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Republicans claim to want border security

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What they really want is to help Trump

Why did Republicans jump to oppose a bill that would deliver exactly what they claimed to want? Because former President Donald Trump told them to.

New Mexico has a front-row seat to our country’s broken immigration system. Every day, we see the real-life consequences of that...

Crisis response jeopardized

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Dear Editor,

Did you know that vacancy rates in 911 dispatch centers and police agencies are, on average, more than 20%, and 10% of those employed have not yet been certified (required training), threatening local 24/7 emergency response?  These conditions increase response times, and public safety staff may arrive exhausted due to long shifts.  We can't effectively address crime under these conditions.   Senate Bill 13, entitled "Public Safety Recruitment  Bureau," sponsored by Maestas and Sczczepanski, is stalled in the Senate Rules Committee despite a good deal of legislative support.

SB 13 provides funding and innovative solutions, including a media campaign to reach youth...

Conservative investors’ approach to retirement planning

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Longevity risk, the possibility of outliving one’s financial resources, is a significant concern for conservative investors, particularly those nearing or at retirement age. As a retirement planner, addressing this risk is vital to ensuring my clients a secure and comfortable retirement.

The concept of longevity risk is rooted in the unpredictability of life expectancy. With advancements in healthcare and living standards, people live longer than ever. While this is a positive development, it poses a financial challenge: sustaining income over a potentially longer-than-expected retirement period. This is where annuities come into play, serving as a tool to mitigate the longevity...

Cat’s scratching may be allergies, or something more

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My cat, Buster, has been scratching under his chin for days, and the skin underneath the fur there is getting raw. What is causing this, and how do I stop the scratching and treat the injured skin? — David G., Buffalo, New York

DEAR DAVID: It’s clear that something is aggravating your cat and causing him to scratch in just one spot. The problem could be dry skin — not unusual for pets or humans in the middle of winter — or allergies. It may also be an infection, a parasite (mites or ringworm) or an allergic reaction to fleas.

If the area that Buster is scratching is not infected, you can try a few home remedies to try to relieve the itching. Oatmeal, cooked...

New Mexico needs a strong match fund to unlock rural opportunities

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could unlock new job opportunities, investments in wind and solar energy projects, improving internet connectivity, better roads and bridges, and access to clean water in rural homes, communities, and businesses across New Mexico? As the Mayor of Gallup, this vision is a long time in the making.

And now, the New Mexico Match Fund or House Bill 177, backed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, State Representative Meredith Dixon, and many others, could bring this vision to fruition and help us access major federal investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. This will help my community, as well as every corner of our...

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