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By Paul J. Gessing
The news that New Mexico's oil and gas industry has again generated record-breaking revenues for the State was welcomed by policymakers and interest groups alike. But the disconnect between the State budget picture and the economic situation for average New Mexicans could not be starker. And this is one of the "problems" associated with the state's dependence on oil and gas.
Don’t get me wrong: we at the Rio Grande Foundation fully support the oil and gas industries. The so-called "progressive" Democrats in the Legislature who signed a letter to the Biden Administration earlier this year in support of the Administration’s illegal moratorium on new permits on federal lands definitely believe oil is a curse. We believe that New Mexicans are the recipients of a fabulous gift and that there is no reason for us to be among the poorest states in the nation as is currently the case.
In a news release from the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, "Pretrial justice improvements working in New Mexico," it states that the majority of those release pending trial "are not committing new crimes."
While that's good that the majority are not committing new crimes, what strikes me is that some still ARE committing new crimes. The most disturbing statistics were:
"· 95% of felony defendants were not arrested for a violent crime while on pretrial release.
· About one-tenth of one percent of the total number of released defendants were arrested for a first-degree felony – 13 out of the 10,289 felony cases reviewed by researchers.
· Four of five released felony defendants were not arrested for a crime while awaiting trial. Of those who were arrested –1,950 out of 10,289 – misdemeanors, petty misdemeanors and fourth-degree felonies accounted for most of the charged crimes."
Are You Not Entertained?
August 4, 2018 · - reprinted and shared over and over on Facebook:
We rarely get a chance to see another country's editorial about the USA
Read this excerpt from a Romanian Newspaper. The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title 'C'ntarea Americii, meaning 'Ode ToAmerica ') in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentulzilei 'The Daily Event' or 'News of the Day'.
~An Ode to America ~
Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs.
On 9/ll, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the Army, or the Secret Service that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about.
This morning I saw the news that our local hospital( in NEW YORK STATE) has shut down its maternity ward, due to multiple healthcare professionals quitting — rather than being forced to get an experimental injection!
They have bills to pay, a family to support — yet they have said: enough! Kudos to these brave, principled people, some of whom have resigned from a position that they have been involved with for decades.
How about the rest of us? At what point do we say that we're not going to take it any more?
It seems like most citizens will tolerate a loss of their rights and freedoms, if it is done gradually — like slowly turning up the temperature of a pot with a lobster in it.
Most citizens have already looked the other way about innumerable recent liberty extractions:
Albuquerque– Today, Power The Future Communications Director Larry Behrens released the following statement in response to a study cited by the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. The committee outlined how new regulations proposed by Governor Lujan Grisham will cost $730 million in lost revenue and destroy over 3,000 jobs in New Mexico's energy industry:
"This is further proof that this administration is in the pocket of the eco-extremists as they charge recklessly toward this unsustainable future for New Mexico. Democrats and Republicans agree this regulation will cost our state thousands of jobs and massive amounts of revenue, so the only question that remains is whether or not the Governor will care enough to listen."
Power The Future is a national non-profit organization advancing America's energy interests. You can learn more at www.PowerTheFuture.Com .
Albuquerque – Today, Power The Future Communications Director Larry Behrens released the following statement in response to a new poll showing sagging poll numbers for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham along with Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan:
"It's no surprise Governor Lujan Grisham, and Senators Lujan and Heinrich, are seeing their public support slide. The one thing they all have in common is their ability to ignore New Mexico's working families while only listening to radical environmentalist special interests. New Mexico is a national leader in unemployment and all these three politicians can talk about are plans to raise the price of gas, increase our electric bills, and hike the cost of cars. While these green proposals might help Lujan Grisham, Heinrich and Lujan's fundraising in San Francisco and New York, they are ultimately a tax on New Mexico's struggling families."
Power The Future is a national non-profit organization advancing America's energy interests. You can learn more at www.PowerTheFuture.Com.
This letter from State Rep. Rebecca Dow lays out the reasons why she feels that the vaccination mandate for health care workers could put our hospitals and health care services in jeopardy.
Please the PDF version of the letter below:
By Paul J. Gessing
School has begun for most New Mexico students. While every school year is different, this year is certainly more different from most. For starters, students are returning to "semi-normal" classrooms after 1.5 years of remote learning and relative chaos. Unfortunately, as of this writing schools in Rio Rancho, Carlsbad, Los Lunas, and Roswell have "temporarily" had to again go "virtual."
Lost classroom time has had a big impact on academic outcomes for New Mexico students. According to the Legislative Finance Committee, the Legislature's "in-house" think tank, K-12 students in New Mexico have fallen behind anywhere from six months to two years. Furthermore, lost classroom time will widen existing learning gaps, particularly for low-income families.