County officials tell me that the goal is merely to streamline the development review process, but they fail to acknowledge that the state law already allows them to streamline the review process for smaller subdivision applications. So HB 723 must be an effort to streamline the process (and avoid public review) of all subdivision applications. Shame on them!
The sponsor, Representative Eric Youngberg, is a Republican in the real estate industry from Bernalillo County who wants to change the state law just for Bernalillo County. This comes on the heels of Bernalillo County’s successful legislative bid two years ago to strip Albuquerque’s planning, zoning and platting powers in the extraterritorial jurisdiction surrounding the city.
The community needs to watch Bernalillo County very closely, in my opinion.
Have we sunk so low that even when the president chooses this horrible example of a human being, a man who condones and excuses torture, to be his Attorney General, you support him because he is Hispanic? This is the equivalent of honoring Torquemada because he was from Spain. What part of “he excuses torture” do you not understand?
Have you truly lost sight of the greater battle for the dignity of all human beings in the effort to claim this petty political victory? I would rather go back to the days when we had to fight hard for every one of our rights, and often lost, than to have this man represent our victory.
This is a betrayal of all we have fought for, a betrayal of our heroes, men like Willie Velasquez and César Chávez. We should be shouting to the world “He is not one of us!” Instead you embrace and support him. Que somos, una bola de mamones?
He is not who we are, who we want to be. I am embarrassed to be associated with him, and with you. This is truly a sad day.
I care about the welfare of furry creatures everywhere, just like Mr. Chavez, but I only wish the mayor rushed to help the of victims of domestic violence and rape and troubled teens as fast as he rushes to his next photo op with someone's cat.
A Life Raft For Midwives
Unfortunately, due to the nationwide malpractice crisis, New Mexican women are now at risk of losing the safe and empowering option of homebirth. Like all other health care providers, midwives cannot find affordable malpractice insurance. In fact, midwives attending homebirth cannot find any carriers willing to insure them at all. Because of the lack of malpractice insurance, Medicaid is refusing to contract with homebirth midwives and is now denying low-income women their right to choose a home or birth center birth. This crisis could spread to midwives working in hospital settings, as well. Already, midwives in Texas, New York, Oregon, Illinois and other states have lost their jobs at hospitals because of a lack of affordable liability insurance.
Luckily, many New Mexicans understand the importance of preserving midwifery and we can work together to make a difference. Please urge your state senators and representatives to support the pro-midwifery bills up for vote in the legislature this session. At a time when Medicaid faces severe financial problems, the cost-effective, safe option of homebirth should be encouraged rather than eliminated.
For more information on how to get involved, please go to www.momnm.org.
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