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Missionaries find a welcome in Gallup

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Gallup has always welcomed visitors, of any rank or significance down to the utterly desperate. Some arrive in expensive cars, some in beat up jalopies, but all find a welcome that in the writer’s experience is not always easy to find in other venues.

The road to Gallup for most has been Historic Route 66, up until the...

Maybe We Should Eliminate All Symbols of Socialism

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Gallup’s PCP (politically correct police) recently created a fervor of outrage by taking umbrage to a tiny Buddhist symbol of peace (as well as other benign historical uses), a sawaustika, placed among other symbols on the Spaniard coat of arms El Morro Theater logo. It looks like a propeller or whirligig to me but apparently some associate it with the German symbol of National Socialism, the swastika, although backwards. The city reacted quickly, amending the perceived micro-aggression by removing the entire coat of arms, leaving only the lettering.

There has been a long tradition of iconoclastic forceful elimination of symbols of oppression, both political and religious, from 8th...

Letter to the Editor: GOP’s genocidal policies at work

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Along with the 2016 presidential election, after its August Congressional recess, hearings will resume with this notorious Republican agenda: 1. Abrogate all treaties signed between the United States government and all 566 federally recognized tribes; 2. Dissolve all established reservation boundary lines; 3. Begin the plunder of the vast natural resources that lie under our feet (water, uranium, coal, gas, oil. etc.).

After the mass killings of millions of Indigenous peoples the U.S. government and military placed us on the “Bad Lands” dubbed “reservations” in the hope that its genocidal policies would wipe us off the face of the earth, however, we stood our grounds...

guide to the stars WEEK OF August 7-13

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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The fabulous birthday Leo would like to sink his claws into the lowly hunter that took down your kindred spirit, Cecil, and put a damper on your birthday season. Imagine you’re Cecil and armed with a 500 Nitro Express Holland & Holland … Wait, Madame G doesn’t condone the use of violence to deal with stupid humans. He’s being tried and convicted in the court of public opinion – the ultimate payback.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

If you’re wondering whether the glowing blue moon has turned your neighbors into bizarre creatures the answer is yes. Each one of them seems off kilter, carrying on in a strange fashion, such as mowing the lawn at 3 am. You wonder...

NM 49th in child well-being again: What will it take to make change?

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Another year… another ranking at the bottom of the barrel. New Mexico has ranked among the worst states in which to be a child for so long that it hardly seems like news anymore. In the 25-plus years that the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been publishing the KIDS COUNT Data Book, we’ve never ranked above 40th. Most years, we’ve ranked in the bottom five, but we can and we must do better by our kids

We have made progress in some areas. Over the last several years, child and teen death rates and teen birth rates have gone down, along with the percentage of children who lack health insurance, while high school graduation rates have gone up.

While these are positive trends, they align...

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