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AFTNM Respond To Budgetary Vetoes

on April 10, 2017 - 4:53pm
AFTNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“As expected, though unnecessary, Governor Martinez vetoed large swaths of the responsible, bi-partisan budget passed during the recent legislative session. Our union had hoped Governor Martinez would come to her senses and do what is best for New Mexicans, but her actions confirmed what many observers had long suspected – her line-item vetoes were less about ideology and more about settling petty scores with the Legislature.
 
“Governor Martinez’s vetoes

Letter To The Editor: Council Meeting Thoughts

on April 10, 2017 - 2:26pm
By DAVE JONES
Los Alamos
 
I attended the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night to support President Trump’s temporary immigration ban and to oppose the proposed resolution relating to immigration.
 
Here are a few of my takeaway thoughts from that meeting:
 
Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated that, because the Council went beyond their purview many times and have gotten away with it, they could continue doing so. That’s not my opinion. What that tells me is that we need to watch the Council more closely and prevent them from going beyond their purview in the first place.
 

Scam Alert: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans About ‘Can You Hear Me’ Scams

on April 10, 2017 - 1:05pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a Scam Alert regarding “Can you hear me” phone scams.
 
Scammers attempt to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account.
 
According to complaints the Office of the Attorney General and the FCC have received, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such

Heinrich Statement On Recusal Of Nunes From House Russia Investigation

on April 10, 2017 - 9:42am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the recusal of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russian election meddling last year amid ethics accusations:
 
“Chairman Nunes’ bizarre behavior and inappropriate coordination with the White House compromised the integrity of the House investigation.

Letter To The Editor: There Will Be A Time For Compassion But For Now Immigrants Must Be Vetted

on April 10, 2017 - 8:31am

By MARTHA JONES
Los Alamos

After reading the proposed resolution constructed by Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, and agreed upon by Council Chair David Izraelevitz, I too am voicing my opinion.

The history of immigration in our country has had different issues to take into consideration over the past two centuries. Our government has had to implement various policies and procedures about immigration to fit our needs. From the very early days in 1875 restrictions and policies barred convicts and prostitutes from entering.

Letter To The Editor: Budget Time, Los Alamos ... Let's Not Go Down A Rabbit Hole

on April 10, 2017 - 7:56am
By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

Budget time, Los Alamos! Once more down the rabbit hole. 

Our Sheriff is the wabbit, leading us on. Even though the voters last fall simply chose to keep the office as it was then (register sex offenders, wear the Hat), he now approaches the council announcing that the result was a mandate to expand the office so he can provide unspecified “services” to the tune of $348,118 (link).

Now we see the end game: TOYS! A $65,000 ¾ ton truck with a gooseneck hitch for transporting HORSES – to scenes!

Letter To The Editor: Governor's Glowing Picture Of Education At Odds With Data

on April 9, 2017 - 4:27pm
By J. TAUB
Los Alamos

What a glowing picture of education in New Mexico as presented by Governor Martinez in her April 2 announcement of changes to the teacher evaluation system - what many teachers feel is a tiny step in the right direction to simply superficial. 

Reading on through her missive, what should I believe - the Governor’s rosy picture of public education in New Mexico, or various education review evaluations that appear annually? For instance, the one reported on by Kim Burgess, Jan. 4, 2017, Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer, Study: NM ranks 49th in quality of education

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Introduces Resolution Recognizing National Public Health Week

on April 9, 2017 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a resolution in Congress this week to in support of the goals and mission of National Public Health Week, April 3-9, as a part of the efforts to continue working towards a healthier America.

The theme for this year's National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Associateion (APHA), is “Healthiest Nation 2030”, emphasizing a goal of making America the healthiest nation in one generation. A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S.

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