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With long-term unemployment, why make parents work for food?

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There’s an old saying that when you’re stuck in a hole the first thing you should do is stop digging. New Mexicans are used to hearing that their home state is in the hole. We are at the bottom of the nation in everything from child well-being to poverty to hunger. Despite this, there are some up in Santa Fe who want...

Hogan’s Not-Heroes and Trump’s Wild Card Rants

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As a kid one of my favorite TV sitcoms was Hogan’s Heroes. Set in a German POW camp during World War II a group of really sharp Allied prisoners of war (most of them fliers who were shot down or parachuted to safety) were humorously and cleverly outsmarting their dimwitted and bumbling Nazi jailers. Colonel Robert Hogan proudly wore his air force leather jacket and hat through each episode. It never occurred to me that these Allied POWs were anything less than heroes, if even fictionally.

Other cinematic POW high water marks of the time were the movies The Great Escape and Von Ryan’s Express. In both of these films ensemble casts of major Hollywood stars stood up to, undermined...

Combat Hero’s Bike Build organization

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The Comfort Suites in Gallup is proud to be partnered with the Combat Hero’s Bike Build Organization.

Here members of the Combat Hero’s Bike Build along with Comfort Suites General Manager Ken Riege (USAF Veteran) and Comfort Suites Maintenance Supervisor Howard Harry pose with the latest bike donation. (Photo courtesy of Felicia Kee).

This bike was donated by Mr. Cable Hoover and will go to help a wounded warrior ride again.  The Comfort Suites first involvement with the Combat Hero’s Bike Build was in May 2015 as SSgt Brian Mast and the Run for the Wall Midway Route stopped by for a hero’s welcome.

In this photo is SSgt Brian Mast and Retired US Army Brigadier General...

No open carry at Texas fast food chain

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After years of dispute, the governor of Texas signed legislation that will allow those in Texas to carry handguns openly in public. New Mexico already allows open carry, but the move in Texas brings renewed attention to the issue of openly carrying firearms.

The bill, which will not go into effect until next year, was signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in June. One famous Texas-based fast food chain, however, told customers that non-concealed guns will not be permitted in stores.

The president of Whataburger, Preston Atkinson, issued a statement on the company’s website earlier this month regarding the new gun law and how it will affect customers. He wrote that while the company...

Welfare dependency and its unprivileged offspring

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Part 2 of 2

Last week I explored the notion of privilege in relation to racial identity, achievement and children raised in broken homes. The scientific consensus is that success and mental health are greatly heightened when children of all races are raised by both their biological mother and father.

Let’s move along to other correlations. In 1760 Benjamin Franklin observed in his travels around the world “the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves and became richer.”

Over 200 years after Ben’s observation, the 1960s War...

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