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Want peace of mind about retirement planning? Diversify

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“Dollars saved 20 years ago have lost nearly HALF of their purchasing power. Such inflation poses a serious threat to seniors entering retirement, as well as those already in retirement.”

Since 2000, the US dollar has lost an incredible 44.2% of its purchasing power. Reports from the government’s Bureau of Labor...

Luján visits Los Alamos, Mora, Las Vegas communities

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Stop includes meeting with wildfire recovery teams

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., met with the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team 3 at the Cerro Pelado Fire and the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) Emergency Management Team to discuss fire suppression tactics and burned area recovery efforts for New Mexicans.

The Senator met with these experts as part of his ongoing support for their work to curtail the fire’s progress, safely deploy the resources they need, and develop proactive strategies to deter future disasters.

“We all owe a great debt to the innovative incident management leadership teams responding to these fires on the ground,” Luján...

Letter to the Editor,

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I am writing to your newspaper to publicly express my appreciation for President Joe Biden’s “policy of empathy” towards Navajos. The 2020 CARES Act provided relief from hardship during the Covid-19 public health crisis. The American Rescue Plan Act provided $1.8 billion to the Navajo Nation. The funding was unbelievable!

Our congressional delegations to Washington deserve a lot of credit as well. Their understanding of our communities’ needs helped get the funding. Navajos and non-Navajos are sharing the money. And it is greatly appreciated.

I am also thankful to the President and our Secretary of Interior Debra Haaland for restoring key provisions of the National Environmental...

10,000 Baby Boomers retire each day

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Think about it: Many people don’t get defined pension plans from their employers anymore.

If anything, employers have reduced their 401(k) match, while employees contribute less to their 401(k).

What about Social Security? The IRS tells us a third of today’s retirees get almost 90% of their social security income.  This statistic is alarming; 1/3 of retirees are wards of the government and live off the fixed income from the government.

Additionally, we have another 1/3 of retirees who get 50% of their income from social security.  People are retiring, and folks hitting the Social Security system are expected to get 55% of their income from it.  So, what are the alternatives...

A failed social experiment: Bail bond reform

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Over the past five years, the Albuquerque Journal Editorial board has done a thorough job of exposing the failures of bail reform in New Mexico.  Initially, the Journal staff was in complete support of replacing secured bail with the current “catch and release system” being used by judges around this state.  However, as things began to implode and the truth be told, the Journal appears to be taking a more critical stance.

Bail reform was very aggressively brought to New Mexico by the late Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels and Attorney Artie Pepin. The rallying cry from them was that 30-40% of county jail inmates were in custody simply and only because of an inability to post...

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