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   With the upcoming Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Board elections, this seems like a good time to relay my experiences with the current Board (and distinguishing from experiences with Jemez employees, which have always been positive).

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    This upcoming Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative election gives the member-owners a very real chance to take back the Co-op for the people it serves, rather than the entrenched and self-serving Board of Trustees.

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    I urge anyone interested in the preservation of our environment and the welfare of future generations in the Rio Arriba to support the Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative candidates managed by “member-owner Luis Torres.”

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   Please let me save some of the candidates considering running for the House District 3 seat and the New Mexico Senate seat some time and trouble.

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    The Family Dollar store in Alcalde is closing. I asked the clerk why. Was it because the Dollar General down the street? No, the answer was theft, pure and simple.

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    Those profiting off our disastrous health care system continue to push patchwork bills and incremental change. But we don’t need more Band-Aids. We want real reform. We want Medicare for all.

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   I am pleased to learn Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Porter Swentzell, of Santa Clara, as a Northern New Mexico College regent. As a former faculty member (director of learning resources) at the University of New Mexico Northern New Mexico Branch College, in Santa Cruz, 1977, I str…

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I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight regarding recent publications discussing a nitrate sample taken from one city well and the city's timeline to notify residents of the nitrate sampling results. A handful of media outlets recently published stories alleging that the city…

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    President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the New Deal – job creation and social programs that helped pull us out of the depression. This year, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, introduced the “Green New Deal” – a resolution to create econo…

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    I am writing to express my concern about the current New Mexico Public Education Department Anti-Bullying Policy. It maintains focus on the “perpetrator, bullying behavior, and the consequences related to the combination of the two.”

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    In the past two years, two dogs accompanied by their owners on the Bureau of Land Management property adjacent to residences on Rio Arriba County Road 101 in Chimayó, were caught in game traps.

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    The Land of Enchantment’s job picture is very rosy, but employment growth is not a given. The truth is, we cannot take anything for granted, especially because of the new agenda we are seeing out of Santa Fe.

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   Where is the justice in this county? It has been over six months since my daughter Davina Archuleta was hit and killed by a vehicle.

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    In a shocking display of moral turpitude, the corporate gun lobby has teamed up with sheriffs across the state to protect guns over people. Because the New Mexico legislature has been advancing bills that would remove guns from domestic violence offenders, while they are under protective…

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   The root cause of problems that many customers, that is corporation shareholders, experience with the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative and its Board of Trustees is the continued complete disregard by the Trustees of the concerns and needs of the corporation’s shareholders.

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    Regarding the ‘El Rito Man Dies in Rollover’ article in the Feb. 28 issue of the Rio Grande SUN, it was a coordinated first response by the New Mexico State Police, Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office and both Abiquiú and El Rito volunteer fire departments.

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    The majority of people living in New Mexico believe in the sanctity of life. Government’s role, in fact its duty, is to protect the individual’s natural given right to life.

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    I am committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. Do the education leaders in our state feel the same way?

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   Extreme weather events have been giving us just a taste of things to come with regard to climate change, from the 120 degree heat wave in Australia, to -70 cold spells sweeping through the midwest in the polar vortex.

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   Hats off to Carmela Roybal and Miranda Lopez for speaking up about the violence problem in our community(ies) stemming from drug addiction, gangs and poverty. (Rio Grande SUN, “Sundevil Senior Pleads for Community to Address Violence Issue, Jan. 24, 2019, page B1)

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    Living near Glorieta and working in Los Alamos, I am a regular public transit user. I choose to take transit for economics, environmental impact, convenience and health.

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    As the past chair of the Chili Community Ditch Association (north of Española), it is encouraging to see newly elected Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pay out on commitments ignored by her predecessor.

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    I read Victoria Gonzales’ letter to the editor, (Rio Grande SUN, Jan. 17, 2019, “Millennials Not Just Stuck,” and the red flags went up.

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   At the most recent Northern Rio Arriba Electric Cooperative annual meeting, I had a public discussion with the Tristate CEO Mike McInnes about Tristate’s energy generation mix.

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    I applaud the decision of the Rio Arriba County Planning and Zoning Committee to oppose issuing Española Transit Mix a special use permit to extend their destructive strip-mining of the mesa above and east of the Estaca community.

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   This letter is to one of the E-911 dispatchers who received a call on Oct. 4, hours before the tragic shooting that took place later that evening. The call came from the couple whose vehicle was shot at.

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   As a veteran and an advocate for those on tribal lands, as well as an advocate for the elderly, I have seen the need for public transit across rural New Mexico. I have relied on public transit for years, to get me to and from work, to get me to different communities and to get me to medic…

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    This holiday season oil and natural gas development in our state is giving New Mexico two gifts: lower heating costs for our homes and economic opportunity.

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    Donald Trump struggles to digest the results of the Nov. 6 election: 37 more Democrats in the House of Representatives, six more Democrats in governors’ mansions and a great many more Democrats in state legislatures. Now with Congress returned to democratic control, Trump may try to capi…

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    This letter is about a concern most casino players have. Are the locals casinos like Ohkay, Santa Ana, Cities of Gold, Buffalo Thunder and Camel Rock really regulated by the New Mexico Gaming Commission?

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    It was recently discovered that the Rio Arriba County Fair Association has a discrepancy in its finances. The fair Board is working hard to accurately identify our financial status and resolve any issues via proper channels.    

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    While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance.

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    I would like to take issue with a letter published last week (Rio Grande SUN, “Rio Arribans Are Gun Owners,” Nov. 1, 2018, page A7). My disagreement is with the writer’s contention that the Electoral College “provides a voice for the people who choose not to live in a metropolis.”

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    Thank you to all the customers and growers that made Española Farmers Market vibrant this season. In a year of limited water and changeable weather, the farmers were able to use their well-honed skills to bring abundant harvests to the market each Monday.

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    When Jay Leno hosted the Tonight Show, he did a regular bit called “Headlines,” which featured newspaper articles sent from viewers. The bit focused upon headlines which, at first glance, may have diverted the reader into some unintended train of thought.

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    What is the rising violence in Española, saying about Española? Fatal drive by shootings, within weeks of each other? A high school football game brawl so bad, that no one was allowed to attend the final home game? Intimidation and bullying on our roadways.

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    Robert Torrez’ letter “Do They Know Who Ben Is?” (Rio Grande SUN, Oct. 25, page A7) exposes U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s support for abortion, accusing him and the Democrat party of active participation in the killing of millions of innocents.

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    I was pleased to read an article about Cuatro Villas Water Association. However, as a Cuatro Villas member and a reader of the Rio Grande SUN (as many of the members are), I would have appreciated learning more of why Cuatro Villas has not paid Española’s bills, which were described at s…

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