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Yolanda ‘Yoli’ R Diaz December 4, 2023Sound-OffDid you know that if you are a resident of Doña Ana County and are diagnosed with cancer but don’t have health insurance coverage that you will be denied an appointment and consequently denied needed cancer treatment at Memorial Medical Cancer Center?  Most folks that I have asked this question to answer, in a shocking manner, “no”. The residents that have experienced this denial can confirm.  Why do I pose these subject questions?  I will explain. “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States.  The 1776 Declaration of Independence mentions God. The Preamble of the New Mexico Constitution states: “We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this constitution…”  Today, the Pledge of Allegiance goes as follows: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Interestingly, the Doña Ana County commissioner meetings and the City of Las Cruces council meetings begin with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Our nation, state, county and city embrace God in the words of the motto, Declaration of Independence, New Mexico constitution and pledge of allegiance.  But, do they really embrace God in their actions?  I’m not saying they should or have to – but do they?  Personally, I am with JFK on this one, “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”  Do our leaders that recite the pledge of allegiance embrace the words of indivisible with liberty and justice for all in their actions?  In the subject of access to health care, I emphatically confirm that they do not at this time and have not for at least almost 10 years that I know of—but they could and should.  And, some leaders, including the residents, may not know the depth of the problem of access to needed health care. The current leaders of county commissioners and city council may not be the root of the problem and may be stifled to discuss the subject if it is never put on an agenda due to the Open Meetings Act.  However, they sure are the source for the solutions to reduce the cruel, unbelievable inequities and disparities in health care access in Doña Ana County. The substantial inequities in health care access scream out to the common observer that in our Doña Ana County border region, racism, inequity, disparity, and discrimination are alive and well, while tackling access to health care and erasing health care inequity are suffering silently on the sidelines waiting for attention. Health care is not a privilege reserved for the wealthy; it is a human need. No one human is superior to the other in terms of getting an illness, nor should one be superior in receiving treatment for such.  Why does this matter?  Social determinants of health plus the demographics of Doña Ana County create issues that remain unaddressed leading to this inequity, disparity, segregation, and discrimination that begins at the top levels of the people who run our government and trickles down to the ground level of business and health care.  You can research that the public hospital’s old name was Memorial General Hospital and it was located at the southeast corner of Alameda Boulevard and Lohman Avenue. Memorial General Hospital opened in April 1950 (I was born there in 1961) and was at that location until 1971 when it moved to south Telshor Boulevard.  It was the city’s only hospital, our public hospital, until Mountain View Regional Medical Center, a private hospital, opened in 2002.  Some current leaders may declare access to health care as a national systemic problem.  I do not.  The current crisis of access to health care at Memorial Medical Center in Doña Ana County began, whether or not it was meant intentional or unintentional to lease, with city and county leadership’s concerns of the looming crisis in 2003 when the well-financed private competitor, Mountain View Regional Medical Center opened.  It has been stated that Memorial Medical Center was losing $1 million per month. The stability of the Las Cruces health care system was at risk. This allowed our public hospital which operated publicly from 1950 to 2004, to be leased to a private company. This history is critical to the provision of access to health care we experience today in Doña Ana County. The most recent denial of access to health care at Memorial Medical Cancer Center I’ve presented to Doña Ana County leaders was to a disabled indigent patient in the Doña Ana County Healthcare Assistance Program who was diagnosed with breast cancer.  And, although my advocacy of access to needed health care has been present for over two years now, including an October 2021 meeting with the county manager that included the county’s Health and Human Services director, not much action has taken place today to improve the crisis.  You may call me a hopeless hopeful lifelong resident for continuing my advocacy and being an activist.  I see it as the right thing to do because the problem of preventing some taxpaying Doña Ana County residents’ access to needed health care is atrocious, unjust, discriminatory and inhumane.  This has moved us into my heading’s second question of “or, victims of an unjust bureaucracy.”  As the crisis is multi-faceted and convoluted, I can describe the root of the problem and injustice to our taxpaying residents.  And, if you are a Doña Ana County resident, you purchase goods and services and pay property taxes through rent or home ownership; you are a taxpayer.  I have respect for our forefathers.    Further, The New Mexico Constitution’s anti-donation clause exists to prevent extortion and bribery of officials in government. However, the law allows for exceptions, one is Article IX, Sec. 14, Pg 117: A. Nothing in this section prohibits the state or any county or municipality from making provision for the care and maintenance of sick and indigent persons. Clearly, the disenfranchised residents of Doña Ana County need Doña Ana County and City of Las Cruces or even the State of New Mexico to make provisions/funding to help alleviate this crisis of neglect.  Thus, there is no excuse our voting leaders have to prevent them to legally support a program to assist taxpaying residents.  I even provided viable solutions and a proposal that they can turn in to a resolution. .Also, there are New Mexico statutes in place to protect both the operation and integrity of our government; one statute includes the responsibility of indigent care on counties.  The 40-year lease in place with Doña Ana County and City of Las Cruces as Lessors describes 6.5 Indigent Care/Continuation of Services in the lease. I will disclose that I am not an attorney and am not practicing law; however, I can read.  A notable sentence in the lease is:  “Continuously throughout the Term and any Extended Term, Lessee will provide Expanded Care Services, as hereinafter defined, for the sick and injured in Doña Ana County who seek treatment at the hospital, regardless of the cost of that care, even if it exceeds Sole Community Provider Funds.”  As you keep reading, the lease also states:  “Within a reasonable time after Closing, Lessee shall coordinate with the county on the processes and mechanisms to seek state matching funds for hospital indigent care, including a possible grant to the County from Lessee of approximately $4 million to $5 million annually.”   How do I interpret the problem, what is my opinion of denials of access to health care in Doña Ana County?  Personally, I put the culpability both on our county/city government and Memorial Medical Center because both signed the lease and attested to indigent care and continuation of services (and more).  The lease highlighted: provide care for all regardless of ability to pay, preserve and enhance key services, continue community accountability, etc.  And, today, Memorial Medical Center’s website states under their 2022 community impact, “Delivering care to all our neighbors, regardless of their ability to pay, is foundational to our mission and our commitment to our community.”  Marketing? Nevertheless, there is an executed legal contract with both sides having contractual obligations. It’s a beast of a problem and will probably be a beast of a legal battle if ever fought.  