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Veterans communicate on issues

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The agenda was full on Feb. 25 at Don Diego’s Restaurant as about 150 veterans met in a regular meeting to talk about what is going on with some of their issues.

Dr. Eunice Muskett, a Nurse Practitioner at the Gallup CBOC, spoke on the need for veterans to focus on positivity. Muskett recently injured her leg and has not been available for patients. She reported that a second doctor should be coming to town this month, so possibly the veterans will be able to replace the “doc in a box” system that has been in place for over a year.

Steve Starkovich introduced his grandson, A.J., who won the state wrestling championship in 5A at 152 pounds, and Sunny and Joseph Lee invited...

It May Not Be PTSD

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I didn’t have PTSD, but I had chronic depression and adjustment disorder,” he explains. “There are a long list of other things that can wrong with you mentally. For some reason, the media, and social media just lumps it all in together. It is completely inaccurate and it drives most of us insane.”

Getting the correct diagnosis is very important to the road back to society and it takes a lot of support from family and friends to help the Veteran understand and make the right decisions. Decisions to self-medicate is not the answer but a doctor can decide if the condition warrants proper medication for short term or even long term.  Medication gets a bad rap many times and if...

Gallup’s luxury suites for the poor: Part two, federal housing’s checkered legacy

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Continued from last week. View first segment at www.gallupsun.com

4. Support for housing subsidies rests upon a failure to understand the importance of the means—such as marriage, hard work, and thrift—by which families improve their prospects so they can move to a better home in a better neighborhood. Better neighborhoods are not better because of something in the water but because people have built and sustained them by their efforts, their values, and their commitments. Subsidies are based on the mistaken belief that it is necessary to award a better home to all who claim “need,” however it is the effort to achieve the better home, not the home itself, that is the real...

Bigfoot: Fact, Fiction or Folklore

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I attended the recent Big Foot Seminar; having earned a science degree (forestry) and having been to and completed graduate school (Forest Ecology and Silviculture) where I took classes such as non-timber resource mgt., systems ecology and population dynamics I was curious to see how two individuals with Doctoral Degrees would present this topic.  They were believable.

However, I’ve worked in the Cascade Mountain Range, the Yaak Valley, Northern and Central California (fire), the Eastern slopes of Glacier National Park, SE Montana, N. Central Montana, NE Idaho, Maine, Georgia and Alabama, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico. I’ve hunted in most of the areas to include the Hell...

Gallup’s luxury suites for the poor: Part two, federal housing’s checkered legacy

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Hooghan Hozho’s low income housing in downtown Gallup comes at an average cost to taxpayers of $250,000 per unit and $355 per square foot (cost) compared to an average $107 per square foot (sales) for new single family houses in New Mexico. They are funded and annually subsidized by Navajo Housing Authority, HUD and USDA, and promoted to the City of Gallup as ‘mixed-income supportive housing’. They are ready for occupancy in March and a grand opening in April.

Thirty-five of the 44 units will be for low-income Navajos. Gallup currently has over 800 other ‘low-income’ housing units with lengthy waiting lists. Some may look at those numbers and wonder why there isn’t an...

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