The real skinny on what's happening in and around Socorro, New Mexico

Guns, films, and fame: how to stop mass shootings

Now we have yet another mass shooting. Isn't it time we start to think about ways to prevent these things from happening?

Health care debate ignores The Greatest Canadian

We're hearing a lot about health care lately, but we rarely hear much about our neighbor to the north. Just how bad is it up there, anyway?!

Occupy Resides in Rural America, Too

After a long hiatus, the Pencil Warrior returns and weighs in on the Occupy Wall Street movement. You don't wanna miss this one. Trust us.

Socorro electric coop court case: Members: 1, Trustees: 0

So the good ole' boys who fought tooth and nail to stifle transparency at the Socorro Electric Coop have finally had their day in court. Fortunately for the coop membership, in a court of law facts talk and, well, B.S. walks.

Another perspective on Bin Laden's death

The War Resisters League, a national non-profit group which counts several Socorro residents as members, has issued a statement regarding the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden. It's definitely food for thought.

Declaring democracy on the American plutocracy

If corporations are "people" as the supreme court claims, then perhaps we do need a death penalty after all.

Why light rail makes sense

New Mexico's RailRunner has come under attack from Governor Martinez. So what, exactly, is her beef with the train system?

Fact, opinion, and self delusion

When talking politics, have you ever noticed how it's always "the other guy" whose facts are questionable? Well, at least until one day, when you look in the mirror and see the dreaded "other guy" staring back at you!

Could talk radio really drive someone to kill?

Jared Lee Loughner's attack on Arizona Representative Gabriel Giffords has started a debate about vitriolic rhetoric in the media. But is there really any truth to the claim that vitriol on the airwaves could lead to violence?

A market-based solution for a market-caused problem

Can the "market" solve a problem that it created in the first place?

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