As I read it, Memorial Medical Center may claim that indigent care was based on Sole Community Provider funds.  What would Doña Ana County claim?  Our county manager is an attorney; he knows the law. As far as our local government is concerned, I break it down at 75% failure of Doña Ana County leadership and 25% failure of City of Las Cruces leadership – and a 100% need to address the problem.  Everyone needs to remember that the county manager and city manager have sit on the board for the purpose of accountability and contract compliance.  But, let me explain my percentages.  My assessment of Doña Ana County’s failure is attributed to three reasons, thus 75%:  1. Doña Ana County is 50% of the Lessor; 2. Doña Ana County has a Health & Human Services Department that at the time my advocating began in 2021 had a mission of: “Improve the quality of life in Doña Ana County by identifying and addressing unmet health and human service needs”; and 3. Doña Ana County’s responsibility of indigent hospital and health care, as stated in New Mexico statute of: 27-5-2. Purpose of Indigent Hospital and County Health Care Act. The purpose of the Indigent Hospital and County Health Care Act is: A. to recognize that each individual county of this state is the responsible agency for ambulance transportation, hospital care or the provision of health care to indigent patients domiciled in that county, as determined by resolution of the board of county commissioners, in addition to providing support for the state’s Medicaid program;… My assessment of the 25% failure of City of Las Cruces is because they share 50% as Lessor. The county commission and city council of 2003 voted unanimously to lease Memorial Medical Center for 40 years with an upfront lease payment of $150 million and asset purchase and held ownership of the land.  The closing statement listed this payment as “rent”. The county manager and city manager signed the lease.  City and County would each have a seat on the hospital board in perpetuity and would require annual reviews of contract compliance.  Because of this, I have to include City of Las Cruces in the failure to access health care.  But, I need to give City of Las Cruces credit, much credit, as well because they did something wonderful and beneficial with their share of the lease proceeds.  Yearly, City of Las Cruces, supports local nonprofit organizations whose mission include public services funding as projects that  “support the physical, mental, developmental, emotional or social continued well-being, safety, or improvement to the lives of sick, indigent, or low-income people.”  It is known as the Telshor Facility Fund. I am grateful for this city leadership action that supports nonprofit organizations benefiting the residents in our Las Cruces community.  Although there is much more that needs to be discussed within the 19 years of our public hospital being leased, I want to concentrate on the disabled patient diagnosed with cancer who is in the county’s indigent program.  I alerted the Health & Human Services Department to include the program manager and director.  I alerted the county manager and county attorney.  This patient, who I understand has been in the county’s indigent program for years, was not served by the county when she was diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease, cancer. This was after I alerted them that Memorial Medical Cancer Center denied this patient an appointment due to not being insured. This was also after the county updated their indigent health care resolution on August 22, 2023 after I submitted my public input on May 9, 2023, stating that their indigent health care resolutions of 2014 and 2018 perpetrated injustice, segregation and discrimination.  I requested by email to our county manager and county attorney, copying our commissioners and Health & Human Services director to respectfully respond to me by October 4, 2023 regarding this patient’s needed health care and payment of services.  To this day, the county manager and county attorney have not responded to me. Definitely, the county manager has a duty of action to the county and the people; he is the top authority among the leadership staff that provides the scope of government work.  Their actions of failure to act can have grave consequences to the patient that has been failed by the Doña Ana County Healthcare Assistance Program. Change in our county government is needed.  My personal  judgment on this subject; Patients of a Lessor God, definitely “no”; Victims of an Unjust Bureaucracy, definitely, “yes”. 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Jody Kincaid DVM NDDecember 4, 2023Sound-OffTo: Patrick Nolan <[email protected]>,Pamela Cort <[email protected]>,Robert Wofford <[email protected]>,Teresa Tonorio <[email protected]>,Carol Cooper <[email protected]>Cc: Juan Garcia <[email protected]>,Ignacio Ruiz <[email protected]>Members of LCPS board,  The debate over the appropriateness of the book ‘Jack of Hearts and other parts’ has led to the discovery that at least two of the LCPS board were engaged in behind the scenes discussions regarding how to circumvent the will of the public,and in doing so betray the public trust. Mr Nolan and Mr Wofford demonstrated incredibly poor judgment and should receive severe sanctions or better yet resign from their positions.     The real issue here, in my view, is the role of the board . The political philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau was a major influence in the foundation of this country and western political theory, writing in what was termed the ‘Age of Enlightenment’. In his book ‘The Social Contract’ he described the responsibilities of leadership in a modern democracy. The consent of the governed is the basis of our political system and the duty of elected officials is to be attentive to public opinion and responsive to public input on matters that affect our daily lives. By working to subvert the process of a public hearing ( Nolan admits the book review panel was “stacked”), public trust was betrayed intentionally.   What is the responsibility of the board? I would say it is to establish and maintain a system that will take children and, in a series of gradient steps, provide training in how to absorb and transmit information ( reading and writing) in order to learn the basic history, philosophy, and skills (math, science and technical studies) that enable one to function in society. Then with coaching in critical thinking, they can make rational decisions. It is an observable fact that when those goals are not achieved, the students cannot function competently or competitively in the work force or the world. Your responsibility is to prepare the students entrusted to your district to be able to observe the world around them, critically evaluate what they observe and make rational decisions that will promote their success and ongoing development. The fact that the test scores in this district and this state are so pathetic is proof that you are not adequately doing your job. Yet, you find it somehow beneficial to defend the presence of a book that meets all the state’s definitions for obscenity and condones felonious depictions of pedophilic behavior. You should be ashamed.     Wisdom can be said to be the ability to incorporate information and reach conscious conclusions that are appropriate to the situation in hand. You cannot impart the information that our children need ( demonstrated by test scores) to make wise choices, yet rather than address that you emphasize social emotional issues that do not lead toward wisdom and understanding. Young people will investigate sexual matters whether the  school library has a book or not. You need to focus on more educational issues and less social issues- the book debate is a distraction from the fact that your demonstrated incompetence is handicapping a generation of young people. Rousseau famously said ‘Cogito , ergo sum’ – not ‘Coito,ergo sum’. Teach our children how to think, not fuck.      Sincerely,      Jody Kincaid DVM ND [...] Read more...
