Best and Worst of 2009
The year in New Mexico drugs, murders, scandals and achievements
Best: U.S. Attorney General Tells Feds to Lay Off State-Licensed Growers and Patients
The notice known as the "Holder memo" doesn't have the force of law. But when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told federal prosecutors not to waste time hunting those who follow state medical cannabis regulations, attitudes changed in New Mexico. Patients felt more comfortable seeking medication, doctors were more willing to prescribe marijuana and more nonprofits were willing to risk their necks by applying to become growers for the state's groundbreaking program.
Best: King Chavez' Plans Foiled
The Council clicked its way through business at the Monday, Jan. 4 meeting. New Councilors Michael Cook and Dan Lewis are still keeping pretty quiet but are starting to ask questions and express opinions.
Were the Aughts Really So Bad?
So, have you pulled your head out of your Oh, I am so glad that decade is over, everything was terrible, the world is coming to an end pity potty? Not yet? Then please spare the rest of us. If yes, or better yet, if you never went there in the first place, good on you. Be a shining light, will you?
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Maryland—A homeless man tried to leave the town of Frederick by stealing a single-engine aircraft at a municipal airport, but he crashed before reaching the end of the runway. Calvin C. Cox, 51, wanted to fly away from Frederick early last Monday morning but ended up in jail on felony charges of theft, burglary and trespassing. Cox was unhurt when the Piper Super Cub ran off a runway at Frederick Municipal Airport and upended in the grass around 2:15 a.m. A canine team tracked him into nearby woods where he was arrested. “He was familiar with aircraft, but I don’t believe he was proficient in the operation of aircraft,” Frederick Police Lt. Clark Pennington told reporters.
[Re: Opinion, “Carbon Tax Trumps Cap and Trade,” Dec. 24-30, 2009] The article "Carbon Tax Trumps Cap and Trade" was a very informative and interesting argument in support of a carbon tax on emissions instead of a cap and trade system which is currently under discussion in the upcoming Senate bill. I agree with Jerry Ortiz Y Pino that a straight carbon tax is the best way to create incentive for industries to really reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the effort to curb global warming and develop new, clean sources of energy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. I hope Senators Bingaman and Udall will consider this argument when deciding how to vote on the climate change bill in 2010.