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By Scott Beckstead and Marty Irby December 4, 2020

We Americans are inspired by our wild horses. We marvel at the sight of them living wild and free on our public rangelands, of stallions fighting for their family bands, of newborn foals learning to stand for the first time, of herds on the move to their grazing grounds and water holes. These incredible animals are living symbols of the American West, of our connection to its vast, untamed rangelands and of the role horses played in the building of our great nation. Decades ago, when the public learned that they were being abused, exploited and even killed by private profiteers, we rallied behind Congress to pass the Wild Free-Roaming Wild Horses and Burros Act and cheered as our beloved wild horses moved into a new era, one in which they would be celebrated and protected.

BY CARLA J. SONNTAG / President and Founder, New Mexico Business Coalition

It has been a long, devastating eight months for New Mexico. The COVID-19 virus is a force with which we must contend, and so far we're not doing very well.

There is no doubt the virus is serious, and the loss of a single life is heartbreaking. We are, however, months past the point of finding a common-sense way to address the dangers while recognizing other critical needs of New Mexicans.

By Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power the Future

Albuquerque – As New Mexico gets ready to tackle the next state budget, the priorities of Governor Lujan Grisham’s administration are clear: More money to buy electric vehicles, less money to protect senior citizens.

The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department is making a drastic decision by proposing to cut more than $1.6 million from the Adult Protective Services program which investigates reports of abuse against the elderly. The proposal would mean a cut of nearly 15% in state funding for the program.

By Carla J. Sonntag
President and Founder, New Mexico Business Coalition

It has been a long, devastating eight months for New Mexico. The COVID-19 virus is a force with which we must contend, and so far we're not doing very well.

There is no doubt the virus is serious and the loss of a single life is heartbreaking. We are, however, months past the point of finding a common sense way to address the dangers while recognizing other critical needs of New Mexicans.

By Paul J. Gessing

Recently, both the Santa Fe and Rio Rancho school districts joined Albuquerque and Las Cruces schools in abandoning any in-person learning. Instead, for the foreseeable future all learning in New Mexico's largest school districts will be done online. The odds seem very good that this situation will continue into 2021 and possibly through the end of the school year.

Oddly, while Gov. Lujan Grisham constantly tells us that her anti-COVID efforts are based "on the science" Leading health bodies like the CDC have recommended in-person learning. And, as a November 16 email distributed nationally from the New York Times put it, "

Late last week, the New Mexico Legislative Council, a bipartisan panel made up of House and Senate leadership, was presented a potential plan to hold the upcoming 2021 Legislative session in a hybrid format that would have the legislature contract with the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (SFCCC) to provide space for limited public participation during the 60 day session. The proposal is expected to be voted on next Monday following last week's lengthy discussion on the merits and pitfalls of entering into the contract and how best to protect the health and wellbeing of the public, legislative staff and members of the House and Senate.

"We have been presented with several different scenarios on conducting the Legislative Session in January," said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia). "The fact remains that the Governor is encouraging people across our state to stay indoors, limiting gatherings to no more than 5 people, restricting businesses activities, and mandating everyone wear a mask. Democrat leaders and the Governor have insisted we close churches, schools and every other facet of our lives during this pandemic. For legislators to then convene in January is disrespectful to the public who will certainly be excluded from attending committee hearings or lobbying their elected officials in-person."

COMMENTS to the Silver City Town Council for the next November council meeting 2020

The Town is considering whether to implement a curfew, perhaps as early as 7pm. I did some research and there are arguments in favor (one located) as well as opposed to curfews (many).

While I am not an expert in infectious diseases or in viral transmission, for months I have spent hours each day tracking data for NM, AZ, and the USA. This has suggested the following fact:

Infection seems to be a function of time and distance from infected persons, density of infected persons, viral load in infected persons, as well as on the use of PPE and hygiene by all.

A curfew will reduce restaurant hours, bar hours, and retail hours. Since the same number of people will patronize such businesses anyway, and since many businesses are operating below authorized capacity, the capacity utilization can and will increase with those fewer hours. That will decrease distancing or increase customer density, and that could increase viral transmission. For that reason I question the benefit of a curfew.

[Editor's Note: Sorry for the confusion. This article came to me with words missing, although they showed up on the writer's end, but not the editor's. I hate to blame it on Tech, but I can't see another viable excuse!)

America and the Law of Identity

By Michael Russell

The 2020 election represents an unprecedented, if predictable and inevitable, clash between ideologically opposite political positions. For the past three years this clash has monopolistically been misrepresented by major news outlets, resulting in countless benevolent Americans feeling vilified, alienated, frustrated, angry, even guilty. Throughout this period, however, an expression often repeated by the political left reveals the true and simple nature of the conflict.

That expression, variously phrased by various speakers, is personal shame "to be an American."

But what defines "being an American"? What, more fundamentally, is the definition of America?

Is it self-evident and universally understood? A matter of personal opinion? An expedient used to evoke an emotional-political response? Or is it specific, delimited, and objective?

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