This category will hold letters to the editor, as requested by at least one Beat reader. This editor agrees that letters to the editor should be separate from editorials. Letters to the editor may not reflect the opinions of the editor.
To the Editor:
The state legislature is considering spending a significant amount on technical and vocational education. How can the people of Grant County benefit for this expenditure? New Mexico has 17, two year colleges that specialize in technical and vocational education, but the closest to Silver City is in Las Cruces 100 miles away.
We have WNMU here in Silver City and WNMU does offer some technical and vocation programs granting associate and certificate degrees. The problem is that WNMU charges all of its students the same tuition and fees so that a student taking a vocational program at WNMU needs to pay about $3,400 a semester while a student in Las Cruces taking the same program at DACC pays only about $1,000 a semester. This doesn’t seem fair.
The most recent Undeniably Right column states that 78% of apprehensions on our southern border are convicted criminals, up from 45% previously.
This sounded high, so I looked at the statistics on the border patrol web site and found that 6500 of 352,000 apprehensions during FY2018 had criminal records. That works out to a bit less than 2%.
Disclaimer:This information has not been verified independently.
Every year since President Shepard took over there was an item in the audit called the “Presidential Discretionary Fund.” People close to the Foundation have told me that this fund is mainly used for presidential entertainment. However, it’s impossible to tell for sure because the Foundation will not give out any information on how they spend their money. This fund was about $50,000 a year until the 2016-17 year. In the audit 2016-17 year it appears that the discretionary fund was moved into the “Marketing and Development” entry which was $94,812 this audit. This entry was less than $2,000 in all the previous audits. So it appears that what used to be called the Discretionary Fund spent at least $92,000.
I have read Michele Connelley’s letter to the editor concerning the primary subject of the post I made about criminal intimidation and murder of journalists in Mexico. So I am both writing to her response that is germane and to the rest of the readers of the Grant County Beat simply to clarify and inform. To that end it seems necessary to point out what is obvious to me that may not be obvious to all.
Jamal Khashoggi is reported to be both a Green Card Holder in the United States and not a Green Card Holder in the United States. For our purposes that is immaterial. What is important to know is that the United States of America is officially at war with Osama Bin Laden’s group AQ and ISIS. The Muslim Brotherhood was instrumental in the overthrow of the Governments of Egypt and Libya and there is a large element in the United States that considers the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization. That Khashoggi was a personal friend and confidant of Osama Bin Laden is undisputed. Several intelligence groups maintain he is a member and supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and advocate for radical jihad with long lasting ties in Afghanistan.
I’m writing about the offensive Immigration Matters article, published on 12/30. I don’t usually agree with this writer’s opinions, but value the freedom to express oneself. However, publishing falsehoods (Kashoggi was a noted journalist and did publish with the Washington Post) is not okay. He was a visible critic of the Saudi government and his brutal death, while it may be an everyday event for the Saudis (who now have many women facing the death penalty for actively supporting women’s rights to drive, to be equal members of society), is something to be publicized and acted on. Surely as a journalist you are aware of the danger journalists face countering powerful opposition. I don’t know the exact number of journalists killed this year, but to normalize that by saying it’s an everyday event and on the other side of the world is not just reckless, poor journalism. I guess I wonder why most of the people who are so upset about the immigration issue are so filled with hate.
We’ve all seen the Charlie Brown Christmas special. Feeling uninspired by the Christmas preparations of his friends, Charlie Brown launches a personal search for the true meaning of Christmas. In the end, Charlie Brown and his friends are reminded that the true Christmas spirit isn’t represented by the perfect artificial Christmas tree or bright holiday decorations. Instead, the meaning of Christmas lies in the original Christmas story: the celebration of the humble birth of Jesus Christ.
At the center of the Christmas story is a child. A poor child, with only a manger for shelter, yet celebrated by majestic kings and humble shepherds alike.
Animals Roaming Free
In what has to be one of the least important issues of our time, the Nabisco Corporation has decided to yield to social pressure and release their assortment of cartoon-like African wild animals from their Barnum's Animals Crackers boxes. The creatures were previously incarcerated in small cardboard cages, brazenly displayed on grocery store shelves throughout the country.
First promise broken. It appears the new campaign style and message of southern New Mexico progressive democrats can be summed up with Congresswoman elect Xochitl Torres Small first vote. We watched hundreds upon hundreds of campaign ads where Congresswoman-elect Torres Small touted her moderate views. She also promised us she would be an independent voice for our district. While campaigning, Torres Small told us she wasn’t sure if she could support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker, but it only took her 10 days to vote for her instead of voting with the 32 moderate democrats who opposed Pelosi for speaker.