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Aztec, NM

Should Matthew Tso be recalled?

You think? So what  (Aug 23, 2011 | post #147)

New Mexico

New water quality standards proposed

From ftp://ftp.nmenv.st ate.nm.us/www/swqb /Standards/Lakes/D ryCimarron+LakesCo nsolidatedProposal 08-2011.pdf "Most of the proposed changes concern the aquatic life and contact designated uses. For some lakes, NMED proposes more stringent aquatic life or primary contact protections. In no case does the Department propose to apply a less stringent aquatic life or contact use; therefore, none of the proposals require a use attainability analysis pursuant to 20.6.4.15 NMAC." Sol, can you help me understand how NMED's proposal is deregulation based on what they wrote? Thanks!  (Aug 23, 2011 | post #15)

New Mexico

NM board to ponder repeal of greenhouse gas rules

"The overall rate of asthma is currently estimated to be 7.85 percent of the population" http://health.usne ws.com/health-news /family-health/all ergy-and-asthma/ar ticles/2010/03/02/ asthma-rates-risin g-across-the-us The lifetime prevalence rate of asthma among adults in San Juan County is 12%, according to BRFSS data (2006/2007); http://nmhealth.or g/PHD/OHPCHI/Healt h%20Council%20Prof iles/San%20Juan%20 Co.%20Profile%2020 10.pdf Higher in San Juan County? Yes. 3 times the national average? Not even close  (Aug 9, 2011 | post #11)

New Mexico

EPA decision could cost PNM $750M

OK, I get it. Here is the link from the Summit County Voice http://summitcount yvoice.com/2011/08 /06/epa-requires-c leanup-at-nm-coal- powered-plant/ that states " By some estimates, premature deaths, asthma attacks, heart attacks, chronic bronchitis, and hospital visits from San Juan Generating Station¬ís pollution have cost an estimated $255 million a year" Of course they do not back up that figure. Mathmatically I struggle with that given the population of San Juan County NM as 130044 (http://quickfacts .census.gov/qfd/st ates/35/35045.html ) and http://hsc.unm.edu /community/countyr eportcards/sanjuan .shtml Causes of Death (Rates per 100,000) San Juan County NM Diseases of the heart: 187.6 Cancer 150.8 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 64.9 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 55.8 Cerebrovascular disease 31.2 Diabetes mellitus 39.5 If one divides the above number of deaths and attribute them all to PNM, that would be $250M/698 deaths which is $362K per year for those deaths listed. Merely dividing 250M by the entire population mseans an annual cost of $1922 per person claimed to be caused exclusively by PNM. That completely erases all effects from smoking, drinking, diet, exercise, etc.. which makes no sense. Using the 750-900M numbers presented by PNM more than triples those numbers  (Aug 8, 2011 | post #39)

New Mexico

EPA decision could cost PNM $750M

I'm confused. Are you suggesting that Summit County Colorado's health problems are because of PNM? That wouldn't make sense. You may be simply providing a comparison of scale  (Aug 8, 2011 | post #35)

New Mexico

EPA decision could cost PNM $750M

The number one predictor of a person's/society's health is poverty. The lower the income the worse their health  (Aug 8, 2011 | post #34)

New Mexico

EPA decision could cost PNM $750M

Considering the prevailing winds are from the west and the plant is to the east of Shiprock, the reason for not staying in Shiprock very long is not due to the plant. The EPA's dollar numbers are not based on the facts on the ground but a theoritical retrofit  (Aug 8, 2011 | post #33)

New Mexico

EPA decision could cost PNM $750M

The Clean Air Act requires Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) be imposed. BART is An emission limitation based on the degree of reduction achievable through the application of the best system of continuous emission reduction for each visibility-impairing pollutant which is emitted by an existing stationary facility. BART for any individual source is determined by undertaking the case-by-case analysis and includes economics of such retrofit. The plan approved by the State implemented the EPA's own emission numbers for what is defined as 'presumptive BART' . Additionally, Congress stated that States are to be the owns making BART determinations. The EPA overstepped its authority and made a decision purely on political grounds and not technical merits  (Aug 8, 2011 | post #32)

New Mexico

Whistleblower wants NM investment officials ousted

While I generally do not like agreeing with Cary - he is correct about the Legislature's statute defining the members of the SIC http://www.sos.sta te.nm.us/2010Bills /Chapter14.pdf  (Aug 6, 2011 | post #17)

Farmington Daily Times

Bloomfield holds public Ten Commandments ceremony [2:24 p...

I am not arguing that in name of Christianity people have not done horrible things. To stay on the topic of this thread first, both the inquisition and the crusades were out growths of the church having way too much influence over the state - hence my support of the seperation of the two. My question to you about the crusades is do you know why they started? The Crusades originally had the goal of recapturing Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Muslim rule and their campaigns were launched in response to a call from the leaders of the Byzantine Empire for help to fight the expansion of the Muslim Seljuk Turks into Anatolia. So the muslims had invaded Jerusalem previously - i.e. jihad against Christianity and the Crusades were the response to that aggresion. Through a very complicated set of events and political intrigue, Muslims invaded Spain and Portugal which set the stage of the Spanish Inquisition to rid Spain of the Islamic influence. In fact, Muslim armies reached as far north as Austria and were finally repelled in Vienna on September 11 (note the date) 1683. The Crusades and Inquisition were both responses to Muslim invading armies and were not merely the brainchild of some evil Christians http://euroheritag e.net/islamicconqu estmap.shtml  (Jul 25, 2011 | post #370)

Farmington Daily Times

Bloomfield holds public Ten Commandments ceremony [2:24 p...

I do hear what you are saying. Each culture, religion, etc... has behaviors that can be misinterpretted by others and that communication is a great way to better understand one another. I do have some Muslim friends who - two from Iran and one an American convert. All three are very smart people and I really enjoy conversations with the ones from Iran. Interestingly, the American convert is actually the most 'radical'. For example, during Ramadan he believed everyone in the office needed to be observant of Islam's requirements. One of my friends from Iran asked for a sabatical from his work to hunt down and kill Salman Rushdie as the Iran spiritula leaders fatwa demanded. The employer declined. In conversations with him, I wouldn't classify him as 'radical' merely observant of Islam's teachings. The other from Iran completely rejected much the government there did, but all three believed that sharia law should be imposed on all people by the government in all countries, preferably peacefully but by force if necessary, because it would be for our good to be under islamic law since it is the perfect law from Allah. Which brings me back to the idea of seperation of church and state and freedom of religion. Those are central concepts to our country and are diamtrically oppossed by the founding tenants of Islam  (Jul 25, 2011 | post #369)

Farmington, NM

Hearing her voice

Seems like this article is about the way they lived  (Jul 24, 2011 | post #64)

Farmington, NM

Hearing her voice

Luke 6:43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Luke 6:44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. I don't know the family, just their fruits  (Jul 24, 2011 | post #63)

Farmington, NM

Hearing her voice

Its called news and reporters don't need permission. I'm sorry but calling a family where such atrocities occured a 'great Christian' family is a poorly placed term. They may have great faith but horrible works or fruits of the spirit. I'm assuming you consider yourself a 'great Christian' yet need to cuss in telling people off - birds of a feather  (Jul 24, 2011 | post #57)

Farmington, NM

Hearing her voice

Based on her motivation to protect her siblings if some of the "rude remarks" help protect someone else I am fine with the rudeness. As a God fearing and God loving person, my prayers are for the victims. It is up to God to decide how He deals with John, the mom, etc...He may very well forgive and noit punish for eterenity, but like any good parent I do believe He holds us accoutable in this life for our sins  (Jul 24, 2011 | post #54)