600 to lose jobs at Chino mine

600 to lose jobs at Chino mine

There are 17 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Dec 4, 2008, titled 600 to lose jobs at Chino mine. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

Six-hundred employees out of the remaining 830 at the Freeport-McMoRan Chino mine operation in Santa Rita will be laid off the beginning of next year due to the continued decrease of copper prices, a company ...

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elkstine

Chula Vista, CA

#1 Dec 4, 2008
Where is Gov. Bill when he is need most. Freeport couldn't wait until June or July. How sad for all the people who have been laid off at this time of year. Now the press and the city fathers are worried that they will leave town. Just what is there for them to stay for? No Homedepot for them to work in, no racetrack, no casino between Deming and Cruces. All because the City fathers and Gov Bill don't care about the poorpeople.
An observer

United States

#2 Dec 4, 2008
elkstine wrote:
Where is Gov. Bill when he is need most. Freeport couldn't wait until June or July. How sad for all the people who have been laid off at this time of year. Now the press and the city fathers are worried that they will leave town. Just what is there for them to stay for? No Homedepot for them to work in, no racetrack, no casino between Deming and Cruces. All because the City fathers and Gov Bill don't care about the poorpeople.
elkstine, your reasoning and comments are way out of line. The last thing City fathers want is for the mines to close. Get real or get lost!
rcgauer

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Dec 4, 2008
>>All because the City fathers and
>>Gov Bill don't care about the
>>poorpeople.

Disagree: The Mayor has been out in front on this, and the city, which relies on gross receipts tax to pay for our city services, suffers almost as quickly as the businesses that will lose business.

“Silver City's Topix Editor”

Since: Jul 07

Silver City, NM

#4 Dec 4, 2008
It has been my experience that when somebody challenges Elkstine's lunatic posts, he/she doesn't respond. Now if we only could find a way to discourage him/her from posting in the first place, we'd all be better off.
rcgauer

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Dec 4, 2008
rcgauer wrote:
>>All because the City fathers and
>>Gov Bill don't care about the
>>poorpeople.
Disagree: The Mayor has been out in front on this, and the city, which relies on gross receipts tax to pay for our city services, suffers almost as quickly as the businesses that will lose business.
by the way... my entry say "Albuquerque", but I am in Silver.
elkstine

Chula Vista, CA

#6 Dec 4, 2008
For you moron's that's my first amendment right. To talk trash about the leaders in Silver is a right and if the shoe fits. Why don't we have a Homedepot? Why don't we have other stores besides the great mall in the sky?(Wallmart) I don't respond because you are all out in left field and stuck in your ways so it wouldn't do anygood anyhow.
rcgauer

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Dec 4, 2008
We don't have a Home Depot in Grant County because they want 6500 rooftops within 15 miles... which we do not have. Ditto Target. Call 'em and ask. They are quite open with this info.
Among you Soon

United States

#8 Dec 4, 2008
elkstine wrote:
Where is Gov. Bill when he is need most. Freeport couldn't wait until June or July. How sad for all the people who have been laid off at this time of year. Now the press and the city fathers are worried that they will leave town. Just what is there for them to stay for? No Homedepot for them to work in, no racetrack, no casino between Deming and Cruces. All because the City fathers and Gov Bill don't care about the poorpeople.
It goes without saying that the fat man, cares nothing for the poor. He only cares about himself, as he so vividly showed when he ditched hillary for nomama, so he could get his new post! You do have to give him credit though, he knows where his bread is buttered though.

“Silver City's Topix Editor”

Since: Jul 07

Silver City, NM

#9 Dec 4, 2008
If Elkstine really cared at all about Silver, he wouldn't wish for a Home Depot to come to town and destroy local businesses that have served the community for so many years.

“Silver City's Topix Editor”

Since: Jul 07

Silver City, NM

#10 Dec 4, 2008
Oh, and be sure to ask the poor people in Atlantic City just how much the casinos have done for them.
elkstine

Chula Vista, CA

#11 Dec 4, 2008
You see this is exactly why there are no job oppertunities in our county. You want the town to be kept in limbo and never grow. Let all the stores charge the high prices and pay their employees nothing. Keep the rich rich and the poor poor. Sorry, we need some competion in this town.
Oh, buy the way we don't live in Atlantic City we live in Silver. Maybe you need to move back.

“Silver City's Topix Editor”

Since: Jul 07

Silver City, NM

#12 Dec 4, 2008
Obviously you have never owned a business, certainly not one around here.

Even with unemployment in the county as high as it is lately, it still represents only about 600 to 700 people currently out of work (most of the folks at this mines still have their jobs until February)-- and any business owner can tell you that at least half of those who are unemployed are unreliable or unable to pass a drug test.

Until recently there were *plenty* of job opportunities around here-- but few people willing to work. At one point the local Burger King was bussing in workers from Deming, where the unemployment rate has been considerably higher. Wal-Mart has been short of help for years, and Teleperformance couldn't fulfill their needs the entire time they were in town, despite paying more than most entry-level workers could expect anywhere else.

