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....... rr----rrrrrr HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010 9 Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex.net. Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for lJublication. All letters that are published shquld be consid- ered the opinion of the author, andnot necessarily that ofthe Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Thankyou Dear Editor, On behalf of the Hidalgo County Republican Party I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all those who assisted you with tonight's Hidalgo County Candidate's Forum. It was outstanding. I also want to thank the voters who came out to hear from the candidates on the iimportant" issues affecting our county. Lastly but by no means ]east I want to thank the 'candidate's for your responses to '.the tough questions that were iasked of you. We all had the op- iportunity to be a part of this pro- cess we call "politics." Thanks to the community for the ques- tions that were submitted to the Herald that allowed us to see ex- actly how those aspiring to sere the citizens of this county plan to represent us. I am thankful that we live in a country where we are free to express our opinions without fear of repercussion. Go Bless America and those who aspire to serve and those who continue to place their lives on the line to protect our freedom to practice freedom of speech. Thank you, Sheila Massey Hidalgo County Republi- can Chairman America's Bounty Letter To the Editor: It's officially fall - the time of year when the weather starts to cool, leaves begin to change and, for America's farmers, harvest is in full-swing. For the 98 percent of American's who are not directly involved in the agriculture indus- try, the 24/7;'-365 lives*'of 'farmers and ranchers may go unnoticed. But, if you are reading this article, thank a tree producer for the paper and a soybean producer for the ink. If you are enjoying a cup of coffee, glass of milk, a bite to eat while you read, thank a farmer or rancher. When you dress for work or play - you guessed it - thank the 2.2 million Americans involved in production agricul- ture. It's because of these indi- viduals that we enjoy the basic necessities of life - food, cloth- ing and shelter - in abundance and at a lower percentage of our expendable income than any- where else in the world. Nowhere but in the United States is such a wide variety of food available to everyday con- sumers. It's important to consider the farmers, ranchers and growers who work day in and day out to produce a plentiful, safe, afford- able supply of food, fiber and fuel. The agriculture industry jn New Mexico is as diverse as its topography and people. Our 20,500 farms and ranches provide for nearly 25,000 jobs. The mar- ket value of agriculture products generated and sold by New Mexico's agriculture operations is more than $2.2 billion. Agriculture continues to be a major contributor to the State's economy with the livestock in- dustry accounting for approxi- mately 70% of the agricultural cash receipts. Cattle sales, milk and dairy products dominate the livestock cash receipts. Alfalfa hay, chile, pecans, and green- house products account for the biggest portion of the crop cash receipts. So this week, as you visit the grocery store, a restaurant or farmer's market or sit down to a meal with family and friends, I ask that you join my colleagues and me at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in thanking America's farmers and ranchers. I'm certain they will be grateful to know that their fellow citizens appreciate their role in making America a truly great nation. Respectfully submitted, Salomon E. Ramirez State Executive Director USDA-Farm Service Agency New Mexico State Office Taking a stand Madam Editor, Mr. Parra, my congratula- tions for a person of your dedica- tion towards the Hidalgo Demo- cratic Party. Now that Mrs. Massey has seen a professional at work, maybe she and other Re- publicans will not vote straight ticket and vote for the Democrats,. especially for Diane Denish for governor. Keep up the good work! Voters, the Republicans are trying to make Pelosi a devil. She is just trying to correct large in- iquities left by the eight years of Bush's "tonterias" and fiscal problems and worst of them were the wars and the hundred of bil- lion dollars to pay even now. So,- let's go out and happily vote for Democrats, let's leave them there for a six yetr stint. Welfare? I don't know if all, those ranchers and farmers are sending back all those dollars they get from the U.S. Govern- ment monthly, quarterly, or yearly. It's their welfare!! To understand why the elit- ist politician lies so much, espe- cially Republican, I recommend reading the book written by Howard Zinn titled A Peoples History of the United States. It's a 600 page book. Felipe A lvarez' Lordsburg LOUNGE Mark your cal.endars If A for the ..... .... 4b Slap in the face? Dear Editor, I am responding to the letter to the editor titled "Decide for YourselF' in last week's publica- tion of the Herald submitted by the Republican Chairperson. As a Chairperson to a ma- jor political party, part of their role is to reach out to every American Citizen to "take an ac- tive part, and to encourage full participation in the ongoing political process of their respec- tive party. As the Democratic Chair- person, that is exactly what I have done and I will continue to do so. Furthermore, I have encouraged the voters of Hidalgo County to consider vot- ing a straight democratic ticket, not only locally, but also state- wide. We, the Democratic Party, have worked very hard in Irying to promote the party and the democratic candidates to the voters. We have worked hard as a team and unity, not as one person. It is our duty to reach out to the voters whether it is through political advertise- ments in the form of interviews in the Herald, or by reaching out door to door in an attempt to visit with as many voters as possible. It is not the responsi- bility of the voter to seek the information; on the contrary, it is our responsibility to get the information to the voters. If we are wrong in promoting the party, then would it be fair to say that our entire country is wrong, since