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THE HEROES OF VEGAS

Tragedy has struck once again and our nation mourns those lost in what has been dubbed the Las Vegas Massacre earlier this week. Another mindless act of brutality reaches headlines, making national and world news. Things are looking bleak down here,...

 

LETTER TO AZTEC

Sept. 12 - Ok I wanna say thank you to Aztec NM. I have been broke down in Safeway’s parking lot for two days and the outpouring of help is amazing in this small community. People are kind and generous when they can be. I don’t like asking for...

 

DEAR TALON

Dear TALON, Even though it is only August the citizens of Aztec need to start thinking about the coming election in 2018. Three commission seats are up for grabs and only one of those is worthy of retaining her seat, Katie McClure. She has the...

 

WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DID AND DIDN'T DO

During this time of political division and turmoil, it’s important to put politics aside and look objectively at what the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) did to improve the health care system in this country, and what it failed to do. A good...

 

LOCALS SOUND OFF

What are your thoughts on regulating the number of boats allowed on the San Juan River? Nicole Bridge - Most places are more strict about who's on the river, how many days they're on the river, so it...

 

DEAR TALON

Editor: The following is a response to the article, “We Need A Contract With New Mexico.” As one reads Steven Carillo’s article, WE NEED A CONTRACT WITH NEW MEXICO, it would appear that Mr. Carillo feels government in New Mexico is the...

 

DEAR TALON

Respectfully responding to Steven Carrillo’s Special Opinion in the August issue “A CONTRACT WITH NEW MEXICO.” It may come as a surprise to many, but “We the People” already have a Contract with New Mexico. It’s titled: CONSTITUTION OF...

 

WE NEED A CONTRACT WITH NEW MEXICO

Almost weekly there is a news article about how New Mexico is at the bottom of another study about the wellness of our state — our economy, our citizens, and particularly our children. I’ve lived here 26 years and in my view our legislators and e...

 

DEAR TALON

Debbie, (Re: missing person, Lewis G. Stouffer) Thank you so very much. We have not had any significant information change, but have definitely seen an out pouring of concerned people that want to, and have offered to help. One of your readers...

 

DEAR TALON

This letter is regarding a blurb that was posted in the Talon on July 7, 2017 in The Locals Sound Off section. My words were misconstrued to seem negative with focus being cast specifically toward the oil field industry. My comments were generalized...

 

PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE IS DYING

Who's not heard the expression, “planned or engineered obsolescence”? “Did you know that the lifetime of light bulbs have been reduced on purpose to just 1000 hours? Or that your printer may “break” after a predefined number of printed page...

 

DEAR TALON

I moved away from Aztec nearly 20 years ago. I return “home” at least once a year at which time I visit the Aztec Cemetery where both of my parents are buried. After my most recent visit this past weekend I felt compelled to publicly thank...

 

DEAR TALON

Editor: I wish to thank Bloomfield, Farmington and Tommy Bolack for the wonderful fireworks three nights in a row! How lucky can we get! I wish to thank Aztec for allowing exploding, shooting fireworks @ the corner of Cimarron & Ruins Road until...

 

RECYCLING SAVES MONEY AND MORE

Effective July 1, 2017, the San Juan County Landfill on Crouch Mesa, operated by Waste Management Corporation, began charging county residents for disposal of their household waste. In recent years the county has subsidized waste disposal for county...

 
 By James Jiminez    Opinion    June 2, 2017

THE RIPPLE EFFECTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET CUTS

Our communities do best when everyone contributes. We are strengthened when our children fulfill their potential and become the entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists they were born to be. And because...

 

WE CAN'T IGNORE POLLUTION'S HARM TO OUR TOURISM INDUSTRY

We can’t ignore pollution’s harm to our tourism industry Our state is known for breathtaking views, unique public lands and ancient cultures within reach. Tourists choose New Mexico as a destination because of ample opportunities to experience th...

 

DEAR TALON

Last Monday evening I sat through two hours of the Aztec City “workshop” regarding their proposed utility rate increases. The bottom line, as presented by the city’s adept (and costly) consulting firm, was that Aztec’s water and sewer rates...

 

HIGHER EDUCATION MUST RECEIVE ITS STATE FUNDING

By members of the N.M. Council of University Presidents - originally published on NMPolitics.net On behalf of the Council of University Presidents, we wish to express our deep concern with the recent veto of all funding for New Mexico’s higher...

 
 By JACQUE RITCHIE    Opinion    May 5, 2017

LOCALS SOUND OFF ABOUT PROPOSED UTILITY INCREASE

"We might have to flush half as much" declared John, "Poopin ain't easy or cheap." - John Paschall, Main Street Music "They already fee us like crazy!" Says Shelley Sutherland "I've had some issues...

 
 By Bob Perls    Opinion    May 5, 2017

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE WAY WE ELECT LEADERS?

Our politics is broken: hyper-partisanship runs rampant. Americans have never been more frustrated with government and the two-party system that dominates it. We have two warring factions: the insider Democrats and the insider Republicans — both...

 

DEVELOPING PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS CORRECTLY

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo His full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. He died at age 88, 453...

 

DEAR TALON

I would like to publicly acknowledge everyone who helped with the Aztec Volunteer Firefighter Fund. Because of these generous donations we were able to totally re-do their meeting/training room with new furniture, flooring, window treatments and...

 

LOCAL ECONOMY, WHY YOUR OPINION MATTERS

San Juan County is undeniably and intrinsically tied to the carbon energy industry. We are always at the ready to assist and defend our key industry partners to ensure they remain viable parts of our...

 
 By Diana Mesch    Opinion    April 14, 2017

GUEST OP-ED

How will citizens pay for utility increases? Diana Mesch, Aztec On Thursday, April 6, I was informed that the City of Aztec was proposing a very, very large increase in sewer rates in addition to smaller increases in electricity and water rates. I...

 
 By Jeff Carr    Opinion    April 7, 2017

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM SHOULD NURTURE TEACHERS, NOT PUNISH THEM

Governor Martinez’s education policy as administered by Secretary Hanna Skandera is not only a complete failure, it has damaged our children and education professionals beyond a measure we may ever know. The administration’s policy is based on a...

 

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