Our Remarkable State New Mexico, as seen by former U. S. Congressman
and United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson
"New Mexico's Best"
By Richard Mahler
was born to U.S.-Mexican parents and grew up in Mexico City. After
moving to New Mexico in the late 1970s, he was elected to Congress,
where he served seven terms. During that time he built an international
reputation as a peacemaker-defusing volatile situations in North
Korea, Burma, Haiti, Bosnia, Cuba and Iraq, as well as New Mexico-and
was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. During the Clinton presidency
he served as House minority whip, United Nations ambassador and
Department of Energy secretary. Here's his perspective on his
"New Mexico, while home to extraordinary
museums, art galleries and restaurants, is more a state of mind,
illuminated by contrasts so poignant they capture the interests
of all who visit our remarkable state and encounter its warm and
"New Mexico is world-renowned for
advancements in science and technology, but intermingling threads
of yesteryear weave an alluring pattern of past and present, old
and new. Remnants of historic Route 66 border bustling freeways;
ghost towns and frontier forts scatter about computer-chip companies
and Air Force bases; ranches and dairies surround nuclear-research
"Few states can claim such multifaceted
landscapes as can New Mexico. Both metropolitan areas and rural
communities alike lie amid rugged mesas and canyons, rocky deserts,
snowcapped mountains and rolling plains.
"These magnificent contrasts represent
the best of New Mexico to me."
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