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[Editor's Note: Peter Burrows' comments are posted in Libertarian Leanings on this site under columns.]

By Steve Fischmann, Democratic Candidate for PRC District 5

One of the great frustrations as a candidate for public office is dealing with folks who hear what they want to hear, no matter what you actually say.

Such is the case with Peter Burrows May 18 column. In his zeal to paint me as an eco-nut, he has repeatedly misrepresented what I said at a recent PRC candidate forum. He leaps to conclusions about energy storage and renewables with little understanding of electrical grid operation and economics.

LAS CRUCES, NM – Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump administration official and business law professor, filed a lawsuit today against New Mexico State University alleging wrongful termination, breach of contract, denial of due process, defamation, creation of a hostile work environment, and racial and religious discrimination because he is a conservative pro-life Christian and also an enrolled tribal member running as a Republican for Congress.

Among other things, Clarkson's suit seeks a temporary restraining order enjoining NMSU from processing his termination until all internal appeal processes have been exhausted.

Op-Ed on work requirements
May 15, 2018 Silver City, NM

The Southwest New Mexico Regional Food Policy Council was established in January 2014, with the purpose of increasing access to healthy, affordable food and supporting local agriculture. The council also advocates for local and state policy that helps ensure those in New Mexico to have enough healthy food to eat. Due to this goal there are concerns regarding proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity in our state and is the first line of defense against hunger for the working poor. The program is part of the USDA’s Farm Bill and it is up for re-authorization this month.

SNAP, previously known as the Food Stamp Program, is a government program designed to assist low income families to pay for food. The program provides participants with a small monthly stipend on a debit card that can only be used to buy food. To qualify, most households have-to pass a gross income test, a net income test, or both. Currently, most able-bodied adults under the age of 50 must also work to qualify. The USDA is proposing to increase this upper age limit to 60 years old and sanctioning those who refuse to work a 20-hour week by taking away their benefits. In addition, time limits are proposed for those receiving SNAP benefits following a period of un-employment. Currently, SNAP guidelines allow states to have the flexibility to temporarily waive work requirements for areas of the state during periods of elevated unemployment. This ability is under review and may be eliminated entirely.

For months I have followed the progress or failure debates about the status of our Gila Regional Medical Center with much confusion, betrayed, disappointed, and sometime angry feelings. I now feel that it is the time to express some of them.

Yes, I feel that we were very much overboard with the salary on the top level, but that seems to be taken care of. I will never get over the sneaky, under handed, backstabbing manner in which the GRMC Board of Trustees got rid of our Cancer Center and TRIED to replace it with UNM Hospital. Note -- I said TRIED -- it has not been completely staffed and not up to "par" yet, There is no way that we can assess the damage that it did to the many patients depending on it and the millions of dollars it cost GRMC. I understand that there was one member of the Board who voted against this action.

New Mexico needs an up-to-date economic strategy. Legal constraints and climatic fluctuations are decreasing reliable water supply for agriculture. Market forces and negative environmental impacts are challenging the viability of oil and gas production. Investments in federal facilities and programs are under attack. And politically-driven obstacles threaten the state’s expanding role in international trade.

We’re going to have to be smart, proactive, and flexible to deal with these challenges.For too long, our business development model has focused on cutting taxes for the wealthy and incentivizing relocation of out-of-state corporations, while slashing investment in the public sector. After decades of waiting for economic benefits to trickle down, things are as bad as ever for most New Mexicans.

by USDA RD state director Arthur A. Garcia

Some people remember when many rural households didn't have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there's still lots of room for improvement. In fact, our American infrastructure used to be the envy of the world, but now it's in disrepair.

By Senator Pete Campos

From time to time, as I travel around my district and to other areas of the state, I hear criticism that the Legislature has not done enough to solve one problem or another. Take your pick: our economy, capital outlay, education, crime. The list goes on.

Silver City, NM – Last week, the Trump administration planned to deploy thousands of members of the National Guard to the Southern Border. According to recent reports by the Los Angeles Times, Secretary of Defense James Mattis has signed an order to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border. Since the announcement, Governor Susanna Martinez has openly supported the effort. The orders have been met with resistance from activists and government officials alike, and Rep. Rudy Martinez (D-39) says that President Trump's actions are not necessary and that Governor Martinez should not support such a policy.

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