BethDecember 2, 2023Education / Knowledge BoxSurvey, available in English and Spanish, is open through Jan. 12, 2024 Las Cruces Public Schools invites parents, students, staff and the Las Cruces community to provide feedback on budget priorities through its annual budget survey, open now through Jan. 12, 2024. The survey went live following Wednesday night’s Budget Town Hall meeting, where attendees were given an overview of the budget process and a timeline for when a final budget will be presented for approval by the LCPS Board of Education. Part of that process was an information-gathering session led by the Budget Survey Committee, a group that included administrators, teachers, parents and community members. The committee was tasked with finalizing the survey, which gathers additional public input on spending priorities in the district. There will be additional Budget Town Hall meetings in the first quarter of 2024. According to the LCPS Finance Department, the meetings will update the public on the results of the survey and provide details on any adjustments to the budget before presenting a draft to the Board of Education for approval. Those meetings are scheduled for March 12, May 8 and May 21, 2024. All meetings will be held in the boardroom at the Dr. Karen M. Trujillo Administration Complex at 5:30 p.m. The LCPS Community Budget Survey, available in English and Spanish, can be accessed here and closes Jan. 12. 10 de noviembre de 2023 LCPS busca la opinión pública sobre las prioridades presupuestarias La encuesta, disponible en inglés y español, está abierta hasta el 12 de enero de 2024 Las Escuelas Públicas de Las Cruces invita a los padres, estudiantes, personal y a la comunidad de Las Cruces a proporcionar comentarios sobre las prioridades presupuestarias a través de la encuesta anual de presupuesto, que está abierta desde ahora hasta el 12 de enero de 2024. La encuesta se puso en marcha después de la reunión pública del miércoles por la noche en la que los participantes recibieron una visión general del proceso presupuestario y un cronograma de cuándo se presentará un presupuesto final para su aprobación por parte de la Mesa Directiva de Educación de LCPS. Como parte de ese proceso, el Comité de Encuesta Presupuestaria, un grupo que incluye a administradores, maestros, padres y miembros de la comunidad, dirigió una sesión de recopilación de información. Al comité se le asignó la tarea de finalizar la encuesta, que obtiene información pública adicional sobre las prioridades de gasto en el distrito. Se celebrarán reuniones públicas adicionales en el primer trimestre de 2024. De acuerdo con el Departamento de Finanzas de LCPS, las reuniones actualizarán al público sobre los resultados de la encuesta y proporcionarán detalles sobre cualquier ajuste al presupuesto antes de presentar un borrador a la Mesa Directiva de Educación para su aprobación. Esas reuniones están programadas para el 12 de marzo, el 8 de mayo y el 21 de mayo de 2024. Todas las reuniones se llevarán a cabo en la sala de juntas del Complejo Administrativo Dra. Karen M. Trujillo a las 5:30 p.m. La encuesta comunitaria de presupuesto, disponible en inglés y español, se puede acceder aquí y está abierta hasta el 12 de enero de 2024. This message has been sent on behalf of Las Cruces Public Schools. If you do not wish to receive any future email from Las Cruces Public Schools, please click here. This message is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This communication may contain information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify district administration and delete all copies of the message. [...] Read more...
Sarah SmithNovember 30, 2023Sound-Offhttps://xn5m6.mjt.lu/nl3/kCRCFtTOshGgGJ-okKPA2w?m=AWgAADBWnc0AAAASbvwAAC6sXhIAAAABAQQAAUXkABYAzgBlZ7wqeRjN0FjJT8uJdvfuuhZmIwAVuHc&b=f5b55e28&e=9984800f&x=uZ0STxfeCmTaGBaY0HddryccInd1qqGYm00a1FB8M74 Dear Las Crucens,In October, a committee of 4 teachers and 3 parents voted 6-to-1 in favor of keeping the sexually explicit book The Jack of Hearts and Other Parts in the Mayfield High School (MHS) library. Based on that recommendation, the Superintendent decided to retain the book in the school library. However, through a public records request, we have now obtained proof that the book review committee was not chosen impartially. The committee was not chosen in good faith as being representative of our community. For instance, below is a text message from School Board Member Patrick Nolan (who is the husband of City Councilor Johanna Bencomo) where he tells book review committee member Lucas Herndon that the committee was “stacked” against the parents who filed the complaint (myself and Juan Garcia – CCIA).  Note that we have never called for “book banning.” The book is freely available for anyone to purchase and should remain so. However, we are asking the school district to assess the book for age appropriateness. Lucas Herndon, who was texting with Board Member Patrick Nolan during the book review committee meeting, is an activist for Progress Now New Mexico. Herndon was one of the parents who was chosen for the book review committee by the school board. Here is a Twitter post that Herndon released during the book review committee hearing, where he called concerned parents fascists for challenging the sexually explicit book.CALLING OUT THE UNETHICAL ACTIONS OF THE BOARDJuan Garcia and I spoke at the Las Cruces School Board meeting last night to publicly call them out on their dishonesty in the book complaint process. We also presented additional evidence that the book is “pervasively vulgar” and not appropriate for the 13-14 year old children who could access it in the school library. Here are recordings of our comment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtAAEMr8VZQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmvpw6WHZ_8NEXT STEPSA hearing is scheduled for Friday December 8th at 9am in order to appeal the Superintendent’s decision to retain the book at Mayfield High School.  Juan has called for School Board Members Patrick Nolan and Robert Wofford to be recused from the December 8th appeal hearing, as the public records evidence shows they cannot be impartial about this matter. We are awaiting a decision from the school board.Please stay tuned; there is more to come on this issue.  Standing with you in solidarity,Sarah Smith Free People of the Southwest (local action)New Mexico Freedoms Alliance (statewide action)Standing with you in solidarity,Sarah Smith Free People of the Southwest (local action)New Mexico Freedoms Alliance (statewide action) [...] Read more...
