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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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LTE on Biden and the border

Editor--

"I'VE DONE ALL I CAN DO"

"I've done all I can do. Just give me the power. Give me the border patrol. Give me the people. The judges. Give me the people who can stop this and make it work right rationally." – President Joe Biden speaking to reporters, Jan. 30, 2024
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There are six brief sentences in President Biden's stunning assertion (above), and every one of them is out of touch with reality.

In one of his most ridiculous publicly uttered diatribes to date, Joe insists he's "done all I can do" to resolve our southern border dilemma.

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Resident compelled to reply to recent LTE

To the Editor:

I recently read Pete Stubben's letter, which commented on Senator Correa Hemphill's clothes. Too often, we are distracted from substance by fluffy things, like a NM Senator's collar or the length of a US Senator's pants. Not too long ago, US Senator John Fetterman faced pressure to shed his cargo shorts for long pants because some in the Senate felt that shorts did not reflect the decorum required of the U.S. Senate. Now, NM State Senator Correa Hemphill is being snarkily scrutinized for being too dressed up, when every photo I've seen of her on the job in our NM State Senate has shown her to reflect the decorum traditionally expected of our legislators. What happens to the issues of policy and law when we focus on how people look instead of what policies they create and the values they support?

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LTE: GRMC CEO thanks area legislators for their help

Letter to the Editor:

--- A big Thank You to Lt Governor Howie Morales, Senator Siah Correa Hemphill, Senator Crystal Diamond Brantley, Representative Luis Terrazas ---

I want to express a sincere thank you to Senator Siah Correa Hemphill. There is an important piece of legislation that added funding for rural hospitals in New Mexico (Senate Bill 161) and when Senator Hemphill found out Gila Regional Medical Center did not qualify for the funding, she went to work advocating for a change in the bill. As a trusted member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Hemphill advocated with other legislators and found a way to negotiate an amendment to the bill so more rural hospitals would have access to funds to provide essential health care services. Gila Regional Medical Center will have access to $5.7 million in additional funding because of her efforts.

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LTE on Biden's comment on the border

Dear Editor--

"I'VE DONE ALL I CAN DO"

"I've done all I can do. Just give me the power. Give me the border patrol. Give me the people. The judges. Give me the people who can stop this and make it work right rationally." – President Joe Biden speaking to reporters, Jan. 30, 2024
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There are six brief sentences in President Biden's stunning assertion (above), and every one of them is out of touch with reality.

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