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By Senator Pete Campos 

 At its core, this article is about water and its life-or-death importance here in the desert, but not in the typical sense. Much has been written and said about water being among our most precious resources, and with good reason. We need to administer it wisely. Watersheds, rivers, acequias and community ditches are all vital parts of our water systems, but dams are perhaps the most important pieces of water infrastructure, which is not talked about nearly enough. The critical nature of dams does not involve just the delivery of water so much as the storage of water.

 Under a best-case scenario, dams hold spring runoff water in lakes and reservoirs for delivery in drier summer months. Dams are a crucial component of the complex system by which the state administers water to users and meets its delivery obligations to other states. Lakes and reservoirs also provide some measure of recreational value through camping, boating and fishing.

By Paul Gessing

According to the latest estimates from Santa Fe, the State’s General Fund budget is expected to be $7.882 billion next fiscal year. When Gov. Martinez left office in 2018 the budget was “only” $6.3 billion. In two short years, New Mexico’s budget will have grown by more than $1.5 billion, a 25 percent increase.

With the current group in charge New Mexico government is going to grow fat on oil and gas revenues while average New Mexicans pay higher taxes due to hikes passed during 2019.

Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 12:02am https://www.abqjournal.com/1394228/usmca-will-help-nms-agricultural-communities.html
It may seem odd to many that a state legislator who represents rural communities is penning an op-ed focused on international trade agreements. However, international trade plays a significant role in rural New Mexico. Conducted wisely, it can strengthen rural communities and create economic opportunity.

New Mexico agriculture, an export-oriented sector, is a multibillion-dollar industry – and, for rural communities across the state, a significant economic driver. According to a report written by New Mexico First, “in every region except the state’s Northwest and Metro regions, the total impact from agriculture ranks in the top five industry sectors.” However, increased access to international markets and modernized trade agreements will set the stage for continued growth in the agriculture sector.

No, New Mexico doesn’t need a gas tax hike
By Paul J. Gessing

As we move toward 2020 and the start of the short, 30-day legislative session, there are some who want the big-spenders in Santa Fe to raise taxes once again on hard-working New Mexicans.

In 2019, the Legislature, despite a massive surplus, passed the largest tax hike in New Mexico history. Although this was completely unnecessary, a portion of that money supposedly went to improving our roads. If that is still inadequate, there is plenty of surplus revenue sloshing around in the Roundhouse to ensure that roads across New Mexico are improved.

(BPT) ­ Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is a time to honor veterans — and this year, to mark important milestones for the holiday and for service to these American heroes.

A century ago, on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the armistice ending World War I, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the nation asking Americans to reflect on World War I and to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service, and with gratitude for the victory.” Seven years later, an Act of Congress made “Armistice Day” an official U.S. holiday dedicated to peace. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks began a personal campaign to expand the meaning of Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led the first national celebration of veterans in 1947 and just eight years later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a new law establishing Veterans Day.

As we pause this Veterans Day to remember those who protected our nation’s freedom, and those still serving today, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) also celebrates its 100th anniversary.

By Representative Rudy Martinez

Every year on Veterans Day we take the time to commemorate those who honorably served our country. Parades, meals, and prayers remember and bless those who served, those we lost, and those still serving. For me, it’s a somber day filled with tradition, and as a Vietnam veteran who served 4 years in the Air Force, this day is also a reminder that government can and should always strive to do better by our veterans and their families.

The American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance is the foundation of who we are as American citizens and the sacrifice our veterans have made for our great country. I still recall as a young soldier at Fort Knox how our commanding officer explained the importance of respecting and honoring our flag and the men and women who fought for our freedom.

It was 36 years ago today, that until 11 Sep 2001, the most horrific terrorist attack was committed against the US was the Beirut Barracks bombing. It seems that people have decided it is a footnote in History, but to those of us who have served, and especially US Marines and Corpsman it will never be forgotten. 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and three soldiers were killed in their barracks and a further 128 were wounded when an Iranian backed group known as Islamic Jihad (later known as Hezbollah) detonated a truck bomb at this barracks. Those troops were there as peacekeepers supporting a UN mission following the 1982 Israel/PLO War, in order to provide safety to those in Beirut who had been stricken by that War.

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