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OMG! Last week's cover with the candidates morphed to "desperately seeking" women may be the funniest thing I have seen in 45 years on this planet. The covers (and content) of your paper have been consistently very refreshing, but this one is a masterpiece. From concept to completion this work is impeccable. I Love You (but don't call me).
Thank you for the kind words about Jason Marks, the Democratic candidate for PRC District 1. Though you note in your editorial that he is an "intelligent candidate with a genuine passion for renewable energy and consumer protection," it is with this knowledge that you choose to endorse his opponent. As I'm sure you will quickly notice, Jason Marks is my husband. Also know that it doesn't go unnoticed that your resident conservative darling Greg Payne takes credit for running Ward Camp's campaign for the PRC. That being said, I'm also an Albuquerque citizen, a voter, and an Alibi reader. So, what the heck, I'm about to explain to you just how terribly you have failed District 1 PRC voters by endorsing Ward Camp.
In your endorsement did you mention that PNM, a New Mexico company regulated by the PRC, was his client? Did you consider that your readers might want to decide for themselves whether or not his relationship with PNM could potentially affect his decision-making as a commissioner? After all, he would be expected to regulate the very business for which he was once a subsidiary general manger and on whose behalf he testified in favor of deregulation before the Nevada legislature in 1999.
As much as he may believe he's immune to pressures from 20 year-old relationships with utility business associates and as easily as he has convinced you of it, there's just no place in this world for that kind of subverted idealism. His 20-year loyalty to the energy industry does not translate into loyalty to the public. Sadly, even the Alibi doesn't see the situation for what it is, and you should know better.
Funny how politics are ... if the primary had turned out differently and at this time you had been endorsing Hess Yntema instead of Camp, at least we could sleep at night knowing that you were standing behind a true public servant instead of an industry insider that cannot possibly represent the interests of New Mexicans at the PRC.
Editor's note: Payne worked as a consultant for Camp during the Republican primary but did not work on his campaign during the general election.
Thanks so much for Aja Oishi article in “Sala'am Means Peace: Highland students meet their Muslim neighbors” (Oct. 21-27). Also, thanks to the teachers and administrators of both Highland High School and the Salaam Academy for bringing the teens in both schools together. The article and the meeting of the teens from the two schools, reminds us that we all have a lot in common, regardless of our differences, be they race, religion, nationality or political belief. The article also reminds us that we should drop the word, "them," from our vocabulary. We're all brothers and sisters on this spaceship we call Earth.
Quality Roads for Developers
With days to go before the election, Sen. Pete Domenici has entered the fray of the local city Street Bonds debate in Albuquerque. Domenici, a Republican leader, has teamed up with Democratic Mayor Martin Chavez to support the passage of the Street Bonds and the construction of the Paseo del Norte extension through Petroglyph National Monument.
It was Domenici who, in 1996, sponsored the last-minute rider to the Congressional Appropriations bill to slice out the right-of-way from Petroglyph National Monument needed for the Paseo Extension and give that land to the City of Albuquerque. Instead of allowing a clean vote on the Paseo extension, Domenici snuck it into the Federal Appropriations Bill containing, among myriad other items, disaster relief for Bosnia. Mayor Chavez has accomplished a similar political sleight of hand this year by forcing voters to vote on a Street Bonds package that includes Paseo, rather than separating Paseo out as a stand-alone vote, as four of our city councilors recommended.
Domenici is now saying that the Street Bonds—which would fund a commuter highway right through the Petroglyphs—would actually “protect" the Petroglyphs. How's that? His logic defies me—it's like saying that constructing a highway through the Vatican will actually protect the Vatican. From what? Catholics?
Domenici goes on to say in a recent mail piece from the Quality Neighborhoods Committee that "not one petroglyph will be lost or destroyed." Domenici and his counterpart, Mayor Chavez, show a profound lack of understanding and respect for what New Mexico's Pueblo tribes have consistently said on this issue over the past decade.
The Pueblos have asserted that the volcanic escarpment on which the petroglyphs sit create the sacred area that is still in use today for religious ceremony. That's why the All Indian Pueblo Council, representing New Mexico's 19 tribes; the Navajo Nation, which has thousands of members in New Mexico; and the National Congress of American Indians, representing over 250 tribes nationally, are all staunchly opposed to the Paseo extension.
So it's not a matter of moving one petroglyph from the right-of-way into a museum, it's the reality of the irreparable damage a six-lane commuter highway and 20,000 cars per day will do to this religious area.
As reported in the media, Quality Neighborhood Committee's first financial report in mid-October showed that 90 percent of its contributions came from developer interests. Its report released this Friday, Oct. 29, shows more of the same. We have homebuilders Scott Patrick, Inc. and High Desert Investment Corp. We have the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the Westland Development Corp. And we have Mesa Verde Development, Sandia Properties and Platinum Builders Corp.
Despite the mayor, the senator and Quality Neighborhood's mantra that this Paseo Extension is for the people, not for the developers, it's pretty transparent that this road is for the developers. St. Pete, perhaps you're not so saintly anymore.
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