penalty reduction initiatives. Otherwise, these other three issues wouldn't get to voters. And it worked. On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Council compromised (read: caved).

And that, as they say, could have been that. But on Friday, Sept. 5, the Bernalillo County Commission issued a press release calling for voter input on the tax increase and marijuana penalty reduction initiatives that Berry nixed. In the release Commission Chair Debbie O’Malley said, “It’s critical that we hear directly from the people about how to move forward on these two issues that have such a major impact on our community. We need to look for ways to divert people with serious mental illness out of jail and into treatment instead. This issue impacts all of us and Bernalillo County residents are ready to talk about solutions.”

In the same release, Commissioner Maggie Hart-Stebbins states, “Better access to mental health services and marijuana penalties are clearly on the minds of Bernalillo County residents. Both of these issues have a significant impact on public safety and county government so it makes sense to give the voters a say in this community discussion.”

The County Commission will convene on Monday, Sept. 8, at 10am to make a final decision on which questions voters will get to address. That's where you come in. O'Malley and Hart-Stebbins want your input on the tax and marijuana penalty initiatives. Based on the overwhelmingly critical responses to Berry's veto video and the veto post on his Facebook page, many of you have something to say. So say it. If the Commission adds these initiatives to the ballot, all Bernalillo County residentsnot just city folkwill have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in creating local public policy.

These are difficult times for our city, and we appear to be at a crossroads. It's easy to be cynical. But rather than reposting memesespecially those featuring Mark Twain's belief that voting makes no differencetake a few minutes this weekend to engage your representatives on issues that matter to you. To facilitate that conversation, scroll on for quick links to contact O'Malley and Hart Stebbins. Use your voice. It's more powerful than you know.

Click here to email Debbie O'Malley or call her at (505) 468-7027.

Click here to email Maggie Hart-Stebbins or call her at (505) 468-7108.

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