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Sarah Smith - FPSWNovember 16, 2023Sound-OffDear Las Crucens, Given our recent wins and misses in the City and School Board elections, I’ve been doing some post-election analysis to better understand what did and didn’t work out. Below are my main takeaways, and I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.   Maybe these were obvious to y’all, but I’ve had no involvement in elections or local politics until the last few years and am still trying to catch up.  Juan Garcia (CCIA) and I have a short video discussing the Las Cruces election results in general here: Election Takeaways More People Voted More people voted in this election than in former local elections. For instance, the overall voter turnout was 18% in 2023, as compared to 11% in 2021 and 16% in 2019.  Looking at the Mayor’s race specifically, there were ~10% more votes in 2023 than in 2019. Rank Choice Voting Can Work in Our Favor Although Rank Choice Voting (RCV) can be confusing, this year’s results showed that by understanding how it works and being strategic, RCV can result in good outcomes.  For instance, in the Mayor’s race, because of Rank Choice Voting, Eric Enriquez was able to beat Kasandra Gandara even though she was leading in votes after the first round.    With Rank Choice Voting, a candidate does not win until they achieve 51% or greater of the votes. If no candidate achieves 51% of the vote, there is an instant run-off election.In each subsequent round of voting, candidates who received the fewest votes are removed and their votes are redistributed to whoever was ranked next on each person’s ballot.   The Mayor’s race went 6 rounds before Enriquez finally gathered enough votes to beat Gandara. Isabella Solis voters actually swung the whole Mayor’s election.  Through multiple rounds of RCV, Gandara was leading against Enriquez. It wasn’t until Isabella Solis’ votes were redistributed that Enriquez was able to jump into the lead with enough votes to win the election by over 600 votes. You can look at the results of each round of RCV in the Mayor’s election here: https://electionresults.sos.state.nm.us/ViewRCVFile.aspx?rid=9274&cty=07%20&eid= Strategies That Work for Rank Choice Voting Some of the things that helped RCV work in our favor in the election were: Making sure that voters know to rank ALL candidates so their votes will still count in subsequent rounds of voting.Whether or not we can all align on who to vote for #1, it helps if we align on who we want to vote against and rank that person LAST on the ballot. Risks to Not Ranking ALL Candidates in Rank Choice Voting As each round of RCV was tallied, there were fewer and fewer votes.  When voters do not rank ALL candidates, their votes will potentially not count by the time the final RCV round is counted. For instance, in the Mayor’s race, there were 948 more votes in the first round of RCV than the last round. Those voters who only ranked a few of the candidates and did not rank Enriquez or Gandara had NO vote in the final RCV round. School Board Losses Two of the school board seats were retained by progressive candidates because there were multiple conservatives splitting the vote. School board elections are NOT Rank Choice Vote elections, so when there are multiple conservatives running against one progressive, that is a losing strategy.  For instance, from looking at the vote count, Julia Ruiz would have easily won against School Board President Teresa Tenorio if latecomer Edward Howell hadn’t split the conservative vote. The final tally was: Teresa Tenorio: 1,451 votesJulia Ruiz: 1,305 votesEdward Howell: 997 votes Now the school board is composed of ALL progressives for at least the next two years. This is bad news for families as the progressive agenda includes allowing sexually explicit inappropriate books in schools, transgender bathrooms and locker rooms, extended classroom time and school years, lowering academic standards, and other issues.  An all-progressive school board also means that, in the event that the Governor imposes any harmful mandates, the school board will go right along with whatever she has decreed. Las Crucens Want Change Overall, the election showed that Las Crucens want change.  Las Crucens voted out the most powerful progressive on the ballot, Mayor Pro Tem Kasandra Gandara (District 1 City Councilor and wife of Senator William Soules).  In addition to electing Enriquez as Mayor, Las Crucens also voted in Independent Bill Mattiace for City Council District 2. New Mexicans very rarely elect Independent candidates, and this says a lot!Both Enriquez and Mattiace were running on a platform of increasing public safety and fighting the growing crime problem. The school board elections, too, show that Las Crucens wanted change (even though that was stymied by poor strategy among conservative candidates). Important Success The significance of Gandara being voted out in the Mayor’s race is huge.  She was running with a large budget alongside the endorsement of many prominent progressives in the state, including congressional and state senators and representatives.  Her loss in the election shows that, with persistence and dedication, we can make an impact for the good of New Mexico. Let’s keep pushing so we can have favorable results in next year’s election, too! Sarah Smith  Free People of the Southwest (local action) New Mexico Freedoms Alliance (statewide action) [...] Read more...
