It’s hard to know who to believe in a hotly contested political race like the 2018 Taos mayoral election.
Without a doubt, mayoral candidates Dan Barrone and Darien Fernandez could be skirting the truth about which houses they eat in and sleep at most nights. Short of secretly camping out for several days at the addresses listed on their candidate forms, it would be hard to know for sure. Reporter Jesse Moya dug around county property and tax records, drove by the houses a few times and met the candidates at the houses they claim as their residences. Nothing proved definitively that they did or didn’t live in the residences.
If they are lying, for shame. Because if they are lying about that, what else would they lie about?
Since nothing proves they don’t live where they say they do, for shame on the people who keep accusing the two men of lying. Don’t just sling mud and make accusations; come up with some hard evidence that the two men reside full time in homes outside of the town limits. We would be more than happy to call them out if anyone has the proof.
Until then, Taos has plenty of real problems that need strong, smart and honest leaders to address. And the candidates have plenty of other baggage they need to deal with if they are going to prove they are worthy to lead or continue leading the town.
Neither the candidates nor the voters should get distracted by sound and fury that signals nothing.
Thumbs up for the Duran Duo
While Taos politicians wrangle, our fingers will be crossed for Taos Tiger wrestlers headed to the state wrestling championship this weekend. In particular, we’re giving a big thumbs up to sisters Elisha and Analiz Duran who wrestle with the boys. Only this weekend, (Feb. 16-17) the Duran sisters will be competing in the first ever girls-only bracket.
It is never easy for young women to break gender molds and compete in sports generally thought of as the male domain. But for decades, women have been doing just that, honing their skills in boxing, football, and wrestling. Women weren’t even allowed in marathons officially until the early 1970s.
So the Duran girls are in good company—pursuing the sport they both love and not allowing gender norms to get in the way.
We wish all of the wrestlers—whatever their gender —good luck and good grappling.