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New Mexico News Services COVID-19 opinion columns

The two columnists, Merilee Dannemann, author of the column Triple Spaced Again, which regularly show up in newspapers belong to the New Mexico News Services, will offer columns to the Beat during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the editor of New Mexico News Services, Sherry Robinson, will also offer her opinion column, All She Wrote, for the Beat readership. 

As with all columns, the editor of the Beat may or may not agree with the opinions express in these columns. 

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Merilee Dannemann/Triple Spaced Again
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THRU 6-1-20

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Sherry Robinson/ All She Wrote
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THRU 6/1/20

By Sherry Robinson

All She Wrote

When you vote in the primary election, here's something to keep in mind: Our economy is in tatters, and it'll take years to recover. We need people in Santa Fe who understand business, job creation, and the economy.

In this campaign, much has been made of a handful veteran Democratic senators, mostly men, challenged by progressive female newcomers. The debates turn on a small number of issues, and the language used is deceptive.

By Merilee Dannemann
Triple Spaced Again

If you've been seeing the TV commercials for candidates for Congress in New Mexico, you've seen two very different concepts about what voters want, divided by political party and by geography.

In Congressional District 3, seven Democrats are on the primary ballot, running for the open seat vacated by Ben Ray Lujan. I've seen commercials for most of them. They are smiling at the camera, bringing their families into the picture, mentioning issue priorities like healthcare, and even showing some humor.

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Sherry Robinson/ All She Wrote
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THRU 5/25/20

Latest study shows masks, social distancing work

By Sherry Robinson
All She Wrote

Business people I know want desperately to be open, but they also want to do the right thing. One plans to reopen her small-town café with a few scattered tables but worries that customers will give her a hard time for trying to distance diners from each other.

Another wears a mask to protect himself and hopes customers will wear masks, but he doesn't plan to enforce mask wearing in his shop. It's his nature to be welcoming, and he can't afford to run anybody off.

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Merilee Dannemann/Triple Spaced Again
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THRU 5-25-20

Staying at attention

By Merilee Dannemann
Triple Spaced Again

When you were young, did you ever do something that you knew was wrong and you shouldn't have gotten away with, but you did? Maybe you said your first swear word or smoked a cigarette behind the barn, and then you waited for the awful consequences from either your parents or On High. Waited and waited but nothing happened.

You wondered whether you could get away with it again. Over time, you realized that some transgressions are more serious than others and that sometimes, when consequences finally arrive, it might be too late.

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Harold Morgan/ New Mexico Progress
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THRU 5/25/20

A conservative sensibility would help special session

By Harold Morgan
New Mexico Progress

A legislative special session is necessary to deal with the humongous blows to the state's previously forecast revenue for the 2021 budget year that begins July 1.

The revenue situation is so uncertain and perilous that the state's consensus revenue estimating group has done a preliminary review of the economic and financial situation. It's ugly.

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Sherry Robinson/ All She Wrote
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THRU 5/18/20

By Sherry Robinson

All She Wrote

Looking at the positive COVID-19 numbers around the state, I have to sympathize with people in Lincoln, Sierra or San Miguel counties, which at this writing have 2, 1, and 6 cases, respectively. Lea and Eddy counties, with just 14 cases each, don't sound awful.

Why couldn't those counties reopen?

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Merilee Dannemann/Triple Spaced Again

By Merilee Dannemann 

Triple Spaced Again

Even though everything before the coronavirus now seems like a distant memory, it wasn't long ago that half the nation's partisan voters were still tussling over who their presidential nominee would be. New Mexico was poised to play its usual meaningless role in that decision because our presidential primary is held in June.

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Sherry Robinson/ All She Wrote

By Sherry Robinson

All She Wrote

Mayor Martin "Modey" Hicks made national news lately for defying both the coronavirus and the governor by ordering businesses in Grants to reopen.

Down the road in Gallup, where cases have exploded, his counterpart begged the governor for a lockdown.

Only in New Mexico.

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