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arthur garcia rsArthur GarciaNot long ago, the United States was a world leader in infrastructure investments. Federal and private funding helped even the most remote communities obtain electricity, running water and access to the rest of the world through telecommunications.

There’s a well-known observation that close inspection of how legislation is made, is very much like watching sausage being created. In both cases it’s very unappetizing.

This process was on display recently with the machinations going on with the annual federal legislation for our military: the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). To understand the missed opportunity here, one needs to have a bit of background as to how we got to where we are today.

BOUTIQUE AIR
5 Third Street, Suite 320 San Francisco, CA 94103 t. 415.449.0505
f. 415.737.7671
Department of Transportation
Essential Air Service Division
United States Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590
Dear DOT, Grant County Commissioners, and Boutique Air Customers, My name is Shawn Simpson and I am the CEO of Boutique Air.

July 25, 2018
I’m writing today because on July 10th the Grant County Commissioners voted to replace Boutique Air with a new carrier that has no experience in rural community air service: Advanced Air.

Relevant documents may be read under Reference documents on www.nmcapentity.org .

The New Mexico Central Arizona Project is not out of time, as has been alleged. The legal deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. Plans are not incomplete but are evolving, as the NEPA process goes forward.

Many studies and reviews have already been completed in the past 10 years by various consultants and engineers.

Irrigators belonging to the seven diversions along the Gila River and on the San Francisco diversions WANT and NEED this water to fulfill their adjudicated allocations.

By: Paul Gessing

On Friday, July 21, Judge Sarah Singleton ruled that New Mexico's K-12 funding is "inadequate." I read the 75 page decision and there is not a great deal of new information or especially interesting reasoning, but I did learn that "there are four states, including New Mexico, that require that the education be adequate or sufficient." However, three states require that the education be high quality, and nine states require that it be suitable.

On Thursday July 19, Grant County residents asked their commissioners to cancel the county’s contract with Wildlife Services, a rogue federal agency that kills millions of native wild animals each year at the behest of private industry and wealthy individuals. More than 70 people submitted letters and 22 stated their opposition at the meeting to continuing the contract. None spoke in favor of continuing the contract. Despite the overwhelming public opposition, only Commissioners Browne and Edwards listened to and reflected the will of their constituents. Commissioners Ramos, Kasten, and Billings voted to renew the contract with Wildlife Services and continue endangering the public with traps, poisons and snares.

"The Great Divide?"

The current atmosphere in our country appears as divisive as it must have been just before the 1860’s. Rational thought disappearing, the air full of the cacophony of mindless soundbites, talking at--not to--each other, intense polarization----how will it all end?? Hopefully in a stronger America!

Here's a pertinent quote from Newt Gingrich’s new book, “Trump’s America—The Truth About Our Nation’s Great Comeback”—near the end, page 282. (An excellent read, by the way!!)

By far the most common comment I receive from county residents opposed to a sale of Gila Regional Medical Center is that we will “lose local control.” When I ask for more specifics about what they are concerned we will lose, the answer is usually something along the lines of “local input into important decisions.”

Until a year or so ago, I strongly shared this belief. I now see it as largely a myth. The local control that means so much to so many Grant Countians is far lesser in scope and far less effective than is commonly believed.

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