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LTE about hearing on 2nd amendment infringing bills Monday 012924

TODAY, Monday, 29 January, New Mexico's House Judiciary Committee will hold public hearings on four U.S. Constitution 2nd Amendment-infringing bills. There is only one fact to consider regarding any detail of any proposed firearm bill in any state in the United States of America, and a single legal and moral principle underlying that fact.

America's Bill of Rights objectively and irrefutably specifies no INFRINGEMENT of the peoples' right to keep and bear arms, which by definition prevents every manner of obfuscation, obstruction, harm, and trespass -- from attempting to control manufacturing minutiae to ownership "permission" and registration to charging administrative fees to deferring an inalienable right until "the day after tomorrow."

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Letter to the Editor re: Sen. Hemphill and WNMU's Shepard

Siah opening day 225x300Courtesy photoGreat to see State Senator Siah Hemphill sporting a white mink coat for the new 2024 Legislative session, just as she grills local U President on 'supposed' excessive Shepard and the University Regents (a) broaden Western's curriculum, (b) expand the student base, (c) improve the campus infrastructure, (d) resurrect a Cultural Calendar of events...with Mariachi Plata de Western; and now, as just reported, (e) possibly expanding the academia of job training and associate instruction to Santa Clara, NM, while working with SW New Mexico's largest employer.

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Joe Shepard – No Friend to Grant County

Dear Editor:

Dr Joseph Shepard's days of robbing WNMU University funds for his own benefit may be coming to an end. This latest article from Searchlight New Mexico, an investigative journalism organization,  gives many of the details.

Joe, a smooth talking, always smiling, morally bankrupt individual, and his wife, Valerie Plame, being complicit in this corruption, both need to be shown the door and kicked out of Grant County.

The University Regents who have participated in and condoned this corruption also need to be held accountable. It sickens me when I think back to the days when I considered Joe Shepard to be a friend and an honest community leader.

Mark S Donnell, MD Silver City, NM

Progressive Socialism and the selective application of the 1st Amendment

In October 2023, Physicians for Informed Consent [PIC] a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, was pleased to observe the California legislature and Governor Newsom repeal the misinformation statute, effective January 1, 2024. This meant a doctor could not be censured or suspended for merely speaking out against the covid dogma promoted by the Surgeon General. A win for the 1st Amendment. Wait, not so fast.

At the same time last year, a medical doctor (not a PIC member) was accused by the Medical Board of California for "failure to wear a mask" during a patient visit, and making statements such as "masks don't stop viruses" and "encouraging the use of veterinary ivermectin" for COVID-19, without informing the patient that "she was advising actions/inactions that fell below the standard of care in the community." Last month the physician surrendered her medical license.

The PIC again filed suit. PIC General counsel, Greg Glaser, Esq., "This new lawsuit is necessary because the medical boards in California are still not respecting the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and doctors' speech is being chilled."

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Letter to the Editor Re: WNMU use of funds

One of the biggest cases of corruption in southern New Mexico has recently been identified by the investigative news organization, Searchlight New Mexico. Over the last several years, Dr Joseph Shepard, the president of WNMU, has misused more than $100,000 of University money for the personal benefit of himself, his wife and several of the University Regents. Some of this money was used for lavish trips to Africa for his little group of co-conspirators. Other funds were spent on very high-end furnishings for his University house, and extravagant lodging and meals when he (frequently) traveled to Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

However, Dr Shepard is no dummy. He and his wife have friends in very high places, extending to the Governor’s office, who may be able to bury these misdeeds before he ever has to answer for them. 

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Letter to editor on the "cause" of massive immigration

While the Immigration issue lingers on and on without solutions, perhaps it's time to consider the "cause" of this massive immigration. Immigration is just the symptom and the cause has never been dealt with.

Unfortunately the cause probably won't ever be because our multinational corporations that do business in foreign countries do so because labor is cheaper there than creating and maintaining jobs for Americans at home, and the health, safety and environmental regulations are minimal at best .

United Fruit Company which later became Chiquita is well remembered for its exploitation, displacement and murder of indigenous peoples in Central American countries for cheap banana production. The CIA was involved, helping to overthrow democratically elected leaders so they could be replaced with leaders more compliant to the needs of big business.

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In Joe's Case, It's Way More Than "the Economy, Stupid!"


In Joe's Case, It's Way More Than "the Economy, Stupid!"
By Mike Bibb

Hope the U.S. House Oversight Committee investigating Joe Biden -- and his circle of friends and relatives -- don't run out of subpoena forms.

Previously, House subpoenas were issued to Joe's son Hunter Biden, Joe's brother James Biden, and Biden business associate Rob Walker.

Now, we've learned at least four additional subpoenas have been served to Eric Schwerin and Mervyn Yan, art gallery owner George Berges and art collector Elizabeth Naftali.

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Letter to Editor Re: opinion article in SCDP

Re: Pinos Altos thinning opinion letter

Dear editor, A recent opinion article published in the Silver City Daily Press on October 5, 2023 contained a factual error that I would like to correct. The letter was regarding recent thinning work and herbicide spraying on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands near Pinos Altos. The letter incorrectly associated the Gila National Forest's proposed Silver City West Hazardous Fuels Reduction project, for which a public meeting was held in August 2023, with the current action on BLM public lands.

The USDA Forest Service and the BLM are separate federal agencies, each responsible for managing its own lands. Gila National Forest does not take management actions (other than firefighting under interagency agreements) on BLM-managed lands. Decisions about how the BLM implements land management actions, such as fuels reduction and application of herbicide belong to the BLM.

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