A Broken Woman Breaks The Law
Here ya go, Albuquerque
Spend the $103 I just paid you
On repairing your countless potholes
Or maybe you could put it toward
Building some kind of recreational center
Or pop forty trash haven for your
Bored shitless teenagers and twentysomethings
Anything to keep them from drag racing
Up and down Montgomery at all hours
Blasting their Christina Aguilera and Ashlee Simpson bullshit
I watched the video online
Shot with impartial big brotherliness
By one of your new traffic light cameras
Sure enough, I turned left just as
The yellow light turned red
But in my defense
I had just been intimate with
An enormous vaginal probe
At the breast imaging center
And I was thinking of that
And other things
Like my brother’s recent diagnosis
And my mother’s lupus
Attacking her nerves
With a vengeance
And the poverty I enjoy
With my husband
Of almost two years
I usually hide out in the house
I do not own
I only drive
When I absolutely have to
So thank you
And Donald Trump bless you, Albuquerque
For sticking it to one of your
On one of her
Way Out Westland
I really thought, up until reading Christie Chisholm's “Atrisco's Long Goodbye" in the Jan. 18-24 issue, that the Westland sale was simply a result of a free marketplace—a willing seller and a willing buyer, although a seller exercising poor judgment in my opinion. However, even without hearing from the buyer's side, it appears the sale wasn't based on a free market where both sides are informed and willing participants in the transaction. I hope attorney Nicholas Koluncich and the Atrisco heirs fighting this "takeover" pursue it all the way up to the highest court, if need be.
Kudos to Ms. Chisholm and the Alibi for committing the time and resources to dig into these stories and bringing us the information we probably wouldn't have access to otherwise.
Neither Here Nor Ither
I would like to make a few comments about your contributing writer Gustavo Arellano of “¡Ask a Mexican!” Many of his answers about New Mexico are consistently prejudiced. What is worse is that many of his followers, recent letter writers to the Alibi, believe him. Webster defines prejudice as not accepting the facts. For example, Gustavo's followers end up calling a nationality a race. Mexican, American and Spanish are not races but nationalities. Their citizens can have white, Asian, black, Indian or Spanish or no Indian blood at all. Any person reading this column can become a full-blood Mexican by nationalizing. Quoting Billy Carter, you can choose your friends but not your relatives. This is baseless. If they are correct, then they should include all of South America as Mexican because of the Indian-Spanish blood mixtures.
To add to their prejudices or twisted way of reasoning, when Lucero's forefathers colonized New Mexico, Mexico did not exist till 250 years later. This being a fact, our colonizers of our great three-cultural state had to be something other then Mexican. Oh, by the way, the U.S.A. did not exist either, or is that ither?
Here is the catch, or what is terribly wrong with Arellano and his followers: Why would they, who know nothing of New Mexico or Lucero, in the name of honesty write to a newspaper ridiculing family trees and race, then, in addition, call them the "P" word, a Nazi and a devil, then admit they do not believe in this. Speak of having your cake. They use the "P" word like that comedian Michael Richards uses the "N" word. We never learn. We may as well publicize our three-cultural states’ motto too, the New Mexico Hispanic is rotten. Maybe they understand English. Let us not forget that each state in the Union along with each country on the planet has their individual culture plus hundreds of thousands of subcultures. Arellano et al. do not understand this. Why not let New Mexico Hispanic culture be part of this "cosmic" world?
The New Mexico Historical and Genealogy Societies have researched millions of hours of records about New Mexico. It is recorded in our libraries. It is free. Some was written by such notable historians as the Borderland Historians, Chavez, Espinosa and some by peons like me. Unlike Gus and his followers, one great thing about them is that any one of them will tell you they do not know it all. With all our info I cannot believe anyone would base history or their education from Gus. I wish them prosperity.
Oh, I hope the two guys who bet that $100 got it right. Because Gus lied to them.
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