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Letter to Editor: Why Does the BLM Need a New Rule to Do Its Job?

Citizens in a democracy should be skeptical when any government agency says it needs a new rule, especially when it says the rule won't interfere with existing rights or uses but will "enhance" the agency's efficiency and decision-making consistency.

Why does an agency need a new rule to be efficient? Why does an agency need a new rule to make science-informed decisions?

A recent rule salvo from a federal agency is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM's) proposed "Public Lands Rule." The BLM listed this rule in the Federal Register on April 3. The 75-day public comment period ends on June 20. The first public hearing was a Zoom webinar on May 15. I attended. A public, in-person meeting is scheduled for May 30 in Albuquerque at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

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Letter to Editor on homelessness

Dear Editor

I would like to address the news within our community that seems to be ignored by many. The homeless and the damage they cause to our businesses is unacceptable. Over the weekend we had a rock thrown through the front door of our business destroying the glass door. This will cost thousands of dollars to repair. In the past we have had to build a multi hundred dollar fence around the back portion of our building to prevent homeless people from building fires up against the building because law enforcement can't seem to stop them.

We have spent a ton of money on crimes that go unpunished! They get arrested and the next day they are back on the street. Our DA is totally ineffective and for some unknown reason will not charge these repeat offenders.

Please help me get this message out to someone who can make a difference and make our community a safer place for all.

Julie Williamson, qualifying broker

Silver City NM

Letter to Editor on National Prayer Day for what Christians should be doing

The Master of the Universe, our God who is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the God of Israel (the Sons of Promise), doesn't seem to respond to little things here and there. With Him, it is all or nothing. He created our planet and He created us to be on it. He has a plan and a great purpose.

In the book He authored, He outlined His expectations for His people. He adopts people of all nations into His plan, allowing them, us, to enter into His provision and protection on our loyalty oath to leave the "dark areas" that are under the control of His enemy, and to become His citizens under new rules.

Knowing our innate weaknesses and foolish ideas, He tells us to commit to His rule and serve Him in a number of ways. We need to study and learn from His book. We need to grow close to Him and obey His mandates, get to know Him personally. And we need to work together, to unify with brothers and sisters.

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Letter to editor of a letter to Rep. Terrazas

This letter is a scan of a letter to District 39 Rep. Luis Terrazas from a constituent 

Please see the PDF documents below:

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Letter to Editor on trans winner of Tour of Gila Women's race

Dear Editor:

Note to Austin Killips and promoters of the 2023 Tour of the Gila:

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27.

Roger Lanse

Arenas Valley

Letter to Editor Re: the Rock Well project in response to previous LTE from Michael Russell

Letter to editor

From Silver City Ranger District, Gila National Forest

SILVER CITY, NM, April 17, 2023 – Several weeks ago, Michael Russell posed questions related to the Rock Well project in the Burro Mountains southwest of Silver City, publishing his letter in the Grant County Beat. The Silver City Ranger District has completed its compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act by documenting the effects of the proposed action in a Categorical Exclusion. Silver City District Ranger Elizabeth Toney issued the Decision Memo supporting development of the Rock Well on 04/14/2023. The project is expected to be implemented in May 2023. Project documents, including response to comments, can be found at Forest Service ( This letter responds directly to Mr. Russell's questions from his published letter that are relevant to this project.

1) Is "water for wildlife" fundamentally what this proposal serves?

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