Thank you to everyone who attended the meet and greet for Ann Marie Nafzinger last week. It was great to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends. It’s always fun to visit and get to know our neighbors.
And, as much fun as it is to spend time getting to know a candidate, the really important thing to do is to VOTE. Please vote! We can march, protest, and speak our opinions, but the real power is in the voting booth. Early voting has begun with hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please take a few minutes to vote in the school board and city elections. In our small community one vote does make a difference. Each of us makes a difference. Each of us has the ability to continue to keep Marfa thriving.
Allison Ryan Scott
I get more disturbed all the time when I hear about abuse of power and unlawful conduct at the hands of law enforcement agencies across the country. There are so many who just don’t feel safe any more when it comes to interactions with those we should trust the most. How deeply disturbing when we read about 3 incidences that happened in our back yard with Border Patrol.
Perhaps we would have heard more outrage, except for the fact that many good BP agents are friends or family who would never behave in such a way. But then this is an agency whose lists of infractions are longer than most would like to think about. A recent change of the federal head of the agency finally put a stop to shooting and killing unarmed “rock throwers” across the border. How fortunate for us that our local reporter was on the scene of one of the incidences. We were able to sense through him the helplessness that is felt when a citizen is either given unlawful orders, or is trying their very best to comply and are still abused. Law enforcement tells us, ‘Just comply with the officer’s orders, and everything will be ok.’ The Constitution tells us there is a limit to what an officer of the law can do to us. Although BP has managed to exempt themselves from some aspects of illegal search and seizure, we just read about cases with our neighbors where their actions went way too far. I would love to see follow up reporting done on these cases, as well as others that can be turned up. I, personally, am weary of witnessing local law enforcement violating laws that we are held to. A local citizen gets arrested and we read all about it. Border Patrol and area Sheriff Departments do as they wish and we just have to cower, hoping that they don’t have an axe to grind with me.
I would like to voice my anxiety toward the impending selection of Oscar Aguero as superintendent. Aguero, who was given the interim title this year after the abrupt departure of our previous superintendent in the fall, has very limited experience as any sort of school administrator, much less superintendent.
Corn has been cultivated in Mexico for 9000 years. Mexico is also the number one market for American corn exports. Legislation has been proposed in Mexico to boycott U.S. corn in reaction to the Trump administration’s stance on trade with Mexico including the threat to withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA.
Mexico Deputy economy minister Juan Carlos Baker told the Financial Times that negotiations are underway with Argentina and Brazil to offer them duty-free access to the Mexican market now enjoyed by the U.S. growers under the terms of the North American Free Trade agreement. As a candidate, Trump called The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the worst trade deal ever signed in this country.
When you have such a bully in Washington, me as a Mexican senator and a Mexican citizen, I need to say this very loud and clear. Mexico is a serious player. Mexico has been a friend but it can stop collaborating.
Trump had best give Mexico the time of the day, if they want to have Mexico buying 2.6 billion dollars of corn each and every year. If Trump’s behavior causes the Mexican to have to buy their corn from other countries – it could mean big loses for our corn growers and cost Trump the next election.