alibi online
Free Will AstrologyAlibi's Personals
 
 V.18 No.47 | November 19 - 25, 2009 

Letters

Clean Energy Jobs

Dear Alibi ,

Has our government forsaken Main St. for Wall St.? Last week, the national unemployment rate reached a staggering 10.2 percent, the first time in 26 years that it has been over 10 percent.

Right now our economy is hurting, especially here in New Mexico. We need Congress to act to pass a clean energy jobs plan. The House of Representatives passed a plan in June that will benefit low-income Americans in particular. The clean energy jobs plan will fight poverty and help raise living standards right here in Albuquerque. One study estimates that energy efficiency provisions alone will create over 4,000 new jobs in New Mexico, slash the unemployment rate and reduce household living costs. This plan will help some of those hardest hit by the economic collapse, slash pollution and start rebuilding our economy. The Senate is going to take up this plan in the fall and it’s vitally important for both our environment and our economy that Senators Bingaman and Udall support this clean energy bill.

We can't wait forever.

Kim McMurray

Environment New Mexico

A Public Matter

Dear Alibi,

Some people from our New Mexico community believe that tax credits and/or school vouchers will solve the academic educational problems that need addressing in our state. Please be reminded of several things: Private/parochial schools are not bound by the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Law, the NCLB test for public schools is broken down into categories including minorities, low-income, special education, limited English learners and other such categories. Every public school with all of the above groups must meet “Adequate Yearly Progress” until 100 percent are test-proficient by school year 2013-14, a statistical impossibility! At La Cueva High School, we did not make AYP this year because our special education subgroup did not meet “Adequate Yearly Progress.” Yet our school graduates over 88 percent of our seniors; provides more AP courses for our students than any public, private or parochial school in New Mexico; percentage-wise according to family economic income sends as many if not more kids to college than any high school in our state; we send more of our students to our nation’s military academies; and this past school year we had the only student in New Mexico to score a perfect 36 on the ACT Test, and that once again includes public, private and parochial schools! Are the test scores adequately calculated or are the statistics skewed? May we say that the intention of the law was good, but can any school reach 100 percent?

I would gladly be for tax credits and/or school vouchers if the school receiving the tax credit or voucher would agree to four things: 1) The school would accept the tax credit/voucher as a total payment for attending their school. 2) The school would agree to accept any student who applies, including students with special needs, development disability, attention deficit disorder, and students with a physical and/or mental disability. 3) The school must agree to provide transportation to and from their school at no extra cost. 4) Provide for the use of textbooks free for all students. All of the above are guaranteed by all pubic schools. When I see the supporters of tax credits or school vouchers agree to these four requirements, I will then begin to consider that they are well-intentioned people who are really concerned with the deficiencies of our public schools.

Phil Ewing

Assistant Principal, La Cueva High School

Letters should be sent with the writer’s name, address and daytime phone number via e-mail to letters@alibi.com. They can also be faxed to (505) 256-9651. Letters may be edited for length and clarity, and may be published in any medium; we regret that owing to the volume of correspondence we cannot reply to every letter. Word count limit for letters is 300 words.

 

Today's Events

BioPark Staff Pumpkin Carving Contest at ABQ BioPark Zoo

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Birth Grief & Loss Circle at Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center

More Recommented Events ››
Join our mailing list for exclusive info, the week's events and free stuff!
 

  • Select sidebar boxes to add below. You can also click and drag to rearrange the boxes; close using the little X icons on each box. To re-add a box you closed, return to this menu.
  • Because you are not logged in, any changes you make to these boxes will vanish as soon as you click to another page. If you log in, the boxes will stick.
  • alibi.com
  • Latest Posts
  • Web Exclusives
  • Recent Rocksquawk Discussions
  • Recent Classifieds
  • Latest User Posts
  • Most Active Users
  • Most Active Stories
  • Calendar Comments
  • Upcoming Alibi Picks
  • Albuquerque
  • Duke City Fix
  • Albuquerque Beer Scene
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
  • Reddit Albuquerque
  • ABQ Journal Metro
  • ABQrising
  • ABQ Journal Latest News
  • Del.icio.us Albuquerque
  • NM and the West
  • New Mexico FBIHOP
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • Only in New Mexico
  • Mario Burgos
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • High Country News
  • El Grito
  • NM Politics with Joe Monahan
  • Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log
  • The Net Is Vast and Infinite
  • Slashdot
  • Freedom to Tinker
  • Is there a feed that should be on this list? Tell us about it.
    ABYSSAL/OLD&ILL/CURSE
    ABYSSAL/OLD&ILL/CURSE10.24.2014