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By Senator Pete Campos

In recent decades, the structure of the New Mexican family has changed significantly. For example, grandparents raise young children, and single parents struggle to make paychecks stretch for another month. Even the most idealized families must now watch as their children combat — and sometimes fall prey to — drugs and alcohol at increasingly younger ages. In these trying times, a village is not always enough. Sometimes, it takes a state to raise a child.

The Grant County commissioners have been gathering information on health care and hospitals, including Gila Regional Medical Center for more than a year. Commissioners began the process in March 2017, when the hospital was facing dire financial issues. In June 2017, they approved a contractor with perceived expertise, Juniper Advisory.

The Juniper Advisory website states its principles: Juniper was founded on the belief that a critical need exists in the hospital industry for an advisory firm which is both qualified to provide experienced and dedicated strategic advice and free of potential conflicts of interest created within larger, multi-product financial service companies.

Sounds good, right? But if you look at Transactions on the website, the first one is expanding. The rest state so-and-so medical center has been acquired by mostly large national firms or have merged or formed a joint venture or entered into a management agreement.

With the 74th D-Day anniversary just past, picture in your mind’s eye a 1943 squadron of B-17 bombers flying towards their target in Germany.

The pilots and navigators are keeping on a straight-line course, the bombardiers intently focusing through their Norton Bombsights—while the rest of the crew, turret gunners, waist gunners and tail gunners are all shooting at the many attacking German fighter planes twisting through the squadron formation—and the flak from German anti-aircraft guns is exploding all around them, buffeting the B-17s.

Finally over their targets, the squadron drops their payload and returns to home base. Then they reload and fly back to do it again—and again—and again!! Despite being bullet-ridden, their targets are hit!

20180512 101959Since my previous article from a few months ago which discussed the defacing of a billboard carrying a pro-President Trump message, we have again seen how spiteful some of our fellow citizens can become. Previously, portions of this sign were painted over with obscenities and fired upon with a shotgun. This time, individuals who are obviously anti-Trumpers proceeded to cut down the sign entirely making sure that a message that they do not agree with could not be seen and enjoyed by others.

[Editor's Note: Peter Burrows' comments are posted in Libertarian Leanings on this site under columns.]

By Steve Fischmann, Democratic Candidate for PRC District 5

One of the great frustrations as a candidate for public office is dealing with folks who hear what they want to hear, no matter what you actually say.

Such is the case with Peter Burrows May 18 column. In his zeal to paint me as an eco-nut, he has repeatedly misrepresented what I said at a recent PRC candidate forum. He leaps to conclusions about energy storage and renewables with little understanding of electrical grid operation and economics.

LAS CRUCES, NM – Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump administration official and business law professor, filed a lawsuit today against New Mexico State University alleging wrongful termination, breach of contract, denial of due process, defamation, creation of a hostile work environment, and racial and religious discrimination because he is a conservative pro-life Christian and also an enrolled tribal member running as a Republican for Congress.

Among other things, Clarkson's suit seeks a temporary restraining order enjoining NMSU from processing his termination until all internal appeal processes have been exhausted.

Op-Ed on work requirements
May 15, 2018 Silver City, NM

The Southwest New Mexico Regional Food Policy Council was established in January 2014, with the purpose of increasing access to healthy, affordable food and supporting local agriculture. The council also advocates for local and state policy that helps ensure those in New Mexico to have enough healthy food to eat. Due to this goal there are concerns regarding proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity in our state and is the first line of defense against hunger for the working poor. The program is part of the USDA’s Farm Bill and it is up for re-authorization this month.

SNAP, previously known as the Food Stamp Program, is a government program designed to assist low income families to pay for food. The program provides participants with a small monthly stipend on a debit card that can only be used to buy food. To qualify, most households have-to pass a gross income test, a net income test, or both. Currently, most able-bodied adults under the age of 50 must also work to qualify. The USDA is proposing to increase this upper age limit to 60 years old and sanctioning those who refuse to work a 20-hour week by taking away their benefits. In addition, time limits are proposed for those receiving SNAP benefits following a period of un-employment. Currently, SNAP guidelines allow states to have the flexibility to temporarily waive work requirements for areas of the state during periods of elevated unemployment. This ability is under review and may be eliminated entirely.

For months I have followed the progress or failure debates about the status of our Gila Regional Medical Center with much confusion, betrayed, disappointed, and sometime angry feelings. I now feel that it is the time to express some of them.

Yes, I feel that we were very much overboard with the salary on the top level, but that seems to be taken care of. I will never get over the sneaky, under handed, backstabbing manner in which the GRMC Board of Trustees got rid of our Cancer Center and TRIED to replace it with UNM Hospital. Note -- I said TRIED -- it has not been completely staffed and not up to "par" yet, There is no way that we can assess the damage that it did to the many patients depending on it and the millions of dollars it cost GRMC. I understand that there was one member of the Board who voted against this action.

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