We all need to be responsible pet owners
A plea to all dog owners for the safety walkers, runners and bikers — please keep your pets contained.
I know you think “Rover” wouldn’t hurt anyone, and maybe you are correct, but there is always that chance.
Saturday morning (July 16) I was attacked and bitten. After a call to animal control, a trip to urgent care, antibiotics, tetanus shot and a good cleaning, I will mend.
People should not have to feel anxious about getting out, enjoying the neighborhood, and getting some exercise. Please be responsible pet owners!
Many can’t afford, buy or subsidize electric vehicles
Michelle Lujan Grisham, governor of New Mexico, is planning to install electric vehicle charging stations at 50-mile intervals along New Mexico interstate highways spending $10 million of state taxpayer’s money with more to come from the feds.
“Whether it’s a trip across town or across the state, we are using every available tool to ensure the everyone in New Mexico can benefit from electric vehicles.”
Everyone in New Mexico? I don’t think so. It certainly smacks of pandering to the elitists who are the only ones that can afford an EV.
New Mexico’s average income for its citizens is $46,325, and rates third with the highest poverty rate of 18.2 percent. Does that sound like everyone in New Mexico can afford an electric vehicle when the purchase price of an EV starts around $60,000, give or take $15,000?
Even a lower-priced EV is more money than New Mexico’s average wage earner can afford. The primary owners of EVs are the highly educated and financially well off, and are not representative of the majority that are the middle to low-income folks, or those on fixed incomes.
Not only are the majority of people in New Mexico, the middle, low-income and fixed-income people, ponying up the money for the EV charging stations, they are also giving their taxpayer dollars to subsidize the $7,500 tax credit to the people who are able to buy the EVs.
Also in New Mexico, the buyers of EVs do not pay any road taxes, only those of us who don’t own an EV pay for the maintenance of our road system.
Where does MLG think she’s going to get the power to run all of the many charging stations, when she is on board with the Biden administration for shutting down fossil fuels? It’s certainly not going to be from wind and solar.
The shuttering of San Juan Generating Station is scheduled to take place this fall and there is nothing to take its place. Fossil fuels are the backbone of our energy grid. New Mexico is the No. 2 oil-producing state in the union contributing around $6 billion a year to state coffers.
But MLG’s Energy Transition Act passed in 2019 will kill oil production in our state. It’s hard to believe anybody would think this is a smart move, but apparently our “let them eat cake” governor thinks it is.
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