In this edition of Speak Up Las Cruces hosts Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel talk with Nathan Small and Brandi Polanco, who are vying for New Mexico House District 36 seat, and in the second hour to Joanne Ferrary and Isabella Solis, the House District 37 candidates, but unfortunately candidate Solis had a last minute conflict and could not participate in the discussion.
You probably haven’t had the time or inclination to look into the fine print on all of those negative political ads we’re being bombarded with, so I’ve done it for you. Political ads often include sources, usually a newspaper story or official document, to add a sense of authenticity to their claims. I never paid much attention until a few years ago when I noticed that one of the stories I had written was cited as the source for a claim that I knew was untrue.
Almost all of the negative ads involve money. They play into the perception that all politicians are in it to line their own pockets. And they add to the cynicism and distrust people have in not just politics, but the entire governing process. But they must be effective because we see them every election.
Host MaryAnn Digman interviews dentist Dr. Jake Wolf and Dental Hygienist Ms. Dianna Diaz-South from Organ Mountain Dental and reviews the significant changes that COVID 19 has caused for the dental profession. They discuss changes made to their office processes and how patients will find dental care for the foreseeable future. Dr. Wolf and Ms. Diaz also discuss what dental issues they have been seeing in patients returning for routine dental care, and offer their recommendations for good dental health.
Stuart Kelter interviews Daniel Kleinman -- Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Boston University -- about his book, Vanishing Bees, co-authored with Sainath Suryanarayanan. The book explores the vested interests -- beekeepers, growers, academic scientists, agrochemical companies, and regulatory agencies -- which not only have competing interests, but also different methods and biases for acquiring knowledge about the health of bee colonies.
Host Rev. Xolani Kacela's guest is Jean Walters, author of The Journey from Anxiety to Peace and a transformational coach and metaphysics teacher, who spoke about overcoming anxiety and fear, trusting your intuition, and growing into your passion and purpose in the world. The program discussed how people of faith can find peace in everyday life by being in touch with their inner essence and using meditation. She can be reached at email@example.com. Her website is spiritualtransformation.com
Next week's guest in Carl McColman, author of the Eternal Heart and many other books on mysticism.
Lisa Lucca interviews Lori Sokol author of She Is Me: How Women Will Save the World (sheismebook.com) and Exec. Director of womensenews.org.
Walt Rubel and Peter Goodman host two separate candidate forums: from 8-9 New Mexico House District 39 candidates Rudolpho Martinez (the incumbent) and challenger Luis Terrazas; from 9-10 a.m. State Sen. Doreen Gallegos and challenger John Foreman about their race in N.M. Senate Dist. 52.
In 2002, Steve Pearce beat John Arthur Smith in what I believe was the most important election in southern New Mexico of the past two decades. The seat in Congress that both men were running for was open for the first time since 1980. That was the year Harold Runnels died three months before the election. Runnels was so firmly entrenched that Republicans hadn’t even planned to contest him. Joe Skeen launched a write-in campaign to win the seat, then went on to hold it for 11 terms. Runnels, a Democrat, and Skeen, a Republican, combined to hold the seat from 1970 until that election in 2002. It seemed clear that voters in the district were more loyal to the person than the party. I figured whoever won that year would be able to settle in. Pearce served for eight terms, and would probably be the incumbent today if not for his ambition for other offices.
Dolores Gomez, MD is one of the CORE Faculty at our own Family Medicine Residency Program and also the Chief Medical Officer of Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Gomez came to Las Cruces in high school, went to NMSU for her undergraduate degree and to UNM for medical school. She has received extra training in Family Medicine in Phoenix.
Dr. Gomez shared her experiences with taking care of patients in Las Cruces with COVID 19. Currently most of the patients are between 20-59. The symptoms have moved from primarily respiratory to more debilitating fatigue and gastrointestinal issues. The health care resources in southern NM have met the patient needs and are prepared for an increase in patients over the next months.
Stuart Kelter interviews Tom Russell, a retired Child Protective Services investigator and foster care worker in the state of Wisconsin. Although the interview does not go into graphic detail about child abuse, it may nevertheless be upsetting to some. Listener discretion is advised.
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