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Madame G guide to the stars Week of DECemBER 9

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Paraskevidekatriaphobia! Say that three times fast… It’s fear of the number 13. Did you know scientists believe fear actually creates self-fulfilling prophecies and accidents? Madame G recommends taking fate into your own hands create your own luck. Happy Friday 13th!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You’re soaring to new...

New immigration rule could cost New Mexicans millions

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Homeland Security rules could cost thousands of jobs

ALBUQUERQUE  - New Mexico could lose an estimated $146 million in federal funds if the Department of Homeland Security is able to implement rules it promulgated regarding government benefits, including nutrition and health care services. That lack of federal funds would translate to a loss to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) of as much as $285 million, as well as 1,937 jobs, and $17 million in state tax revenue. That’s according to a policy brief co-released Nov. 25 by the Fiscal Policy Institute of New York and New Mexico Voices for Children.

The new rules would add several safety-net programs to the current list of...

Facts vs. opinions with regard to gun violence

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When there’s data we can use the data, when there are opinions, let’s use mine.  That seems to sum up the gun debate to date. Are the following suggested causes of gun violence and suggested solutions opinions or facts? It’s due to mental illness, ban assault rifles, arm law abiding citizens, arm school teachers, temporarily remove guns from violent domestic partners, ban large ammunition magazines, owners need to secure their weapons, go to “gun school,” etc.

The simple fact is we really don’t know exactly what combination of actions will work to prevent gun violence. While the mass killings get the headlines, most gun homicides occur when one, two or three people are...

Madame G guide to the stars Week of DECemBER 2

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Dashing through the snow…well, there might be snow. Here in New Mexico the idea of a “White Christmas” is always a little delusional. Besides, snow doesn’t mean you’re having a good time. Madame G recommends that instead of following some else’s idea of a good Christmas or life, why don’t you make up your own version. I bet yours is better anyway.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You’re not perfect and the world is going to disappoint you. But, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You also don’t have to lower your standards. You can maintain a high standard of excellence for yourself and still exert the least amount of effort worrying about it. Instead, take action when...

A Democrat’s take on the Democratic Forum

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Recently, the McKinley County Democrats hosted the Democratic candidates for Congress at a congenial Town Hall in Gallup. Seven of the nine candidates were available to answer questions. An estimated 100 people attended.

The candidates in attendance were Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Santa Fe attorney whose work is assisting tribes and pueblos securing infrastructure improvements, Marco Serna, the Santa Fe District Attorney, Kyle Tisdel, a public interest environmental attorney, Valerie Plame, a former CIA Operations Officer who was outed by the Bush II administration, Laura Montoya, Sandoval County Treasurer, Joseph Sanchez, a State Representative and an electrical engineer working at Los...

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