Sunday, September 5, 2010

Media Notes: Albuquerque, El Paso and Santa Fe

Albuquerque Journal

Online classified advertising is said to be the main reason that newspapers are in revenue trouble. Exceptions exist to that general rule, assuming it is correct. We have one.

We had a 2003 Toyota Camry, about 100,000 miles, fully loaded with goodies including compass.

We sold the car through an ad in the Albuquerque Journal. We tried Craig’s List for a couple weeks to start. No response. Our buyer was woman from Farmington.

El Paso Times

With a Mexican government document as the source, the El Paso Times’ Diana Washington Valdez had a story this morning that was a sort of an incredible score card of the drug wars—who is fighting with whom and the body count attributed to the various rivalries. It should be noted that “rivalries” is far from the correct word, given the body count, but nothing better comes to mind. I have met Diana Washington Valdez. She is one of the few human beings tough enough to even think about pursuing such a story, much less actually pursue it. Washington Valdez has a book, “The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women,” detailing (and I mean detailing) the femicides, the slaughter of women along the Mexico-U.S. border.

The New Mexican (in Santa Fe)

Finally, on a happier note, The New Mexican in Santa Fe has endorsed Diane Denish’s approval for a constitutional convention for New Mexico. Las Cruces-based Heath Haussamen of raised the issue with the two candidates for governor and “printed” (however one does that electronically) the responses last Tuesday. I explored the constitutional convention issue approvingly in the now-defunct Capitol Report New Mexico in 2009.

New Mexico’s constitution is a mess. We need to start over. Good for Denish. Good for The New Mexican.

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