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New monument to Women’s Suffrage strikes a chord for children, families

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ALBUQUERQUE— New Mexico Voices for Children cheered President Obama’s designation of the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, D.C., as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument April 12.

The historic residence was the epicenter of the Suffragist Movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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ROLL CALL. Godspeed, Rick

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It’s a tough job, serving as Gallup’s general services director.

The resignation of Rick Snider, the city’s general services director until April 8, is a big loss for the city. Love him or hate him, Snider leaves behind some big shoes to fill.

The Chicago native came to the city five years ago initially to manage Gallup’s customer care center as the deputy director of information technology. Duties within the purchasing department and operations at the municipal warehouse soon became part of Snider’s domain. Lately, though, most know Snider as the guy who oversees operations at the historic El Morro Theatre and the Downtown Events Center.

Snider deserves credit for doing...

Madame G. Guide to the stars WEEK OF April 8-14, 2016

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As you finish up loose ends and projects that have been lingering and causing stress, don’t forget to look ahead. Lau Tzu said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” What is your first step? Will you arise early everyday to work out? Perhaps you wish to start your own business and have already started planning. Madame G suggests chasing your dreams with the first step before time eludes you. Go now!

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Are you lonely? Sometimes, life appears unfair and forces us to evaluate who we are, whether we want to or not. If you’ve never tried to be alone now is a good time. Develop those skills you believe are lacking. You don’t have to spend...

If tuition increases were a tax hike they’d never fly

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If tuition increases were a tax hike they’d be so massive no politician would be caught so much as thinking about them, let alone supporting them. Due in large part to New Mexico’s budget cuts to higher education over the last six years, tuition and fees have increased by 46 percent at 4-year public universities and by 34 percent at 2-year colleges. Now we get the news that students at the University of New Mexico will see another increase of about $280 in their tuition and fees next year.

That may not seem like a huge amount to some, but it’s enormous when you look at it this way: If the average New Mexico adult was expected to pay an extra $280 a year in gross receipts taxes...

County premature to hire new manager during election season

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April 4, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016 the County Commissioners is meeting in closed session on what to do to fill the County Manager position after Bill Lee leaves in May 2016 to run for the District 3 County Commissioner position.

Here is what I think.  Simply appoint an Acting County Manager for the rest of the year.    When I become County Manager in August 2011 the County had been on auto-pilot with Acting CM’s for 9 months.

In August 2011 we had:  Doug at Attorney – Dez as HR Director – Sara Keeler as Finance Director – Theresa Diaz as Head of Purchasing and Procurement – Bernice Martinez – As Head of Grants Management – Mario Gomez as Acting Roads...

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