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Report: Food Tax could harm low income New Mexicans

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Costs outweigh benefits

ALBUQUERQUE—Reinstating a tax on the sale of food for consumption at home could harm the health of New Mexicans who are already food insecure—meaning they don’t always have enough to eat. And while the revenue generated from a tax on food could be used to mitigate some of the damage the tax...

THARS GOLD DOWN BY THE PERKY- Part One

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The Prescription for Downtown’s Woes is a Healthy Dose of Free Enterprise.

In past years I have written about the untapped potential in the heart of Gallup, so with recent interest in the north-tracks district expressed by a Downtown Redevelopment Plan it bears repeating.

Remember when the Courthouse Square was constructed? Several structures were demolished and despite the plaza’s horrible location (you can’t even see it from the streets) the open spaces and parking were a downtown upgrade and the newly constructed Camille’s became an overnight sensation.

So with downtown redevelopment plans under way in attempts by the city to garner more funding I found it a little...

CURBSIDE RECYCLING – What it Could Mean for Gallup

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Recycling, particularly Curbside Recycling, is the “smart” thing for communities to do. Cost factors such as (1) the high cost of creating a new landfill cell for trash [.5 million],  (2) higher cost for transporting that trash to the Red Rocks Landfill in Thoreau [fuel and personnel], and  (3) tipping fees paid on the amount of trash generated by the citizens of Gallup and deposited in the landfill have made Curbside Recycling a more attractive option.  These cost savings can add dollars to recycling and solid waste infrastructure.

Our overly consumptive lifestyle combined with an overly compulsive need to just throw stuff away has filled our landfills with items that can be...

Schaller's Politically Incorrect Lexicon: A Navigation Guide To The PC Cultures of Mckinley County NM (and planet earth )

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CHAPTER TWELVE: I DON’T CATCH THE SUSTAINABILITY OF YOUR DRIFT, PARDNER – Part One, A Primer for the Sustainable Gallup Board

SUSTAINABILITY: The basic idea is ‘indefinitely repeatable’ however sustainability has become an euphemism for a fundamentalist faith marking out a new and larger ideological territory in which curtailing economic, political, and intellectual liberty is the price that must be paid now to ensure the welfare of future generations. The cavemen certainly had tremendous difficulties obtaining sustainable resources however nowadays to say we’ve only scratched the surface is to significantly understate how little of this planet’s potential we’ve unlocked...

Five NM Child Advocates to be honored at Spirit of Hope Gala

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ALBUQUERQUE—Five New Mexicans who have spent their lives working on behalf of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents will be honored at the Spirit of Hope Awards Gala on November 21, 2015. The annual event is a fundraiser for the child advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children. The honorees are:

• Kathie Winograd, Ed.D., President of Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)

• Lance Chilton, MD, an Albuquerque pediatrician who taught at University Hospital

• Representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela, who serves Santa Fe County in the state Legislature

• Ted Martinez, who has served on the APS school board, Director of the UNM Student Union, and President of...

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