August 9, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists examine the disproportionately high rate of opioids dispensed by one drugstore in Española from 2006 to 2012. Opioid prescription rates have dropped since then, but The Line questions whether red flags should have been raised sooner, the state’s efforts to control prescription pain medicine, and whether someone should ultimately be held accountable.
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science professor
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital
August 2, 2019 – A retelling of history by organizers of the 50th Española Valley Fiesta has drawn criticism from some who say it ignores historical violence. The Rio Grande Sun’s Nathanael King wrote in a July 19 article that organizers aimed to make the Fiesta more culturally inclusive while reenacting Spanish Conquistador Juan de Oñate’s arrival in the Valley. Yet speakers at the Fiesta and an accompanying conference downplayed the violence the Spaniards inflicted upon Pueblo inhabitants. Gene Grant and The Line panelists discuss the event and cultural sensitivity.
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former state representative
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management