Why did the mill levy fail?
The failed mill levy wasn’t a vote against 4-H or the County Extension.
It was a vote against an inept and incompetent County Commission who can’t seem to live within their budget, much less balance one. Remember, it was the County Commission that cut the mere $80,000 from the Extension’s budget out of a multimillion dollar budget.
Remember that Valencia County is the only county in the state that is not funding the 4-H and Extension Service. Remember, in November, when it is time to vote, that it is the Valencia County Commission that can’t seem to fund the 4-H.
The property voters did not “make a mistake” by voting against the mill levy. They were like good parents. The commission acted just like the kid who gets $2 to buy his lunch at school, spends it on a new CD and calls home to tell Mama that he is hungry.
Mama, being a good parent says, “Remember your hunger tomorrow and use your $2 wisely.”
Voters, remember, in November, when it is time to vote for your commissioner, it was the County Commission that cut the budget for the Extension Service and 4-H. It was not the property owners of Valencia County.
If celebrating with fireworks, please be responsibile
I awoke this morning at 3:25 a.m. to a sweet smell of a campfire. Then the horrible reality hit me — the smell was not a campfire but the smoke from one of the many forest fires that are currently destroying millions of acres in our beautiful nation.
After the panic and sadness subsided from me, I became enraged. I am angered because I recalled my trip into Albuquerque from Belen. Along the street, there are vendors selling fire
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works, and store shelves are stocked with fireworks being sold for the Fourth of July.
Fireworks! What is wrong with this picture?
Have we, as Americans, stooped so low to the irresponsibility of spending our hard earned money to contribute to our own destruction? Think about it people!
Perhaps it would be better to spend that money to educate our future generations about the real meaning behind the Fourth of July.
By the way, the Fourth of July is not fireworks day. It is a symbolic reminder of our earned independence.
Please use the fireworks responsibly and remember those who died for all of us to celebrate this day.
Where are the lame-duck county commissioners?
Well it appears another stealth tax-increase has failed.
I never knew anything about this request for additional funds through a tax increase until Saturday, June 15.
I would have voted, but I had made plans to visit my daughter in Texas. I could not help but notice that there was no provision for absentee or early voting.
Perhaps we can eliminate a layer of bureaucracy and save enough money to support the Extension Service some other way.
I was disappointed but not surprised at the lack of a quorum for the budget vote. Our lame-duck commissioners are apparently not interested in serving out their remaining time in office productively.
Let us not make the mistakes of the past. We should elect commissioners with a different view of our county and create a climate of prosperity and progress.
Our new commissioners should be people of honor and be committed to the taxpaying citizens and not our already wealthy developers.
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