to the point mick richMick Rich will provide articles once or twice a week. Some will address New Mexico issues and some will talk about national issues. 

Addition: Apprenticeship Training: Learning a Good Paying Trade That Supports Families

nmabc dinner 2 2022 New Mexico Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet

WSJ 6/21/22 Commentary: Apprenticeships, Not Colleges, Can Help Reduce Unemployment

I attended the New Mexico Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet on June tenth. Looking at the filled banquet hall that evening made me realize how far NMABC Apprenticeship programs have come since 1985 when just a handful of people were committed to apprenticeship training.  

Prior to the 1980s, the only building trade apprenticeship programs offered In New Mexico were by Big Labor Unions (BLU) which were funded by each of their members. By early 1980 a group of Albuquerque Contractors decided that they want a well-trained workforce independent of BLU. Those contractors, under the banner of NMABC and the Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors (NMIEC) started merit shop apprenticeship programs.

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In 2021 Virgin Galactic Was Flying High - In 2022 Virgin Galactic Has Been Earthbound

three planesVirgin Galactic's Carrier Aircraft and Spaceplane (Virgin Galactic Photo)  

Virgin Galactic (VG) achieved great heights in 2021. Richard Branson flew into space on Virgin Galactic's space plane Unity. VG announced their goal was to launch 400 flights per year per Spaceport starting at Spaceport America in New Mexico generating a billion dollars in revenue per spaceport. VG stock prices reach an all-time high of $55.91 per share on June 25, 2021. Since then, Virgin Galactic has been in a free fall.

In 2005 Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic and Burt Rutan of Scaled Composite (SC) established The Spaceship Company  (TSC)  to build Virgin Galactic's fleet to launch tourists into space. Branson was betting on the combination of a carrier plane and a spaceplane constructed of light-weight carbon-fiber composite as the simplest and quickest way to launch tourists into space

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If Tramway Blvd Seems Unsafe, It Is; It No Longer Meets Standards for Highways

I looked forward to a smooth driving surface on New Mexico Highway 556/Tramway Boulevard when I saw the road construction signs (do I sound like a contractor/engineer?). The resurfaced roadway met my expectations, but the restriping of the highway created a dangerous situation for motorists and bicyclists while exposing New Mexico to multi-million-dollar lawsuits. 

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The Existential Threat to the World is Nuclear Annihilation  

President Biden has made our adversary more aggressive than they were already

Today’s threat of world annihilation is far different from that of the Cold War. In the 1960s, ninety percent of the nuclear weapons were possessed by the two wealthiest countries in the world. Today developing countries are building nuclear arsenals to ensure their survival against the most powerful or inflict their beliefs on non-believers.   

How did Nuclear Annihilation once again become an existential threat to the world?

In 1985 there were 70,000 nuclear weapons in existence. Nuclear arms treaties and agreements between the USSR and USA reduced the number of deployed nuclear weapons to 3,500 today. The world was much safer from a nuclear winter.

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Bernalillo County District Attorney's Actions Fuel Violent Crime Wave

Soros DA Raúl Torrez AKA Bernalillo County DA Torrez puts criminals in our neighborhoods,

Not in our jails.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez was swept into office with the support of Billionaire George Soros and his justice reform political action committee. Torrez and Soros both have demonstrated criminals do not belong in jail but in our neighborhoods. Soros and Torrez have contributed to Albuquerque being listed in the top ten Most Dangerous Cities in the nation.

In the spring of 2021, a young woman escaped an assailant that broke through the narrow window next to her front door. The assailant ended the chase when the woman sought refuge in the neighbor's home. Despite fingerprints, DNA evidence, and the AFD treating the assailant a block away from the crime, there have been no arrests or prosecution.

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APD Waits Until 11 People Are Stabbed to Respond

The Albuquerque Police Department was notified in early November 2021 that Tobias Gutierrez was wielding a knife and threatening to kill people in downtown Albuquerque. Ninety days later, APD received 911 calls that a man on a bicycle was stabbing people. APD followed a trail of bloody victims that led them to Tobias Gutierrez.

apd mick richMan wielding a knife on Central Avenue in November 2021, identified himself as Tobias Gutierrez

In early November of 2021, Michael McCutcheon and a female passenger were sitting in their vehicle filming drug trafficking at Sixth Street and Central Avenue, when a man approached their vehicle. The man began yelling, told them to leave, and threatened to kill them with his large knife. To defuse the situation she responded, “I think I know you, what is your name?”. The man responded, “Tobias Gutierrez and I don’t know you”. He then hopped on his bicycle and peddled away. She called 911 only to be told that this was a non-emergency. She then called the non-emergency number and was informed since it was only a knife, and no one was stabbed they would not respond.

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Small Business Owners Keep America Running

We need small business owners as State Legislators and Members of Congress.

The biggest challenges that small business owners face were created by national and local governments. These challenges include our broken justice system, unsafe neighborhoods, the homeless crisis, a failed education system, an ill-equipped healthcare system, a convoluted tax code, burdensome regulations, out-of-control inflation, and worker shortages. Despite the challenges, few small business owners would go back to punching a time clock.

Criminals prey upon small businesses without fear of prosecution. Our firm has had over $100,000 worth of trucks and equipment stolen. Despite some of the thieves being caught by the police with the stolen equipment, the district attorney never prosecuted the criminals. Today police are just the first step in filing an insurance loss form, not the first step in prosecuting the criminals.

Police have left small businesses to defend themselves. Our firm, like many others, spends thousands of dollars on security monitoring systems with an armed response capability, security cameras, and tracking devices for equipment and vehicles. This week Albuquerque small business owner Sihui Fang died alone in a hail of bullets defending her small business from armed criminals.

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Union Teacher Legislators Recognized for Self-Serving Accomplishments

stapletonmimi stewartIt should be against the law for legislators to vote on legislation that enriches themselves and their public employee unions

The national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a major contributor to union teachers running for state legislatures, applauded the great success NM Representative Majority Leader Stapleton and NM Senate President Pro Tem Stewart have had in New Mexico. Obviously, this fundraising piece was written before Stapleton was arrested for corruption.

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