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Letter to Editor on Cancers and Roundup weed killing

When I first moved into my property in Grant County, I noticed something odd. There was no grass and no weeds at all on all this gravel yard; a completely barren lot front and back, with a residence in between. That is unnatural. I instinctively know that Mother Nature does not do that.

Now, from the second year on and my living here? There is grass all over my yard, front and back. And lots of weeds here and there. I don't mind that because that is Nature's Way. This tells us that the former owner, actually tenants, had sprayed herbicide on this ground – RoundUp -- like so many lazy, uninformed, and people of low IQs all across the nation.

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Does $454 Million Seem Like a Lot of Money?

Dear Editor: 

"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." – 8th Amendment, United States Constitution
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The first ten amendments of the United States Constitution are known as "The Bill of Rights." These original proclamations provide the foundation for the entirety of our enumerated freedoms, and government restrictions outlined within the document.

If one Amendment is violated – like a row of dominoes – it affects, in some way, all the others.

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Letter to Editor: Is Joe too old?

Is Joe Too Old?

Is President Joe Biden too old to do the job? Guess it depends upon who you talk to, which news channel you watch, or what political party suits your interests.

Joe is 81. So are a lot of people. However, there is only one 81-year-old person who is President of the United States.

That definitely narrows the focus of the discussion: Does Joe have the cognitive capacity and mental acuity to competently accomplish tasks of the office?

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LTE from Strong Believer in the Circus

Having family in New Mexico, I read The Grant County Beat article "Tickets for the Circus." I am a 5th generation member of the Masonic Lodge, a Knight Templar York Rite Mason, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a second-generation Shriner. I went to my first Shrine Circus (that I can remember) when I was age 3. Right then, I told my Dad: "I want to be a Shriner too." He said "You will have to be a Mason, first." When I reached adulthood, I did. I still enjoy circuses, as long as they are respectful toward animals. I encourage anyone who enjoys good wholesome entertainment to go to the circus if they can.


James A. Marples

Longview, Texas

LTE on helping maintain four-day school weeks

Dear Editor:
New Mexico's Legislature recently voted on a bipartisan basis to continue allowing our predominantly rural school districts to maintain four-day school weeks instead of five, so long as they meet the State's overall requirements for classroom time.

Our Governor has indicated that, despite the legislature, she may eliminate the four-day school week in New Mexico and put all schools on a five-day, 180-day schedule. We urge her not to do that.

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LTE on Hunter Biden's second chance

Dear Editor

Hunter Gets A Second Chance

As expected, Hunter Biden is going to get a second bite of the apple.

Since he willfully thumbed his nose to appear for a Congressional deposition, Congress thought it over and decided to really get tough – give Hunter another chance.

Would anyone else be granted a similar opportunity?

Unlikely. Unless, their daddy is the President of the United States.

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Letter to editor: Don't smell the dishes!

dishes photoBy: Jeff Alan
Chula Vista, CA

Many years ago when I was living in Utah with my family, I had an unusual problem with my family that I had never had before. At the time we also had a family dog.

My job when I was living at home with my family was to wash the dishes. Since we did not have a working dishwasher, I washed the dishes by hand.

One day I noticed that my family started smelling the dishes that I had washed, which is something they had never done before. I am not sure not sure why they started smelling the dishes in the first place.

Of course since I was responsible for washing the dishes, my family blamed me for the reason why the dishes smelled. My family said that the dishes smelled like our family dog. My family blaming me for smelly dishes lasted for a few years.

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Letter to the Editor exposes Democrat backroom deal

Representative Blows Whistle on Backroom Deal

By: Representative Rod Montoya (R-Farmington)

The term "hubris" comes to mind when I think of the complete disregard progressive Democrats have had for public concern during this current legislative session. An overwhelming sense of entitlement is the only thing that can make such a lack of self-awareness make any sense.

Three weeks ago, I blew the whistle on a shady plan to use millions in taxpayer dollars to provide campaign staff for state legislators. As a reminder, members of the Democratic caucus snuck $6 million dollars into the budget without any debate or more importantly, any policy details attached to it. Millions of dollars with zero strings attached for state legislators to have campaign staff on the taxpayer's dime.

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