So what makes you think that Home Depot would encounter anything different in the employment situation, or somehow represent any improvement? Don't look now, but Home Depot is no cheaper than what we have here in town, and anybody who thinks Walgreens is a discount drug store is going to be in for a rude awakening as soon as the grand opening sale is over.

And why would you think that the mega-stores you're dreaming of would pay their workers any better or care at all about the community they're in?
Among you Soon

United States

#13 Dec 5, 2008
Too bad these folks don't have a corrupt union like the auto workers, so they could buy themselves some politicans, who coudl give em a bailout. I wonder when congress will stop bailing out the fat cats, unions and special interest groups and worry about the taxpayer? Oh, I forgot, those left-wingers think we, the taxpaters are their slaves, to do their bidding, while they grow ever fatter, sittin gon their butts in washington. Did you happen tosee that fat slob, who passes himself off as a congressman, whinning for the auto makers. Obviosuly he got his payoff!!

Since: Dec 08

Ponca City, OK

#14 Dec 5, 2008
Walmart and teleperformance?? Oh yes!! The sweat shops of America. But we New Mexicans voted in Richardson and Obama.. hmmm, commerce. Oh now welfare instead of commerce. Freeport had no business buying PD and PD should have bought Freeport when they could have. Anyways, copper is cyclical as so many of us know. We shouldn't have bought that new car and TV every year. We're used to mining. They will hire again.
relaxed voter

Polk City, FL

#15 Dec 5, 2008
They say this recession or depression, we have yet to see where it's all going, will last at least 5 years or longer. No doubt many will leave to look for work elsewhere leaving those behind who have nowhere to go, the retired people and those still able to make a living here.
It probably fair to say that poverty and hunger will rise in Grant County for the next few years. I think we all have to work to figure out ways to take care of each other in these hard times.
One project that has started in the county is the efforts being made by the volunteer center in Silver to get people to grow gardens and set up more food help centers for the foreseeable future.
We need to start growing food here in the county, in Silver City, Gila, Mimbres, Santa Clara. We need people to step forward and offer land with water rights to the communities they live in or have arable land in. We need to have this happen right now so we don't lose the coming grow season, that means in the next three months we have to know where these lands are and get them plowed and fenced so as communities we can help ourselves.
This may seem like a lame idea but I have the feeling it will have to happen. There are people out there who have the experience and the equipment that will be needed to make Grant County start growing its own sources of food. I hope it can happen.
Please if you have the land and the water or if you have a tractor or cultivator or you know of people who do and people who can organize their neighborhoods to start community gardens. NOW IS THE TIME to get it going. We may be getting poorer, but we don't have to depend on the government to save us, we can do it ourselves, but only if we get started NOW.
Call the Volunteer Center in Silver City, they are already working on these issues and they need all the support and help they can get to make it all happen. It's Important.
Among you Soon

United States

#16 Dec 8, 2008
relaxed voter wrote:
They say this recession or depression, we have yet to see where it's all going, will last at least 5 years or longer. No doubt many will leave to look for work elsewhere leaving those behind who have nowhere to go, the retired people and those still able to make a living here.
It probably fair to say that poverty and hunger will rise in Grant County for the next few years. I think we all have to work to figure out ways to take care of each other in these hard times.
One project that has started in the county is the efforts being made by the volunteer center in Silver to get people to grow gardens and set up more food help centers for the foreseeable future.
We need to start growing food here in the county, in Silver City, Gila, Mimbres, Santa Clara. We need people to step forward and offer land with water rights to the communities they live in or have arable land in. We need to have this happen right now so we don't lose the coming grow season, that means in the next three months we have to know where these lands are and get them plowed and fenced so as communities we can help ourselves.
This may seem like a lame idea but I have the feeling it will have to happen. There are people out there who have the experience and the equipment that will be needed to make Grant County start growing its own sources of food. I hope it can happen.
Please if you have the land and the water or if you have a tractor or cultivator or you know of people who do and people who can organize their neighborhoods to start community gardens. NOW IS THE TIME to get it going. We may be getting poorer, but we don't have to depend on the government to save us, we can do it ourselves, but only if we get started NOW.
Call the Volunteer Center in Silver City, they are already working on these issues and they need all the support and help they can get to make it all happen. It's Important.
Wow! This has to be one of the most logical, compassionate and even-handed posts in a long time. I'll see if any of my associates could help on this, as I feel this is a fatastic idea and wonderful way to help each other in this terrible economy, versus the traditonal government handouts and all that that brings! We need more folks like this poster!!
Arizona

United States

#17 Dec 8, 2008
Well' you all go on fighting and I will keep growing a garden & sharing. No matter what you say it will be!! IT's Christmas and we should come togather, And help our neighors,AND GET THROUGHS THIS!!!

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