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 V.19 No.42 | October 21 - 27, 2010 
Race and Politics

Talking Points

Race and Politics

A longtime journalist discusses Obama and the 2010 elections

Gwen Ifill is not paying attention to the Senate race in Delaware, though tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell hits national headlines most days. And Ifill is not so interested in New York's gubernatorial race, where GOP candidate Carl Paladino's gaffes are the talk of the town. "Even though they make interesting cable news conversation, neither of the out-there candidates in those races seems to have a chance of winning," she says. "I'm more interested in what the outcomes are going to be."

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Council Watch

War and Peace

A few dozen people spoke out at the Monday, Oct. 18 Council meeting on two main issues: feeding the hungry and nukes. The Council did not reply to the citizens concerned about efforts to feed some of Albuquerque’s homeless population. But councilors commented that the city will not speak against the weapons industry, which supplies lots of jobs.

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Ortiz y Pino

Heroin, Our Ignored Plague

Bruce Trigg is retiring from the state's Department of Health this year. The soft-spoken, scholarly and intensely committed public health physician has one last policy campaign he’s waging. It's a sort of farewell gift to us. He wants to wake New Mexico up to the silent plague that for at least 20 years has been mowing down hundreds of our young people. It kills them in the prime of their lives—and incredibly, draws scarcely any attention.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Pennsylvania—A teenager who had just passed his driving test celebrated by crashing a car into a state driver’s license center. Bridgeville police Sgt. Brian Halbleib told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the accident happened when the unnamed teen pulled into the parking lot of the center to drop off the man who had administered the test. At least three people were injured, but officials said the injuries were not serious. The teen told officers he thought the car was in park, but it was not.

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Letters

Your column [News Feature, “It Ain’t Easy Being Green,” Oct. 14-20] is totally correct about New Mexico excluding small or minority political parties. There is a great need to get better candidates, in the PRC for example, county commissions, Congress and, of course, governors and legislators in Santa Fe. Given what other states do now, New Mexico has to change. Perhaps the next governor, Susana Martinez, will address the issue, but laws are needed to change the practices of the secretary of state.

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