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By Senator Pete Campos

Capital outlay funding is a controversial and difficult process. The demand for state money far exceeds the funds available; for the 2018 legislative session, state and local governments have requested over $2 billion for capital outlay funded by general obligation and severance tax bonds. The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the General Services Department and legislators are responsible for prioritizing these requests and allocating funds, but frequently find themselves missing the tools necessary to do so.

Once again, we have seen the intolerant behavior of the Left in the defacing of a sign created to show support for President Trump. The message on this sign was partially altered with vulgar wording and even fired upon with what may have been a shotgun. The hypocrisy of Liberals, Leftists, and Democrats just goes on and on.

Any viewpoint that doesn't conform to their belief is answered with violence and destruction. Those who claim to be Anti-Fascists need to study a little bit of history where they just may discover that their behavior parallels Fascism in Nazi Germany and Italy during the 1930s and a big part of that was to silence the opposition. How about practicing what you preach and start showing some respect to people who don't see things as you do? Is that too much to ask? Isn't that what Democracy is all about?

Women rule the world. This weekend women across the US were encouraging one another to run for office, to vote, and to “resist.”

Although we need more balance in New Mexico elected leadership, I want to encourage women across our state to lead where they are.

We already have the collective power to change our communities!

Women dominate early childhood in NM. Let’s assure every child under our watch is safe, healthy, and ready for school.

By Senator Pete Campos
As the new year commences, we look to the current legislative session with optimistic caution. Despite a modest increase in state revenue, the budget must address growing state and local needs, federal tax changes and the need for gradual tax modernization. We will approach the 2018 legislative session with a delicate balance of spending, investing, saving and vision-building for the future. We will prioritize the state budget to address people's real needs, reinvigorating our residents' confidence and their roles in our future economy. The legislature will focus heavily on mental health, public safety, benefits to our elderly, child protective services and health services for underserved communities. We will seek to stabilize the state's revenue to allow for more strategic and long-term planning. I will work hard during the session to improve the lives of constituents throughout the state of New Mexico.

To the Editor
Comments on article “Should Mustang Football be dropped”

Here are some statistics about the Western Athletic Program.

Western has 219 student athletes. 106 of them are in the football program. 30 of the 219 athletes are from New Mexico and 5 of them are from the tri-county area.

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Comment on Article: Color Guard disrespected at WNMU basketball games

I received an e-mail in reply to a query on this matter from an official of the University. It appears that the disrespect mentioned by Jose Ray and Pat Cano is the policy of the University. Most of the Lone Star Conference members are playing the anthem before the student-athletes take the court for introductions. It is up to each team, home or away, if they are on the court during the salute to colors. The coaches and players are just following orders.

The e-mail said, with all the controversy surrounding the disruption and disrespect of the National Anthem, the policy of WNMU was not to have the team on the court during the salute to colors.

By Tsiporah Nephesh, Executive Director, New Mexico Thrives

Nonprofits are a crucial part of the fabric that strengthens our communities. Many provide vital services, while others add to the quality of life. But nonprofits will have a diminished role in New Mexico if Governor Martinez gets her way. She would like to end the tax exemption for nonprofits as part of a plan to close tax loopholes. But nonprofit tax exemptions are not loopholes.

Governor Martinez is talking about restructuring the tax system in such a way that it could have devastating impacts on how nonprofits operate. New Mexicans should be taking notice.

To the Editor:

The following are comments on the article about: “The Grant County Prospectors held their annual Legislative Communications Forum on Nov. 28, 2017 at Western New Mexico University's Light Hall”.

The comments are on the presentation by President Shepard.

According to the article, “Shepard said the biggest need is compensation, as no one on the faculty and staff has had a raise in years”. This is not true, the top administrators received a combined salary increase of over $106,000 this fiscal year, and here are the details:

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