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Celebrating Black History Month through education

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Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in American history. Gallup doesn’t have a huge quantity of black Americans, but prior to the building of Interstate 40, the city, like...

Sen. Munoz shares Legislative accomplishments

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The latest legislative session is now history; it is amazing what people who care about New Mexico can accomplish in 30 days. When I first campaigned for State Senator in District 4 representing Cibola, McKinley and San Juan counties, I had several priorities that I believed and still believe are important to our families and communities.

Those priorities included providing the necessary tools so everyone receives a quality education, public safety so we can be secure and protected in our homes, and helping people who struggle every day for one reason or another. These are the issues I fight for whether I am in Santa Fe or at home in Gallup. These are the lessons I learned from my...

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...

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