Mayor Louis Huning of Los Lunas has announced he will be resigning. He is suffering from Parkinson's disease. He has been Mayor in that community for over 25 years. While I was Mayor of Albuquerque he was one of my favorite colleagues. Mayor Huning was always present at the regional Mayor's lunches that I initiated. He had a good view seeing the region's governments as a close association for planning purposes. He is just a very nice guy.
At the same time I watched the Archdiocese of Santa Fe flexing its muscle to kill stem cell research legislation in New Mexico. I don't know if Mayor Huning agrees with this or not. However, it is hoped that stem cell research can lead to cures for diseases like Parkinson's disease.
It is perplexing that the Catholic Church would be so against the death penalty but be cavalier about saving lives by fettering science's ability to find cures through stem cell research. It is just bizarre.