Set in Granite
Memorial would connect wars to 9/11
The City Council plans to construct a cast bronze war memorial honoring soldiers who've died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because the memorial would also include a visual connection to 9/11, the design—and the $300,000 price tag—are kindling controversy [Council Watch, “Easing Back In,” Aug. 14-20].
Also on the Ballot
Fighting “Political Servitude”
A day with independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader
Bruce Trigg stands in front of a small roomful of reporters, looking nervous.
The Albuquerque coordinator of the Ralph Nader-Matt Gonzalez presidential campaign is explaining that he doesn’t know where Ralph Nader is. He is 20 minutes late to a news conference at the UNM Student Union Building. “We’ve arranged a pickup, and they have my phone number, but they haven’t called,” Trigg says before leaving the room, presumably to find someone with more information.
A moment later, Trigg returns with a smile. “Hold on, I just saw a familiar face.”
Health care practitioners start talking about an antidote for a poisoned health care system
Dr. Elizabeth Burpee's daughter was trying to scream, but she couldn't because her tongue was swollen. In the pediatric ER two weeks ago at UNM Hospital, the girl was having a life-threatening allergic reaction to an antibiotic. Burpee is a doctor at the hospital, but that night, she was there as a mom. "I went out to get a nurse, and the nurse was too busy to come right away," Burpee says.
Answer Me This
What caused a mess in Northern New Mexico? What hideous offense happened at the Animal Humane New Mexico shelter? What killed an Albuquerque man? Which city is off to the races?
Ortiz y Pino
The Pendulum Ride
We Democrats don’t call ourselves “liberals” anymore. Thirty years of steady right-wing propagandizing against the term has essentially ruined it, turned it into a pejorative—the political equivalent of “sissy” or someone “cultivated.”
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Cambodia—Thanks to soaring inflation and increasing demand, the price of rat meat has more than quadrupled in the southeastern Asian nation of Cambodia. With consumer inflation at 37 percent according to the latest Central Bank estimate, demand has pushed a kilogram of rat meat to around 5,000 riel ($1.27). Spicy field rat dishes made with garlic have become particularly popular since beef prices have soared to more than 20,000 riel a kilogram. “Not only are our poor eating it, but there is also demand from Vietnamese living on the border with us,” Ly Marong, a Cambodian agricultural official, told Reuters. He estimated that Cambodia supplies more than a ton of live rats a day to Vietnam. Rats are also widely eaten in Thailand, while the state government in eastern India last month encouraged its people to eat rats in an effort to battle soaring food prices.
The Aug. 28-Sept. 3 edition of the Weekly Alibi contained a story [Re: Newscity, “Not-So-Free Speech”] with two notable misconstructions. It was an otherwise informative article, but I do wish to take this opportunity to set the record straight.