Don’t let the power drop this summer | Letters to the Editor


We read with concern and concern about the efforts of the Public Service Company of New Mexico and the Public Regulation Commission to avoid summer blackouts in New Mexico. Our state’s most vulnerable citizens, already reeling from the economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, could suffer even more if the availability of electricity becomes unreliable.

We do not claim to be utility and regulatory experts, but we encourage the PRC and all interested parties to work closely together in an expeditious manner to find solutions to the problem. We realize that complex technical, timing and legal issues related to power plants, fully renewable replacement portfolios, new solar installations, global supply chain bottlenecks and other factors are at play. United Way and many other organizations have worked hard to develop new and innovative ways to provide support to those of our neighbors who have faced displacement and economic deprivation over the past two years. We hope our energy regulators will move with deliberate speed to protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens.

John A. Carey, Chairman of the Board

Rodney Prunty, President and CEO

United Way of Central New Mexico

Western Governors University agrees with the Legislature that it is time to deliver change to address New Mexico’s nursing shortage. COVID-19 continued to highlight the shortage. To meet this demand, programs must understand the needs of potential students and look beyond traditional streams to recruit at all stages of their education and career. As an educational institution, WGU helps solve workforce challenges, adapt to changing landscapes, and evolve with the needs of our students. Our College of Health Professions, which received the 2021 Center of Excellence designation from the National League of Nursing, does just that by offering several national programs, including the Nursing Education Certification Program. It’s not just about providing a valuable service, but about empowering learners to pursue fulfilling careers and ensuring there are enough educators to teach the next generation of science students. nurses. WGU strives to train skilled workers and fill labor gaps to meet the needs of local communities.

WGU Regional Vice President

It is outrageous that our state officials cannot rally together to pass legislation to stop taxing Social Security benefits for our seniors, especially those on limited incomes. The argument that it would reduce $X in revenue is ridiculous and completely misses the point that it should never have been allowed to be a source of revenue for New Mexico in the first place. Please carefully monitor representatives who do not support an immediate end to this tax and vote accordingly when they seek re-election.

Too bad the horrified American cartoon character depicted in the February 10 cartoon, who had moved to Canada when Donald Trump was elected and whose car is now stuck between two Canadian Freedom trucks, didn’t have enough good direction to return to the United States. under the new administration of President Joe Biden.

There is certainly a lot of back and forth regarding state taxation of Social Security. Just to point this out, I believe it was enacted as a safety net for an elderly person to survive. There’s a big difference between someone who needs and gets an $800 monthly Social Security check and a couple who gets $5,000 and has a net worth of $5 million.

I just finished doing my taxes. I am a senior on social security. I found it very interesting that I was going to get almost $1,000 back from the state – until I added my social security. My total refund from New Mexico is now $73.

If Donald Stout, CPA (“Consider the Facts About Social Security Taxation,” My View, Feb. 11) is correct in his calculations and middle- and low-income seniors pay very little income tax at New Mexico on their benefits, it’s perfect! New Mexico won’t miss out on its tax contributions if lawmakers act to do the right thing and repeal the Social Security benefit tax. As a 70-year-old man with a monthly Social Security after-tax benefit of $669 who supplements his income with a contract job that’s an even bigger tax burden, I suggest people who ridicule “get upset at how awful that New Mexico is taxing (double taxing!) benefits for poor seniors” “gains” some compassion for those who don’t have the comfortable retirement income of a CPA.

I want to thank the Santa Fe New Mexican for his hard-hitting op-ed (“January 6, 2021: No “Legitimate Political Speech,” Our View, February 8) condemning the Big Steal attempt and the issue of fake voters perpetrated by the GOP and state Republican Party – lies that have led to violence, damage to confidence in our national electoral system, attacks on the right to vote, threats against elected officials and the creation of an atmosphere of angry dissent not so different from that on the eve of the American Civil War. I am proud to have a forward-thinking, kind-hearted, well-written, and truthful newspaper such as the Santa Fe New Mexican. As a former newspaper editor and editor, I don’t take this civic gift for granted.

“Hang Mike Pence” is “legitimate political speech?” Is breaking and entering, assaulting and seriously injuring law enforcement officers legitimate political discourse? What are these Republican National Committee clowns smoking/ingesting?

Anyone, regardless of political party or affiliation, sees through this nonsense: this is a blatant bow to the president who allowed this to happen and is now saying those marauding idiots, some carrying Confederate flags and other objects intended to inflict bodily harm and injury. are treated unfairly. News flash: they are not.

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