Car Camping in the Combat Zone
Who in his right mind would go camping solo in the Bootheel?

Net Positive
New sustainability director Nick Sussillo

The Great Wasp War
The call went out to the lads of Silver City: This means war!

Pay to Play
The fledgling Las Cruces Vaqueros' field of dreams

Kiss of the Prairie Dog
Black-tailed prairie dogs once numbered in the billions

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Editor's Note
Desert Diary

Business Beat
Noble Steeds
Holy Vortex, Batman!
Tumbleweeds Top 10

The Starry Dome
Ramblin' Outdoors
40 Days & 40 Nights
The To-Do List
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Southwest Gardener
Continental Divide

Special Section
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An Artistic Apprenticeship
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Body, Mind & Spirit
Here, Have a Placebo
Growing a Healing Tradition

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Curious Kumquat
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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e   July 2010


Arizona Immigration

Great article on Arizona (Henry Lightcap's Journal, June). Good to hear from the silent side. Seems all I hear is illegal immigrants demonstrating and wanting to bring illegal relatives over illegally. We don't hear much about all the smart border states who are trying to copy Arizona laws.

Hey, with jobs tough, maybe some illegal will take over Henry Lightcap's Journal job!?

Kidding aside, a few comments. The greatest thing, I think, about the Arizona law is it gives the other states and the federal government a swift kick in the butt about illegal immigration. And boy, do they need it. It will never be solved unless someone comes up with a hot poker, like Arizona did. I admire Arizona and don't think they are going to back down. I followed President Obama's meeting with Gov. Jan Brewer. She didn't seem to back down.

No one really mentions the core of most of our problem. You just touched on it. Americans' insatiable appetite for drugs is wreaking havoc on the border, both sides. How we can solve this huge national problem is mind-boggling. The border problem is never going to go away until we solve this biggie. It will take the best brains in America to find a solution.

Charles H. Vondracek

Silver City


Teague Tempest

It has become quite obvious that Harry Teague's (Tumbleweeds, June) sole purpose for running for Congress was to be a place-holder for Steve Pearce, giving Pearce a chance to run for Senate without New Mexico's oil and gas industry losing its representation in the House. The fact that Teague contributed money towards both of Pearce's House campaigns should leave no doubt about Teague's political leanings. In the unlikely event that Teague and Pearce hold a debate, someone should ask Teague why he supported Pearce, in the past.

Judy Ruebush

Silver City

Editor's note: The campaign-contributions website OpenSecrets.org confirms that a Harry Teague of Hobbs donated $2,100 to then-Rep. Steve Pearce in 2006 and $1,000 in 2004, as well as $2,300 to Republican Sen. Pete Domenici in 2007. Teague also made numerous contributions to Democratic candidates in the same election cycles.


The Terminator

Rambling Biblicist Larry Lightner (Ramblin' Outdoors, June) ponders animal life after death. Perhaps it's guilt motivated by all the innocent animals whose lives he has cruelly and unnecessarily terminated while playing sadistic god with his guns and probably traps.

Bob Young

Las Cruces

So is there anything Larry Lightner doesn't want to shoot (other than his non-invasive dogs and cats)?

Bill Melendy

Pinos Altos


Mexican Violence

I just read your interesting article about the violence in Jurez and the drug cartels ("The Nightmare Next Door," May). The article includes several comments about the need to legalize at least marijuana, and discusses the positive experience of Portugal (congratulations on that, very few people in the US seem to know about it). But you go on to say that legalization is politically not possible, so we might as well consider other options.

Why? Do you believe that the US citizenry cannot assess the terrible consequences of our failed "War on Drugs" prohibition policy and finally demand that it be changed? Once, 70 years ago, we were able to do that. Are most of the politicians working for the cartels, at least unconsciously, as legalization would put an end to the stupendous profits created by the simple fact of prohibiting these drugs (while doing almost nothing to reduce the demand)?

I was long ago a three-pack-a-day smoker. I would go out in snowstorms to get cigarettes. Criminalizing the use of tobacco would hardly have saved me; it would just have caused me to pay more, and given the dealers an incentive to hook new users. Why, really, can't we legalize marijuana? Would the DEA and the private prison owners object to the loss of jobs as the enforcement apparatus was dismantled, and the prisons lost their drug offenders? Would Big Pharma be unhappy about a painkiller you can raise in your yard? Why?

Marshall Carter-Tripp

El Paso

Thank you for a very good article informing the public about the state of affairs in Mexico and how they relate to the US. I have just returned from a trip to Arizona and Utah and bookmarked that article for a few friends who had strong opinions about the current situation in their states. My hope is that your article will enlighten them and start them asking more questions of people who spout rhetoric through different media. I hope you provide a follow-up article in the next few months that elaborates on what you have stated earlier in the article and expand to help people understand the relationship between Mexico and the US. My comment to my friends is that New Mexico's (Silver City) relationship to Palomas and surrounding area is different than what they are reading and listening to, regarding Arizona's relationship to Mexico and its citizens.

Joe Hutto

Silver City

"The Nightmare Next Door" was not only an eye opening article but also comprehensive and inclusive. With the magnitude of this issue I can't understand why Washington and even Santa Fe continue to play it down.

People of the Southwest should prepare themselves for the inevitable — don't expect any protection from our government.

Thanks for the real look. Great writing.

Vic Topmiller Jr.

Silver City


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