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Most of us have heard about Remdesivir and Regeneron, monoclonal antibodies, that are approved by CDC, WHO and FDA for the treatment of Covid-19.
Did you notice any three-letter agency that was left out? It's the National Institutes of Health, NIH.
If you are unfamiliar with the NIH, it is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world. You may read its mission and goals at this link:
Notice the words "enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability." Can you wonder if the federal government of the U.S.A is paying any attention to this mission?
Yes, I'm asking you to research things yourself. Do NOT take my word for it. But please keep reading.
New Mexico Electric Bills Now 14th Highest in the Nation
Albuquerque – The latest numbers from Choose Energy show New Mexicans are paying nearly 5 percent more for electricity than at the same time last year. Additionally, while the national price for power per kilowatt hour is 13.9 cents, families in the Land of Enchantment are shelling out 14.49 cents for the same amount of electricity. In fact, New Mexico is now paying the 14th highest electric bills in the nation trailing only California, Hawaii, and states in the Northeast.
The high electric bills in New Mexico provide a stark contrast to the rhetoric from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham who is trying to convince the public that because of her “mini” Green New Deal energy costs are going down.
“Every New Mexican knows they’re paying more for electricity and gasoline and yet Governor Lujan Grisham continually says the opposite. It’s really unclear if she’s being intentionally untruthful or if she simply doesn’t get it,” said Larry Behrens, Communications Director for Power The Future. “While our families are paying more for energy, our state also suffers from some of the worst unemployment in the nation all because of our Governor’s alliance to extreme special interests.”
By Paul J. Gessing
Kurt Steinhaus has been on the job for just a month or so, but he has already put forth some policies and ideas regarding New Mexico's education system that leave us scratching our heads.
We all want our children to do better in school so that they are prepared to be productive workers and informed citizens. That is not an easy task, and it is made even more difficult by the pandemic and the government's reaction to it.
The first question is why PED has chosen not to release standardized testing data that it has from March of 2020 prior to the Pandemic. Yes, only 10% of students took the test, but there is still useful information to be gleaned from the 10% that took it. That's especially true since there will be no data available at all for 2021. We know New Mexico students began the pandemic behind their peers in other states, but New Mexico families and our education leaders deserve to have at least some insights into where things stood right before the pandemic.
More bizarre are comments Steinhaus made in early October at a Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC). When asked what New Mexico would need to do to "make New Mexico teacher salaries competitive" he claimed the State would "have to double teacher salaries."
Ken Ortiz - President, New Mexico Automotive Dealers Association
The recent opening of a Tesla facility on Nambe Pueblo land, which is considered sovereign, as well as a recent editorial in the Albuquerque Journal (page A-13 9/29/21) has prompted the New Mexico Auto Dealers Association to clearly state our position on electric vehicles and, in no uncertain terms, proudly communicate that this state's franchised automotive dealers are leading the way in retail sales and service of EVs.
EVs and Hybrids have been available through the NM franchised dealer network for more than 20 years. Today, auto dealers from Farmington to Carlsbad, Roswell to Gallup and Santa Fe to Las Cruces, are bringing EVs to market in every corner of the state. Our manufactures have embraced the global challenge to reduce greenhouse gas-emissions and to continue to bring more EV and Hybrid vehicles to market in the coming months and years.
Our business model has evolved, reinvented itself and has proven effective over the years by incentivizing competition that drives down prices for customers. To meet the government and automakers goals for EVs, we are leveraging the existing network of 120 NM dealerships and their 13,000+ professional staff. Dealerships know better than anyone how to fit consumers into vehicles that work for them, at prices they can afford – while providing financing, trade-ins and service for the lifetime of the vehicle. New Mexico franchised dealers will be essential in bridging the gap between the niches within the EV market currently and truly making an impact to our climate over the long-term by appealing to the vast majority of car and truck buyers across New Mexico.
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES – New Mexico's Public Education Department (PED), under the leadership of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, yesterday released its proposed rule to implement new K-12 Social Studies Standards that is loaded with Critical Race Theory.
Rebecca Dow, a member of the Legislative Education Study Committee and a candidate for Governor gave the following statement:
"Lujan Grisham and her marxist allies seem to be hyper-focused on telling New Mexicans that they are raising racist children and that the government needs to intervene through secretive critical race theory re-education. It is clear that this Governor has put politics above the needs of our students. When will New Mexicans hold these bad actors accountable for a total lack of testing data during Lujan Grisham's term? We have extremely high teacher vacancy rates, absolutely no testing data, and the majority of students are at least a year behind! This is all information Lujan Grisham's staff is providing, yet she is focused on telling New Mexico parents that they are racist and she will re-educate our students. New Mexicans are smarter than what she and her staff believe, and change is coming! MLG has promised a "moon shot" of education reform...We are going to moon-shot over her miserable failures when I am Governor."
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.