I had been hoping for several comments on my post last week about whether our state’s name — New Mexico — has been a hindrance to its development and success compared to other states.
I was disappointed that I received only one response, from a very dear friend who agreed with me that the name New Mexico might have been a factor in limiting progress of “The Land of Enchantment.”
“I too have wondered if the name New Mexico has hindered our progress and development compared to neighboring states,” he said. He mentioned an incident at a Mountain West basketball tournament several years ago when fans of the University of Utah held up a sign which said “Old or new, it’s still Mexico.”
There was also a controversial t-shirt sold by Abercrombie and Fitch in the early 2000s which said “New Mexico — cleaner than the Old Mexico.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Another company is still offering them for sale, and if you’re interested, you can find them on the internet.
At any rate, I was hoping for more comments from my readers, but it appears I have been “silenced as a lamb” (Okay, I’ve earned the right to use a few bad puns). However, you still have time to comment and I hope you do. You can either e-mail me directly or post it on the website.
There were a couple of interesting things about the post, however. The first was that the original post only stayed up for a few hours. I had to recreate it and post it again on Sunday. Was it censorship from a Mexican anti-defamation group? And then I noticed on my website host page that the post had been viewed more than just about any other post I’ve written. The website lists what country the viewers are from and if you guessed they were from Mexico, you’d be wrong. Nope — there were 41 views from Canada. Go figure.