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Socialism doesn't allow freedom


In re: New Hampshire primary.  Given that the states motto is “live free or die.”  And, given that Sen. Bernie Sanders states that he is a socialist.  And, given that under no socialist government have people ever “lived free.”  The choice the people of New Hampshire have made is obvious!



'Redskins' usage creates a double standard


Front page news, Feb. 23, "Tribal attorneys file brief against NFL team" by Noel Lyn Smith. I wonder if the writer or any of the Navajo attorneys have ever driven across the Navajo Nation. Apparently the name "Redskins" "is disparaging to Native Americans. I have been taught that addressing a Native American as "Chief" is also racial.

Can anyone explain to me why the high school at Red Mesa has a big sign out front naming their students as "Redskins" and the Shiprock students are "Chiefs." Isn't this a double standard? Is it just OK for Natives to use racial slurs with each other? And the academics still ponder why we have racism in America. It's not smart to throw rocks in glass houses.

Doug Bracken 


Proposed BLM methane rule could create jobs


I attended the Bureau of Land Management public meeting in Farmington on Feb. 17, on the proposed new rule aimed at curbing natural gas waste and pollution on American public and tribal lands. As a local resident and taxpayer, I strongly support these guidelines, and even think they should be strengthened.

It is for good reason that Farmington was chosen by the BLM as one of only four locations where it would hold public meetings about its new rule. The San Juan Basin is a notorious site of toxic, dangerous waste and pollution, hurting our air, land and water. Methane pollution in this area is some of the worst in the country, and the basin’s methane cloud is famously visible from space.

Critics of the BLM’s proposed natural gas rule say that it will make a sluggish economy even worse. But the ongoing loss of jobs in our area is not a result of regulations by the federal government, but because of the international drop in oil prices. Importantly, jobs will come with these guidelines as people will be needed to manufacture, sell and install the new technology.

When industry was booming, the oil and gas industry complained that installing waste reduction measures threatened production. Now, during a downturn, the industry complains that reducing this waste is too costly.

With local talk of economical “diversification” and enticing new residents to our area, I believe now is the time to think about how we can move our community toward both environmental stewardship and a sustainable economy – in boom or bust – with safer, cleaner jobs.

Gloria Lehmer