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Today all around us we see the philosophy of racism and hatred has returned. Unfortunately its ugly head has surfaced in the descendants of those who in general were victims of racism. The descendants for the most part don't even realize they have become racists.

These new racists have been confused by those who practice power politics. The power hungry politicians of the past who used racism to manipulate whites against blacks, browns, reds, and yellow, have left their legacy to today's power hungry politicians who are using the same tactics of racism and hatred to manipulate blacks, browns, reds and yellow against whites. The purpose is to benefit the power of the politicians and their financial gains at the expense of everyone else—black, brown, red, yellow and white.

In 2010 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, it required states to create health insurance exchanges for enrolling people in individual insurance plans. States were free to choose the design of their respective plans, with New Mexico selecting a federally supported but state-run healthcare exchange platform.

The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) was called “BeWellNM” and was mandated by the ACA to be up and running by the open enrollment period of October 2013. But by 2015, poor management during the construction of the site, low enrollment rates and missed budget deadlines ultimately led to millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on an ineffective website platform. Between 2010 and 2015 the State of New Mexico spent a total of $85 million to create the online health insurance exchange platform BeWellNM with little to show for its efforts, and now they’re planning to spend more and try again.

Many New Mexicans make the decision to live without health insurance not realizing that one medical emergency may lead to thousands of dollars of debt and medical bills.

Healthcare.gov reports that a broken leg can cost $7,500, and a three-day hospital stay could cost $30,000 or more. Unfortunately, it can be much worse. If the unthinkable happens and comprehensive treatments for major diseases or illnesses are required, medical bills can be hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Unfortunately, despite focused efforts to reduce healthcare costs, we are not seeing improvements fast enough! It’s not getting cheaper any time soon.

American leaders have a rare opportunity to break through partisanship and support a common sense measure that will help our state, our country, and our relationships with our neighbors to the north and south. That measure is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the recently negotiated trade agreement that replaces NAFTA and has been signed by the leaders of all three countries. All that remains is legislative approval, which is why I encourage both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress to put aside political differences and approve the USMCA for the benefit of the American constituents they both serve.

Our economy here in New Mexico depends on trade with Mexico and Canada. 63,000 New Mexico jobs are supported by these trade practices, and New Mexico exported $2 billion in goods and services to these two countries in 2017. We also benefit from the tremendous economic activity surrounding our multiple ports of entry that we share with Mexico. Under USMCA, we can expect those numbers to grow, bringing greater prosperity to New Mexico workers and business.

By Paul J. Gessing

The Rio Grande Foundation supports free market policies. New Mexico Voices for Children is on the left of the political spectrum and usually supports more government. There are vast areas of disagreement, but I believe that in the end New Mexicans across the political spectrum ALL want New Mexico’s children to do better.

That’s why it is so disappointing that Voices for Children is using the annual “Kids Count” report it publishes with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to sharpen political axes rather than working to ensure that New Mexico does the best it can for its children.

I want to refine the statement I made at Tuesday's Town Council meeting. Like the Town of Silver City, Albuquerque and Las Cruces are recycling those materials for which there is a market, such as cardboard and metal. However, reality is, especially with the recent closing of other markets like Malaysia ​https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/04/26/asia/malaysia-plastic-recycle-intl/index.html?r=https%3A% 2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F , there is no market for most plastics and other materials that are part of the Town of Silver City's single stream recycling. As we recently learned, the bulk of our single stream that we thought we were recycling was actually being placed in the landfill after sending it to Freeman.

[SPECIAL NOTE: Late this afternoon UNMH Management sent an email to all employees regarding THEIR assessment relative to negotiations. They are certainly entitled to their own fantasies, however, until long overdue compensation improvements are agreed to by both parties, we have much more work to do at the bargaining table – and it’s time that the public gets informed along the way at how unfair UNMH has treated its employees. See below for details.]

The Following Statement from District 1199 NM of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees will be delivered tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at about 8:00 AM at UNM Hospital.

Chris Mathys, Conservative Republican and Candidate for U.S. Congress
June 11, 2019

I invite everyone in southern New Mexico to read the article published on February 1, 2019 in the Roswell Daily Record titled “Torres Small gives her thoughts on border security.” I suggest the title should have been, “Torres Small gives deer in headlights look in response on border security.”

Congresswoman Torres Small is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The Democrats appointed Torres Small chairwomen to the Oversight, Management and Accountability Committee, which oversees the U.S./Mexican border crisis. Torres Small believes she “will have a chance to influence policy about the border.” My question is: when will Torres Small make any concrete decision that affects border crisis security? I believe that the facts speak for themselves.

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