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Voices Across New Mexico Agree: The Ivey-Soto Investigation Reveals Major Issues in Legislature's Anti-Harassment Policies and Process  

New Mexico State Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto has been credibly accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and other forms of abuse – and the independent special counsel hired by the legislature determined there was probable cause. However, the legislature's flawed process has stood in the way of holding Ivey-Soto accountable. 

Read the below op-ed by former Navy officer Merritt Hamilton Allen and then the Albuquerque Journal's editorial pointing out the flaws in the legislature's process:

Carlsbad Current Argus: The Legislature's anti-harassment policy is clouded in secrecy by Merritt Hamilton Allen

Remember the sexual harassment complaint filed against Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, Senate Rules Committee Chairman, earlier this year? You probably haven't heard much about it.

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New Mexico outpaces nation on welfare recipients (and it's not even close)

Sometimes statistics on New Mexico just blow you away. A report from World Population Review highlights states based on welfare recipients per population for 2022. The surprising thing isn't that New Mexico is at the top of the list. What's amazing is how big it's lead is relative to states.

In fact, based on the data below New Mexico's rate of welfare receipt is 23% higher than the next highest state. Rarely do such massive differences exist when comparing the 50 states, let alone on a critical issue like welfare.

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Ivey-Soto allegations and accountability

STOP IVEY-SOTO: New Website - StopIveySoto.com - Issues Three Demands on Senate Leadership

Daniel Ivey-Soto Has Been Credibly Accused by Multiple Women of Sexual Harassment, Bullying, and Abuse … He Now Claims The Investigation Into His Behavior is Over Despite No Public Release

GROUPS: "We do not accept the premise that this sham process was legitimate or the final arbiter of accountability… We will not back down."

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Vocational High Schools in New Mexico – Now is the Time!

As we begin a new school year thousands of families across our state are sending their children to school. Unfortunately, some will not as their high school student has decided to drop out of school instead. They will not be alone; the Public Education Department indicates that 24% of high school students statewide will do the same - one out of every four. As we continue to lead the nation in dropout rates, the time has come to join the many other states who offer another way for students to earn their high school diploma - vocational school.

This may seem odd coming from someone who has worked in a college-preparatory school much of his career. However, I have always believed that parents should have a choice in where and how their children attend school. Regardless the type of schooling a student completes, a well-educated society benefits us all. To become a more prosperous state we must expand our thinking beyond the traditional and move into the possible.

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Another bribe?

The federal executive branch has put out notice that it plans to "forgive" up to $10,000 of student debt for every student holding loans they took out for a college degree, and some up to $20,000.

Why should you or I, who did not have student debt or paid it off as soon as we could, pay through our taxes someone else's loans they took on, never thinking about how they were going to pay them off?

When you borrow money for whatever reason, to buy a home, to purchase a car or to go to college to study some useless degree, you have a responsibility to pay that loan off to the entity that you borrowed from. Granted some loans come through the federal government's loan programs, but you still agreed when you took out the loan that you would pay it off.

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Letter to Editor on Indian boarding schools

Dear Editor,

The Santa Fe Friends Meeting (Quakers) requests publication of the following letter on Indian boarding schools. Thank you.

Between 1796 and 1969, in 408 schools across 37 states and in over 1,000 other institutions, including Indian day schools, orphanages, and asylums, Native American and Alaska Native children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in Indian boarding schools. There, the children were forced to reject their Native languages, cultures, and spiritual practices, and adopt Euro-American culture. Native Americans continue to suffer from the multi-generational trauma caused by policies of forced assimilation and cultural genocide.

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NM's self-inflicted doctor shortage

NM's self-inflicted doctor shortage
By Paul Gessing

There is a life-or-death issue facing New Mexicans. It has been widely reported on in the media and is important to New Mexicans from all walks of life. Voters will have a lot to say about it this November. The issue is our shortage of medical professionals. 

If you live in rural New Mexico you have likely faced severe challenges in finding specialists for years, but according to one recent report, 32 of New Mexico's 33 counties (excepting Los Alamos) face a shortage of primary care physicians. This doesn't even consider the shortage of specialists which is even more pronounced in certain fields. 

Reports have reiterated the fact that (as our population ages and our doctors age as well), our State faces an even greater need for doctors in the years ahead.

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Will you vote in the midterms?

Many registered voters believe that the only time they need to vote is during a presidential election year. Think again. Don’t you want to pick who runs your town, your school, your neighborhood and your state?

Because as an American citizen, you have the privilege of voting for your local, state and federal officials, you should take every opportunity to vote. Your vote lets those officials, especially the local ones, know that you have chosen them to represent you. If you don’t vote, then those chosen may not have your best interests in mind.

If you have concerns about what may have been potential fraud in the 2020 election, did you know that your voter history is available online?

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