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Leading from behind

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The fact that Wal-Mart has many thousands of part-time employees and long ago amassed billions of dollars that will outlive them, is not a secret.  I shine a light on this to contrast Wal-Mart’s actions, to the actions of Henry Ford, who increased the wages of his employees to the displeasure of his fellow car makers. ...

Letter to the editor: Are we opening Pandora’s Box?

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A conversation by letter between Ina Burmeister , Kitty Mason

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    March 31, 2020   5:30 pm

Contact: Ina Burmeister, Public Information Officer

Public Information Phone Line:  505-863-7100

March 30, 2020, Gallup, New Mexico - A task force has put into place an initial solution to address the need to house homeless respiratory patients needing to self-isolate while waiting for COVID-19 test results. The task force includes representatives from the State, County, City, Gallup Indian Medical Center (GIMC), Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) and Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE).

While the local task force first began...

Letter to the Editor: Avoiding COVID-19 and humans

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Dear Editor:

What did I do with the unexpected time off due to the pandemic? Well, I stayed at home to prevent germ-sharing and germ-spreading. And read about COVID-19, and watched the news about COVID-19, and talked about COVID-19.

What else did I do? Sipped coffee and gazed at the birds and squirrels outside my window. Some internet surfing. Some reading. Some writing. Texting with family, friends, and coworkers. A little cooking. A little cleaning. A little organizing. Drank decaffeinated tea. Nibbled on peanut butter eggs. Trump may cancel Easter, so I ate some of my stash of holiday candy while waiting for the COVID-19 microbes to conk out in Ohio.

Then I found some old teeth...

Letter to the editor: You can speak out for birds

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But you must do it by March 19

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918  has protected birds for 100 years. Protection stopped in 2017 when, two days before Christmas, the current administration “reinterpreted” the MBTA to protect birds only from intentional harm - that is, if the actual purpose of the activity is to kill a bird. If you stole a hawk egg, you could be prosecuted, but BP would have had no responsibility for the one million birds killed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The U.S. Dept. of the Interior now asserts the MBTA was never intended to protect birds from unintentional death, called “incidental take.” However, ordinary industrial activities kill 1-5...

Letter to the Editor: Protecting safe, legal reproductive healthcare

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As a family medicine provider in New Mexico, I see patients throughout the spectrum of their lives. From babies taking their first steps, to elders who rely on loved ones to get around, I am reminded of the diverse medical needs of my patients. I know that each patient exists within a unique set of circumstances that influence their health options and decisions and that over a single lifespan, these circumstances change. I am reminded also, that just because someone elects one option in the past does not preclude them from deciding differently in the future.

This is especially true of reproductive healthcare. As a family medicine provider, I routinely consult [with] patients on...

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