Rob WoodNovember 15, 2023Sound-OffIn today’s world the purpose of American government is to create more government. The design and true focus of all our governmental bureaucratic organizations is the maintenance and expansion of the organization themselves. Over time its initial intended purpose becomes secondary and remains only as the title of the entity for promotion and expansion purposes. I can think of no government organization that was created to address an issue that addressed the issue and was then disbanded. If there is one, it probably was combined with another department, so it is hidden under a different name. In a report on the management of our Indian reservation populations the point was made that when combined the Bureau of Indian Affairs, The Bureau of Indian Health and all the associated sub departments, there are more government employees in them than there are reservation Indians. In my community, and it appears across the nation, there is much uproar over public education implementing teaching policies that parents feel are detrimental to their children and the believed purpose of school. Hillsdale College’s recent Impimis newsletter https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/education-as-a-battleground/  President Larry Arnn highlights what is going on with a graph showing that over the past 20 years the portion of education purposed for district administration has increased by 87% while the student and teacher increase has been under 9%. How does this happen? It happens intentionally as they create a problem out of thin air like racism and sexism, find some obscure state or federal policy to back it up or maybe not if they have enough inhouse marketing clout to self-promote and create totally new departments to address it. This is most obvious in public and many private colleges because it has been going on for longer. Of serious note is the fact that the graduates of those schools are now a part of the administrative side of K-12 public ed. The mania has nothing to do with the actual ongoings at the schools themselves as they take new education funding necessary for academic improvement and divert it to expand the administrative side justifying it by selling phantom problems. A perfect example of bloated administrative expansion, can be found at UC San Diego and its departments tasked with addressing ghosts in the name of equity, diversity, and inclusion: UC San Diego Diversocrat Agencies Chancellor’s Diversity Office The Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity The Faculty Equity Advisor The Graduate Diversity Coordinator The Staff Diversity Liaison The Undergraduate Student Diversity Liaison The Graduate Student Diversity Liaison The Chief Diversity Officer The Director of Development for Diversity Initiatives The Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity The Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues The Committee on the Status of Women The Campus Council on Climate, Culture, and Inclusion The Diversity Council Director of the Cross-Culture Center  Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center Director of the Women’s Center All of this comes out of the thinking that is created in the mandatory undergraduate classes that address: Theoretical or analytical issues relevant to understanding race, culture and ethnicity in American society that must incorporate at least 3 of the following: African Americans, American Indigenous people, Asian Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans, and European Americans. If seriously interested in creating change in K-12 one must follow the money. A school board manages money, that is their main role. They look for ways to get more, and as seen mainly use it so they have a larger administration to manage. The students are just a necessary inconvenience needed to expand their agency.  As I was told by a person in the know, with every passing of increased education funding another floor is added onto the school district administration building. LCPS just expanded into the old DMV next door. If interested in a more in-depth look into this subject, I recommend “The Diversity Delusion” by Heather Mac Donald. If it is applied, knowledge is power. Rob Wood [...] Read more...
Jody KincaidNovember 15, 2023Sound-OffMr Ruiz, we met at two of your meet and greet events earlier this year. I am the retired veterinarian that had volunteered with the Gadsden schools in the past. As a member of CCIA , we are concerned about the quality of education delivered by our school system. Part of the problem with truancy, poor classroom performance and other behavioral issues revolves around the role of parents in their children’s educational experience. Many parents are not versed in proper coaching, study and support activities, in addition to being busy trying to put food on the table. Perhaps we can help .   In CCIA we have a number of retired teachers and professional persons with lots of life experience to share and lots of time to do so. What would your thoughts be about establishing evening programs at individual schools for parents and students presenting methods of organizing study time and materials, study approaches that increase the learning experience and general tips on how to get the most benefit from homework? With qualified presenters,such as we have, we believe that we can make the learning process easier and more effective. Giving parents tips on how to help their children gets them more involved in the learning process and makes them more effective in their help. When successful engineers,doctors and educators share their experience it can motivate students and parents as well as teach them practical methods for improving their learning skills.   You mentioned a program that you had in the Clark County schools supporting parental involvement . Your efforts to improve the proficiency rates have to have family involvement if they are going to succeed. Still, you have a lot to deal with as you take over here . Please consider our offer- I think that evening programs, limited to an hour that are offered at schools throughout the district would be well received. I can say that I was involved in a program like this in the Canutillo district that was well received by parents. What say you? Community support for schools is essential for a viable outcome- the faculty of the schools may present the materials but they are assimilated and understood by the students as they do homework . We can’t put a coach in every home but we can share techniques with the parents ( and students that attend) to improve learning efficiency.  We are more than happy to help you. If you believe that this idea has merit and want a more detailed outline of what we might discuss, just let me know.      Thank you.       Sincerely, Jody Kincaid DVM ND [...] Read more...
Sarah Smith - ActivistNovember 13, 2023Knowledge BoxDear referendum volunteers, I am mailing out a box with a total of 4,487 petition signatures to the statewide referendum organizers.  THANKS TO YOU for all your efforts in gathering these numerous signatures!These are the signatures counts being mailed in: HB7: 775 signaturesSB397: 766 signaturesSB13: 754 signaturesHB207: 740 signaturesSB180: 748 signaturesHB4: 704 signaturesTOTAL: 4,487 signatures across all Bills That brings our totals mailed out thus far to: HB7: 1,820 signaturesSB397: 1,754 signaturesSB13: 1,731 signaturesHB207: 1,252 signaturesSB180: 1,744 signaturesHB4: 1,683 signaturesTOTAL: 9,984 signatures across all Bills Please continue to collect signatures. We are aiming to collect nearly 6,000 signatures per Bill (~35,000+ total signatures) for Doña Ana County. You can see that we still have a long way to go. Perseverance is key. I know you may be weary of this effort (I am, too!!), but we need to keep pushing forward nonetheless.  It is possible some of our missing signatures can be made up in other counties, but with Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties also running low on signatures, we all need to push as best we can to keep increasing our numbers. Now that the elections are over, hopefully we will all have a bit more time to devote to this effort. If you want to see a snapshot of what is happening statewide with the petitions, below is a summary from Bob Dickenshied. (THANKS Bob!) We can continue to work on this for several more months, so let’s see what we can all do working together! New Mexico County 10 % GoalEstimate to Date Bernalillo *24,6146,984 Catron 20345 Chaves 1,6382,943 Cibola 68927 Colfax 493525 Curry 1,0281,100 De Baca 78116 Dona Ana *5,7981,746 Eddy 1,6764,338 Grant 1,175289 Guadalupe 1768 Harding 4283 Hidalgo 1672 Lea 1,4042 Lincoln 8381,750 Los Alamos 1,018314 Luna 592200 McKinley 1,9561,000 Mora 25058 Otero 1,769810 Quay 305729 Rio Arriba 1,30242 Roosevelt 467700 Sandoval *6,1371,783 San Juan 4,0164,016 San Miguel 95083 Santa Fe*6,981629 Sierra 495156 Socorro 619300 Taos 1,339235 Torrance 55782 Union 15227 Valencia 2,5542,074 Totals471,47733,047  * County not likely to be able to reach their goal Values in cells shaded light blue have been tabulated already.   White indicate values updated by Captain or others. Also HB207 is NOT included in the averaging which makes the resulting values a little highter  since HB207 scews values lower because we got the form for HB207 late. Sarah–Sarah Smith Las Cruces, NMFree People of the Southwest (local)New Mexico Freedoms Alliance (statewide)National Coalition for Health Integrity (national)Let’s Connect: Telegram / Facebook [...] Read more...
