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All past letters are archived in that location as well.

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Letter To The Editor: Wake Up Before It’s too late!

By PAM PRICHARD
Los Alamos

New Mexico seems about to legalize marijuana, but first we should take some advice from other states where it is already legal.

John Hickenlooper, who was governor of Colorado when it was legalized there in 2012, says it was a “bad idea”.
It is still illegal federally (in fact Congress banned it in D.C. even though voters there were in favor of it).
There are no federal regulations or restrictions regarding the potency of various marijuana “products”. The concentration of THC in marijuana has increased exponentially since the 60s, it has led to an increase in crime as well

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Ringside Seat: Public Money No Longer Pays Clergy To Deliver Prayer At Daily Opening Of House Floor Session

By MILAN SIMONICH
Santa Fe New Mexican

Brian Egolf, speaker of the state House of Representatives, has done something that might be politically incorrect but is sure to be popular with his members.

Egolf, D-Santa Fe, no longer is using public money to pay bishops, rabbis, priests and preachers to deliver a prayer in the House as it begins its daily floor session.

Now, House members themselves will give the invocation. All of them will offer the same message, give or take several useless adverbs.

Whether Democrat or Republican, the politician in solemn tones will ask for wisdom, divine guidance

Tales Of Our Times: Combating Pollutant Plumes In Groundwater Is Slow-Going

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Combating Pollutant Plumes In Groundwater Is Slow-Going

The U.S. EPA delivered unwelcome news five months ago about Española’s stubborn problems at the “North Railroad Avenue Plume Superfund Site”.

A letter from the EPA told the New Mexico Environment Department that the problems of it now belong to the NMED. The details of the case keep shifting, which makes the primary lesson clearer: Cleaning up pollution messes is immensely harder than avoiding them from the start.

The story goes back more than 50 years and has


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Q&A: Congressional Candidate Teresa Fernandez

Congressional District 3 Candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Democratic candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

LEGER FERNANDEZ: I have spent the past 30 years working with and on behalf of our communities


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Drug Policy Alliance On NM Bill To Legalize Cannabis

DPA News:

Below is a statement from New Mexico State Director Emily Kaltenbach for the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to the cannabis legalization legislation (NM SB115) introduced Friday:

“Having worked towards cannabis legalization in New Mexico for the better part of the last decade, we are excited by the possibility for New Mexico to become the 12th state in the country to legalize and regulate cannabis.

“Sen. Ortiz y Pino and Rep. Martinez’s legislation puts local communities and New Mexican families first. Many of the bill provisions reflect DPA’s priorities, including creating


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Letter To The Editor: County Snow Removal Crews Deserve Our Thanks And A Raise

By REID PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos

I write to express my appreciation to county snow removal crews.

This season, they have worked both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and now they’re working again overnight. It is hard work, the hours are bad, and it takes a lot of time and expertise.

I am currently sitting in my pleasant living room while the snow stays comfortably outside.

I think it is important for citizens to keep in mind that the reason they are warm and safe at home is other human beings. There are lots of people performing essential labor that’s easy to forget about when done right.

In this case, it’s


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Letter To The Editor: Bringing Back The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

An “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act” bill is being introduced to the State Legislature by our Governor and her fellow Democrats this month.

Putting Lipstick on a Pig doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a Pig. No matter how you name it, it is still a “Red Flag Law” and it’s pure garbage legislation at its worst!

“No law shall be passed that does NOT allow ‘Due Process’ or gives the accused the right to know who their accuser is.” It should provide court-appointed counsel to respondents who can’t afford lawyers or choose not to hire them. Legal representation is


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