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What did those votes mean?

The New Mexico House of Representatives just passed House Joint Memorial 10, which supports a federal constitutional amendment designed to reduce the corrupting influence of money in elections and explicitly prohibit partisan gerrymandering of voting districts.  

Unfortunately, our local Representatives, including Rod Montoya, James Strickler, Paul Bandy, and Sharon Clahchischilliage, voted against the Memorial. This action was simply a statement of the Legislature's view that the role of money in elections should be transparent, and that buying access to the legislative process or legislators and unfair gerrymandering of voting districts are wrong and should be prevented.  The text of the proposed federal amendment makes it clear that no regulations could in any way limit legal freedom of speech (see www.fixitamerica.org/).   

I can only assume that a “no” vote means that these legislators feel that the corrupting influence of money in politics is fine, and that unfair gerrymandering is acceptable as well.  I wonder if that’s really what they think…?

Gary T. Skiba
Aztec

Old plants are no bargain
The Farmington Daily Times printed a story (Navajos and Hopis fret about coal plant, Feb. 7, 2018) about the Hopis, and Navajos saying they will suffer if coal fired plants close. 
In my opinion, both tribes, politicians and the media are seeing only one side of this situation. All plants have a life expectancy and these plants have far exceeded their limits. 
A 45- year-old plant is barely in operation when it was scheduled to last 10-15 years prior to 2018. A good analogy would be to compare a vehicle designed to be driven 80,000 miles. We’ve kept it on the highway 720,000 miles longer than expected. 
Some of the parts of this vehicle are no longer being manufactured; they are obsolete. 
This same situation is occurring with the coal plants. 
Over the years the integrity of these plants is questionable. The years have caught up with them and they are no longer running at optimum levels. 
What the average layman does not know is what investor would fund a business that fails to make money. The repairs alone would bankrupt any and all investors. As a result, these aging plants are a poor investment for all involved. 
As for the suffering that would cause, my company hired excellent financial planners for their employees. It’s a shame not everyone may have made these plans for their future or retirement.

Justin D. Yazzie Jr.
Farmington 

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