Sarah SmithNovember 10, 2023Action AlertDear Las Crucens,Here is an update on the situation with the formal book challenge that was filed with Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) about The Jack of Hearts and Other Parts book at Mayfield High School (MHS). This book contains graphic sexual content, including pedophilia, that is not appropriate for children. You can view the content of the book here: www.nmfa.us/jack BOOK COMPLAINT RESPONSE FROM SUPERINTENDENT RUIZFollowing the formal hearing on October 12, the decision was up to LCPS Superintendent Ruiz to decide whether or not to keep the book in the MHS library. I received the response letter from Superintendent Ruiz yesterday, and he has decided to keep the book in the school.  He has deemed it to be “age appropriate” and did not find the content to be “pervasively vulgar.” NEXT STEPSJuan Garcia (CCIA) and I will be filing a formal appeal against the Superintendent’s decision. Per the district policy, that appeal will allow the LCPS school board to vote on whether to overturn the Superintendent’s decision.We know the likely outcome of the appeal process, but nonetheless it is important to complete the district’s process before we take additional steps.  We are working on several other initiatives for this as well, in a strategic way, so we can continue to challenge the Superintendent’s decision. This book has no place in a taxpayer funded high school, and we will continue the fight. HOW YOU CAN HELPWe need to raise public awareness of this issue.  Parents and grandparents, especially, need to know about this book and the Superintendent’s decision. Please share this link widely: www.nmfa.us/jackPlease stay tuned; there is more to come on this issue.  Standing with you in solidarity,Sarah Smith Free People of the Southwest (local action)New Mexico Freedoms Alliance (statewide action) [...] Read more...
BethNovember 8, 2023Sound-OffFrom: David Tofsted<[email protected]>Date: On Wed, Nov 8, 2023 at 09:59Subject: Fw: Yesterday’s Election – A Mixed Bag, but Ranked Choice Worked in Mayor’s RaceTo: Cc: Hello All,I can’t say that I am ecstatic about the results of yesterday’s elections, but I can say that it seems like people are beginning to “get it” with regards to how the ranked choice election system works.In the mayor’s race, first off, my condolences to both Mike and Isabella. I’m sure you gave it all you had and it just didn’t work out. On the other hand, what we didn’t end up with was a rabidly far-left mayor. (See below.) Instead, we got a moderate Democrat mayor in Enriquez, because the ranked choice voting system worked like it was supposed to.Unlike 4 years ago where hundreds of votes dropped out at every stage of the ranked choice elimination system, instead voters got to pick their favorite candidates first and then choose their second, third, and fourth choices after. And while some 800 votes were lost at the point where Mike and Isabella were eliminated, ultimately over 1,600 of their votes shifted over to Enriquez and this made the difference in the outcome.Congratulations also to Bill Mattiace, who defeated Tessa Abeyta. As a result we will have a board that is 5-2 instead of 6-1 where I’m viewing Miyagishima as the “moderate.” Although we know that isn’t true, it’s clear that he is to the right of the rest of the board. And further, now that Enriquez has won with many Republican votes one would hope that he will be more responsive to our side of arguments and in setting priorities. Mayoral RCV rounds: [...] Read more...
Richard FarrOctober 31, 2023Sound-OffSuperintendent Ruiz, As one of the presenters at the LCPSB hearing for the book Jack of Hearts (and other parts), I was understandably disappointed by the hearing results. Although I have serious concerns about how objectively and transparently the prescribed process / regulation (KEF-R) was implemented, those are issues to be addressed another day.  The only issue more questionable than the process implementation, however, was the inexplicable determination so peremptorily arrived at by the LCPSB review panel to retain the Jack of Hearts in the Mayfield school library.  Somehow the debate was framed as the protectors of the Constitutionally guaranteed free speech vs the “book banners” when the underlaying issue was anything but that.  Absolutely NOBODY was calling for any “banning” of any books; quite to the contrary, those objecting to including the subject book in our school libraries, myself included, are fierce defenders of our 1st Amendment. Rather, the true issue is whether certain materials are appropriate, under any circumstances, to be placed in school libraries – particularly at taxpayer (my) expense.  So, Superintendent Ruiz, the final determination of this issue is up to your discretion and judgment. Here are some materials from BookLook.org to help inform your decision. The BookLook.org mission is to review various potentially objectionable books for the purpose of providing parents information upon which they can make their own informed decisions. The Jack of Hearts book was rated by BookLook.org as #5 (Aberrant Content appropriate for Adults only).The Book Rating System used by BookLook.org is presented in detail on their website at this link here. The BookLook.org website provides excerpted material from the Jack of Hearts (link here) supporting their rating and you will find that those materials are sufficiently salacious and objectionable to any objective parent or administrator to justify that rating (apologies in advance. Superintendent Ruiz, I urge you to further review and consider the appropriateness of the book Jack of Hearts for any school library in the light of the review rating and review criteria per the links shown above, and also please consider ALL the written and oral materials presented at the hearing. Now, go forth and do the right thing for the LCPS students, their parents, and the entire LCPS community. Respectfully, Richard Farr 1 [...] Read more...
