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In the mid 1800s, philosopher Arthur Shopenhauer wrote of collectivized thought: "There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted."
A century and a half later, novelist Martin Cruz Smith observed of the political exploitation of collectivized thought: "A lifetime of bowing to authority shapes people."
Fast forward several decades—approximately to the day after tomorrow since we live in a time when history is revised daily—and contemplate a retrospective.
Proposed Ordinance 1293 ~ my comments
I offer my input about why I oppose this well intentioned ordinance as you debate Ordinance 1293 "REGARDING THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS BY EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS WHEN INSIDE PLACES OF BUSINESS AND BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHEN IN PUBLIC PLACES."
I have studied the data provided by New Mexico on its public web sites. I also have the detailed data for every state since each started reporting COVID19 stats, and I have studied the governor's orders, the state's plan, and their gating criteria.
This coming week the Town of Silver City Council will continue to hear public input on a town ordinance that city councilor Cynthia Bettison is sponsoring to force Silver City residents to wear masks in town while conducting business or in public places. You can read the ordinance here. It would require individuals in Silver City to wear masks any time they are "in public" which includes exercising, according to the ordinance.
Face covering requirement.
1. The use of a face covering is required by every person within the boundaries of the Town of Silver City as detailed below. Every person over the age of thirteen (13) must wear a face covering when:
Albuquerque – Despite triple-digit temperatures forecast for areas of the state, New Mexico's largest utility is asking families to keep the thermostat turned up higher in their homes. In a Facebook post, PNM says forecasted clouds mean the utility's solar panels won't be able to produce the power New Mexicans could need.
"Sadly, New Mexico's families must continue to face the real consequences of pushing an agenda that doesn't provide power when we need it most," said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. "It's inconceivable that while our children are forced to stay home to go to school, our families have to endure higher temperatures because radical environmentalists and their allies in Santa Fe didn't account for a cloudy day."
I usually worry about silly little things, such as will it really rain, should I take an umbrella? Does this pair of shoes look OK? I'm so "over" that!
But after listening to the latest news out of the state of New Mexico on the virus, which was predominantly GOOD news, they kept pushing the same old "guidelines"—wear your mask, stay 6 feet apart from any other individual, wash your hands frequently, don't join any large gatherings, my worries increased.
I'm tired of being isolated and staying home. Even when I take the dog for a walk, I so hope that I will see a neighbor to have a short chat, even if it's from 6 feet away.
Author: Representative Gregg Schmedes, Tijeras
In our recent special legislative session, I introduced legislation (HB11) to remove the power that the state of New Mexico currently holds to force individuals—under threat of house arrest— to vaccinate people against their will, in the case of a public health crisis.
The Governor would not allow my legislation to be given a hearing.
At the time, I spoke to many folks who thought my concerns were alarmist. Unfortunately, no one can think that now.
Albuquerque – New Mexico's critical energy economy is under further threat with Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris for his running mate. During a September 2019 Presidential Debate, Senator Harris said:
"There's no question, I'm in favor of a fracking ban."
This radical position is in line with Joe Biden's pledge to attack fracking as well.
By Paul Gessing
With New Mexico still in the throes of COVID19 it is easy to forget about other major public policy issues affecting the State and its economy.
Just over two years ago, in the Janus v. AFSCME decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that working for state or local government should not come with a requirement that those employees hand over a portion of their hard-earned money to unions with whom they often disagree. In the time since the decision, many government workers in New Mexico have exercised these rights by leaving their unions in droves.
Four NEW classifieds for furniture and an REI screen house
A new classified just came in from a fellow looking for work doing thinning, fire protection work, etc.
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