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A walk through history

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Some lawmakers are forced to crack open the books

By Jay Miller

The first week of this decade’s special legislative session on redistricting has been anything but exciting.
The only action has been complaints from Democratic leaders that Gov. Susana Martinez has loaded other items onto the agenda, something no other governor has done.
And now we have complaints from Republican lawmakers that nothing is happening so they should be considering items the governor added to the agenda.
Interest about that argument has its limits so let’s move on to looking at some truly momentous events that occurred on this date in past years.
On Sept. 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo delivered his Grito to the people of Delores, Mexico, calling on them to unite in overthrowing the Spanish government.
What followed was a bloody 11-year war of independence.
The little town of Delores still uses the letters cdr, Corazon del Revolution, in its address.
Why doesn’t Mexico celebrate its victory in 1821 instead of the beginning of the revolution?
We do the same with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
Fr. Hidalgo was inspired by the American and French revolutions. So were most of the Latin American countries. On Sept. 17, 1841, the Gov. Manuel Armijo of New Mexico and his troops captured the advance party leading a Texas invasion.


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