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Joan Scherer/Annette WatsonJuly 11, 2023Action AlertFrom: Annette Watson <[email protected]>Sent: Monday, July 10, 2023 7:29 PMTo: Annette Watson <[email protected]>Subject: Be Advised: PARENTAL/GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION/CONSENT SCHOOL FORM Hello Everyone,The Republican Party Caucus came up with this plan to try to protect our children. We are grateful for this effort because…1.) It will grow the awareness to the public about the bad laws which will be directly affecting their children.2.) Hopefully it will drive parents to pull their kids out of the public schools and into alternative schools or home school and defund some of their corruption.3.) They’re going to feel the heat from the parents, teachers and attorneys.We are moving forward as planned because…1.) If the school admin complies (which is highly impossible with the woke culture already created in the curriculum) it only addresses SB397 and HB7. We still have the other 2 elephants in the room HB207 and SB13.2.) The school admin will be instructed to follow the new law HB7 and affirm. Do you want to wait and see how they react to the consent form? Not with My Kid!3.) The people need to vote all 6 bad bills out of existence and move forward to get rid of the corruption in our government, schools and media.Download the Document, pass it around to parents and have it at your signing tables for parents. It would be beneficial to keep a log of the schools that the parents are going to present the consent form to.If we can get 10 kids from each school disenrolled, they will lose about 80k. Take their money and take their power! Let them influence each other in empty classrooms, not our kids.Thank you and please continue getting lots of signatures!Annette Castillo v2-Parental-Notification-Form-House-GOP-23-07-10Download [...] Read more...
Sarah SmithJune 29, 2023Sound-OffDear New Mexicans,You may have heard that the Secretary of State is spreading misinformation and trying to obstruct the Referendum Project; nonetheless we will persevere!  The referendum process is a constitutionally-protected right in NM. Statewide efforts are continuing in order to gather enough petition signatures to get 6 egregious laws on the November 2024 voting ballot.   If you have note yet signed the petitions, please go here to learn where you can sign the Referendum Petitions in your county. More volunteers are also needed to help with collecting signatures: 👇👇👇https://bettertogethernewmexico.org/the-referendum-project-county-events/Referendums By County UPDATES AND NEWS COVERAGEMultiple legal challenges have been filed against the Secretary of State. Last week a judge in Roswell denied the SOS’s motion to dismiss a complaint against her.  Another judge has denied the injunction to stop the laws from taking effect, but the judge did not challenge that the Referendum process is still allowed to proceed.  There is a lot of media attention being directed at this, which is good. Here are some of those articles:Abq Journal: The truth behind the referendum project – https://www.abqjournal.com/opinion/the-truth-behind-the-referendum-project/article_b85c7894-0c91-11ee-a0a0-b7ac40931763.htmlEstancia News: Ethics Complaint Filed Against New Mexico Secretary of State for Attempting to Sabotage New Mexicans’ Right to Referendum Laws – https://estancia.news/ethics-complaint-filed-against-new-mexico-secretary-of-state-for-attempting-to-sabotage-new-mexicans-right-to-referendum-laws/New Mexico Sun: Referendum Project leader collects signatures to ‘protect the people of New Mexico’ – https://newmexicosun.com/stories/644346151-referendum-project-leader-collects-signatures-to-protect-the-people-of-new-mexicoSanta Fe New Mexican: Coalition pushing for statewide referendum to stop voting, abortion rights laws – https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/coalition-pushing-for-statewide-referendum-to-stop-voting-abortion-rights-laws/article_f48b642a-dec3-11ed-8bb6-576f85a99583.htmlRoswell Daily Record: Laws being targeted for referendum take effect – https://www.rdrnews.com/news/local/laws-being-targeted-for-referendum-take-effect/article_cd20dc18-0d3e-11ee-9c4b-3fcf29e5ef8e.htmlKRWG: Lawmakers don’t want decrees challenged – https://www.krwg.org/local-viewpoints/2023-06-12/lawmakers-dont-want-decrees-challenged WHAT’S IN THE BILLS?Below is the actual HB7 Bill passed by the NM Legislature, so you can see why we are collecting signatures to challenge this law on the November 2024 ballot.  HB7 Summary:Unrestricted access to abortion or transgender services for children without parental consentStrips municipalities of the right to restrict access to abortion and gender transitioning servicesPenalizes teachers, nurses, etc with $5,000 fine if they “interfere” with access to abortion or gender transitioning services by telling parentsDoes not allow people to opt-out of participation due to moral or conscience objectionsThis is just one of the 6 Bills that we believe the people of NM have a right to vote on. You can see summaries of all 6 Bills here: https://www.nmfa.us/petitions TWO WAYS TO HELPPlease SIGN the petitions and HELP US COLLECT SIGNATURES across the state. Wherever you are, additional signatures will be helpful, as thousands of signatures are still needed. Go here to learn where you can sign and get involved in your county:👇👇👇https://bettertogethernewmexico.org/the-referendum-project-county-events/  Thanks in advance for your help as we challenge the bad bills! Donations to support our work are gratefully accepted here:https://www.givesendgo.com/NMFA  Standing with you in solidarity,Sarah Smith, Karen Larré, and Melanie RubinNew Mexico Freedoms AllianceNational Coalition for Health Integrity [...] Read more...
