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Letter to editor congratulating Silver Schools for Golden Chile Award

Congrats to Silver Schools for Golden Chile award

Congratulations to Silver City Consolidated Schools and Frontier Food Hub for earning top awards in the Golden Chile Award Program by connecting students to locally grown food!

The State recognized 66 schools, preschools, senior centers and growers statewide for their involvement in the NM Grown Program this year. Silver Schools' award honors school officials' efforts buying local produce for student meals, cultivating edible school gardens and teaching students the value of growing and eating nutritious produce. Frontier Food Hub's award reflects their commitment to provide their community with freshly grown food.

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Letter to editor on gun responsibility

Sep. 26, 2023

Dear Editor,

I applaud Governor Lujan-Grisham’s courage to issue an emergency firearms suspension, classified as a public health safety, across Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least 30 days in response to the death of an 11-year-old boy in early September. Let’s take this time to pause and think what kind of a country we have become; one fixated on gun rights and ownership, a country with more guns than people. 

Responsibility is the key concept for gun ownership, one in which we are failing pathetically as a nation. Guns are instruments of death, so having strict boundaries on training and types of guns allowed is reasonable. NM law does not require a waiting period to purchase a gun. Does this make sense? Guns are not the equalizing instruments as some claim because we live in an unequal society. Rather, guns make existing inequalities more volatile.

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Letter to Editor on carbon sequestration

Dear Editor: 

I had the opportunity to meet Governor Gordon, when I was manning the Converse County Republican booth on the Midway at the WY State Fair last month.  I am disappointed in the stance Governor Gordon and other Western Governors are taking to promote carbon emissions capture or 'carbon sequestration,' as they are now calling it.  

We all learned the process of photosynthesis in seventh grade biology, but it seems that many have forgotten their early education.  I looked it up again to make sure.  Carbon dioxide is a natural and necessary component of our atmosphere.  Our plants and trees cannot exist without it.  All plants exhale Oxygen during daylight hours, then when the sun goes down, they exhale Carbon Dioxide.  

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Gun Mandate - Round 2


I realize lawyers can be wordy, and sometimes tricky in the application of their trade. Or, so it may appear to the average individual, including myself.

Which seems to be the case in New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's gun control regulation, previously struck down by a federal judge, forbidding law abiding citizens from openly carrying or concealing, a private firearm in Albuquerque or Bernalillo County.

Since the judge found Ms. Grisham's original gun proclamation to be in violation of an individual's constitutional rights, it seems she simply redressed the executive order, and handed it over to her secretary of health, Mr. Patrick M. Allen.

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HMS Letter to the Editor

Capital Outlay Funding for Senior Services in Grant County

At the Grant County Commissioners meeting held on August 30, 2023, there was a lengthy discussion regarding the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plans (ICIP) submitted to the County for approval by Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS). County officials had requested that a representative from HMS be present at the meeting to discuss these items, which were tabled at a previous commission meeting. Unfortunately, this request for attendance received by email was missed, and representation was not fulfilled. Dr. Dan Otero, HMS CEO, personally apologized for the oversight directly in writing to each County commissioner, the County Manager, and the Planning and Community Development Director. HMS extends its gratitude to the County Commission and County officials for moving forward on their approvals with the limited data and clarification needed.

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Letter to Editor about MLG's most recent executive order


In what has to be a very questionable legal issue, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's 30-day suspension of lawful open and concealed carry of firearms in Albuquerque -- under the guise that gun violence has become a health issue -- doesn't pass the smell test.

Similar to many frivolous COVID mandates, restricting a citizen's constitutional right to carry a firearm because a small minority of individuals willfully create havoc and violence with a gun, makes about as much sense as telling an employee his job is not essential as the worker across the street in a big box store.

Through the brouhaha created by the COVID hysteria, some state governors have assumed they have the authority to enact select mandates and executive orders, and impose fines and penalties whenever they feel inclined to do so.

But, to declare a 30-day suspension of gun rights upon people of a particular community, or geographical location, because of firearms related shootings; while at the same time not equally applying the same edict upon the rest of the state citizenry, certainly appears to be a blatant violation of her office.

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Letter to Editor on Japan releasing radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean

Dear Editor,

Despite all protests and opposition from clear-thinking, nature-loving people, Japan has begun releasing radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, where a lot of the world's food supply comes from. Mark this date and tell your grandchildren that you read it here: THIS IS A MISTAKE FOR ALL THE WORLD!

If this water were "safe" as claimed by those doing it, they would just pump it into the Tokyo water system and drink it. They won't dare. If we had a functioning president instead of Biden, he would have worked with major world leaders to get this disaster stopped. It is more important immediately than any climate change measures.

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Letter to Editor opposed to use of herbicides for forest thinning.

Dear Editor,

In regards to recent reports that Grant County residents are objecting to the use of herbicides for a proposed forest thinning project on state and federal lands in the Gila and near us, I would like to submit this humble opinion, please.

This is so crazy. I oppose ALL use of herbicides in Grant County, in New Mexico, and in the United States. No politician in all of New Mexico should support this poison being spread, to breathe and be tracked into homes, schools, and livestock. Glyphosate/Round-Up is a carcinogen. None of these herbicides belong in our food, soil, wildlife, or water. Next, your surrounding wells will be like the poor PFAS veterans. This will be another Agent Orange catastrophe for our people, who will suffer, like my own cousin Randy, who was drafted for Vietnam and died from it.

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