Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Taos, The Dark Side

It’s distressing to write about the darker side of Taos: the murder rate among younger people, high school non-graduation rates especially Native Americans, domestic abuse, an epidemic of diabetes, tensions and hostilities between the various cultural groups that make up Northern New Mexico, a school system struggling to measure up, and difficulties transitioning from rule by los primos to a transparent and representative government.

For some, the dark side drives them away. For so many more, we live surrounded by beauty in a truly remarkable community.

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