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Joan SchererSeptember 30, 2022Sound-Off / UncategorizedBy Frank Fang September 29, 2022 Updated: September 30, 2022biggersmallerPrint0:003:551  The Biden administration has awarded $41.3 million in federal contracts to an advocacy group aligned with the progressive left’s Vera Institute of Justice, which helps illegal immigrants fight deportation from the United States. The Acacia Center for Justice—a Washington-based nonprofit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition—was awarded six contracts from the Department of Justice to provide “legal services” starting on Sept. 1, according to government records. The Vera Institute of Justice has received millions in funding from George Soros’s Open Society Foundation. On its website, the Acacia Center for Justice says its mission is to “expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development, coordination and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country.” Additionally, Acacia says its goals are “to support immigrant legal services and defense networks to provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness, and freedom.” Acacia recently obtained its federal tax-exempt status. On July 29, the IRS sent a 501(c)(3) determination letter to the group, declaring that its effective date of tax exemption was Dec. 29, 2021. Fox News first reported on the nonprofit’s federal contracts. In June, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 that the Biden administration has the authority to end the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, Vera issued a statement applauding the court’s decision. “The Supreme Court’s decision marks a key step in restoring asylum, a crucial component to a more just and equitable immigration system in the United States,” Vera stated. Open floodgates provide easy access for illegal aliens crossing into the United States from Mexico along the southern border wall fence in Douglas, Ariz., on Aug. 24, 2022. (Allan Stein/The Epoch Times) At the time, many Republican lawmakers voiced their opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling, including Rep. Clay Higgins, the ranking GOP member on the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security. “Ending Remain in Mexico will further weaken our already deteriorated border security,” Higgins said, according to a statement. “Congress should codify the security mechanisms of Remain in Mexico and Title 42. Law enforcement needs those tools to reestablish operational control and stop the massive disintegration of our sovereignty at the border.” The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition runs a detained adult program and a detained unaccompanied minors program, according to its website. The adult program “helps detained immigrants learn to understand the Immigration Court and deportation process” and connect migrants with pro bono attorneys. On Jan. 20, 2021, CAIR released a statement saying it was relieved to see the Trump administration go. “There is true relief knowing that the Trump-Pence administration is over,” CAIR wrote. “Now, we are ready to seize this moment and advocate for true, substantive changes.” In August, Venezuela overtook Guatemala and Honduras to become the second-largest source of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border illegally. According to data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. officials stopped 60,530 Mexicans in August, followed by Venezuelans with 25,349 encounters. Frank FangJOURNALISTFollowFrank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers US, China, and Taiwan news. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan. 1 [...] Read more...
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Sarah SmithSeptember 23, 2022Sound-Off / UncategorizedDear Las Crucens,Here is info about a couple of topics that may be of interest to you relating to rising crime and outdoor cannabis usage in Las Cruces.___________________RISING CRIME AND JUDGE JOY GOLDBAUMRising crime rates in Las Cruces appear to be directly related to Municipal Judge Joy Goldbaum refusing to hold repeat offenders or impose effective conditions for release.Listen to this powerful testimony from a retired municipal court administrator, from this week’s City Council meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXTI-OfJ65w&list=PL88AHNuk3OX88C1K8qXhbAr2KTifeyY3z&index=2 You can watch more public comments related to this issue here ???, including dialogue with Judge Goldbaum in which the Mayor mentions that some repeat offenders in Las Cruces have 70+ criminal charges:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL88AHNuk3OX88C1K8qXhbAr2KTifeyY3zFor more background on these issues, please see these two articles:https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2022/08/15/las-cruces-judges-qualifications-in-question-after-appointment-by-city-council/65404730007/https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2022/09/19/las-cruces-municipal-judge-mayor-exchange-words-about-crime-at-city-council/69504815007/SIDE NOTE: I have been uploading important parts from Public Comments and Presentations to the City Council on my Youtube channel here ???. (THANKS to Juan Garcia from CCIA for collaboration on these videos!!!)Sarah Smith’s Concerned for NM Youtube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCirf4mXEuA0ZR7i60nXWpUgThis channel also includes videos from the recent meeting where the council voted to allow marijuana to be sold right next door to New America School, as well as testimony from people living near Desert Hope homeless housing project.__________________________OUTDOOR CANNABIS IN LAS CRUCESThe City Council is currently considering whether to allow marijuana to be smoked outdoors. They are taking public input on this issue, and the comments at the City’s public meeting about this issue were dominated by people in the cannabis industry. The City Council needs to hear your voice on this issue.You may be interested to read this article about the negative health effects of second-hand marijuana smoke, including increased risks for cancer and heart problems, as well as psychological effects including increased anxiety. It is also of note that studies have found that children exposed to marijuana smoke in the home will actually have THC in their urine, potentially leading to long-term developmental problems ???:https://connect.uclahealth.org/2020/10/29/secondhand-marijuana-smoke-what-are-the-risks-to-your-health/PLEASE EMAIL/CALL CITY COUNCIL: Make sure to send individual emails instead of one group email if you want a response. • Mayor – Ken Miyagishima – [email protected] – (575)-541-2067• District 1 – Kasandra Gandara – [email protected] – (575)-541-2066• District 2 – Tessa Abeyta – [email protected] – (575) 541-2068• District 3 – Becki Graham – [email protected] – (575)-541-2070• District 4 – Johana Bencomo – [email protected] – (575) 541-2071• District 5 – Becky Corran – [email protected] – (575)-541-2076• District 6 – Yvonne Flores – [email protected] – (575)-541-2069• City Clerk – Christine Rivera – [email protected] – (575) 541-2115For more info, the LC Sun News article about this is here:https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2022/09/07/should-outdoor-cannabis-consumption-be-allowed-at-licensed-facilities-in-las-cruces/66120037007/__________________________Please take action if these issues are important to you. We have to be involved if we want to turn things around.Standing with you in solidarity,Sarah SmithFree People of the Southwest – local actionNew Mexico Freedoms Alliance – statewide action [...] Read more...
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