there are paid ad- vertisements and ads on a daily basis promoting both parties in the newspapers, radios, and tele- vision? As for the alleged sample ballots, I don't believe that our County Clerk has released such ballots yet, and we have not made up a sample ballot. How- ever, many families and orga- nizations unite together and agree on voting for certain can- didates. Does this mean that they shouldn't conduct them- selves in this manner for fear of being accused of creating a sample ballot? We cannot depend on a one time two hour forum tor the vot- ers to decide on whom to vote for. What about our elderly, or our disabled veterans, or our senior citizens, or our handicap voters who cannot attend the forum and depend on the Her- a/d? This is one of the reasons why the Democratic Party is providing the information to the Herald. For the readers who cannot attend forums, and all others who look forward to the information. To depend on a one time forum, and to imply that we should not promote and provide political information to the voters via the Herald, means that we would deprive the vot- ers from making a good deci- sion on whom to vote for. This implication, in my opinion, is a slap in the face to the ones who depend on the Herald for po- litical information to decide on whom to vote for. There are over 1700 regis- tered democrats and over 900 registered Republicans in Hidalgo County. The Republi- can Chairperson has good rea- • son to criticize us for the politi- cal advertisements and for en- couraging a straight democratic ticket. It is in my opinion that the Republican Chairperson is having a difficult time distin- guishing the difference between political parties artd what the duties of a Chairperson are. As a Chairperson, you cannot have the best of-two worlds. If a Chairperson cannot promote and reach out to every American Citizen to take an active part, and to encourage full participa- tion in the ongoing political pro- cess of their respective party, and encourage the right to vote a straight ticket, then maybe that Chairperson should consider re- linquishing their role as a Chairperson. In closing, I would like to encourage the voters of Hidalgo County tO consider voting for a team of unity, the democratic team, starting early wting on Octo- ber 5, 2010. God Bless America and God Bless Everyone. Sincerely, Robert C. Parra Hidalgo CounO' Democratic Chairperson Bring it on! In response to last week's let- ter to the editor, September 24 '' 2010 issue, "Decide for Yourself', I questioned several distinctive phrases that were alarmingly am- biguous and ridiculous. The first phrase stated by the writer, "some advertisements in the form of in- terviews, generated mixed emo- tions" Although the writer was not specific on which interviews l will use my logic and infer that she was referring to the interviews in which I conducted, l am de- lighted to know that such writ- ing has evoked feelings whether in the form of an advertisements, articles or interviews. Secondly she stated, "...the voters of Hidalgo County are smart enough to 'seek the infor- mation they need to help them decide who they' will vote for" Of course Hidalgo County citizens are smart enough to make up their own minds, but not all voters have access to information unless individuals like myself and other educators provide it. Knowledge is power ad comprehension is at times difficult for individuals because we all have different learning styles. In fact most indi- viduals learn by visual aids. • Therelore the use of mock ballots is a marvelous tool don't you think? Educating a person is not a "slap in the face" In order for us to appreciate diversity especially in language and communication we must accept and understand ones culture. Our primary lan- guage connects us to our heritage and who we are as individuals. write-in candidate OOV00kN+R Of New Mexico Rodeo Resident * Call 575-557-1142 The more education a person has, the more knowledge they ac- quire, the least likely they are to be prejudice. Education unlocks the doors to prejudice. It opens one's eyes to the world--new and different cultures, religions, and traditions. Moreover, I will not be op- pressed by silencing my "voice" because the Republican Chair feels distressed, if I choose to speak out on issues and state facts I most certainly will. Her use of the "The Bully Pulpit" does not intimidate me. Like W.E.B. Du Bois, instead of ago- nizing over inequality I too will find the strength within me and uncover the truths behind social and political structures. And the only Way out of oppression is to use my voice and by doing that I will remove the veil of self-con- sciousness. I am loyal to my party as the Vice-Chair and it is my obliga- tion and responsibility to support and aid my Democratic oandi- dates. I know where I stand, what kind of leader would I be if did not extol the qualities or merits of my party? Yet the Republican Chair dares to question the voice from the Democratic Party's lead- ership to vote straight ticket? It is the leaders' job, whether a Democrat or Republican. Neomi O. Martinez-Parra Vice-Chair of the Demo- [2 F R O cratic Party OM THE SUNSHINE Hvr= Staff members and residents of Sunshine Haven gathered together to celebrate several residents' birthdays. Here we have staff mem- bers. Kelley Goodrum, Jason Jacquez, Susan Palomarez, Maria Cruz, and volunteerTina Garcia with one of the birthday residents. SHNH staff busy with new residents By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Hello Lordsburg! I hope you've been enjoying the sunshine as much as we have at Sunshine Haven. The rose garden is still at full bloom and the grass is as green as ever. We have been as busy as ever with new inquiries, people have been coming in for tours and the call have been coming in as well. We are excited about the new residents we have been blessed with and our newest staff members as well. This week we had several birthdays to celebrate and even had a community birthday party set up by our activities department. It was great fun for the.entire community: We are aMo very excited about the local sports going on. The team Mavericks football team and Lady Mavericks Volleyball 'h-av'e been doing great. The Staff has been trying to wear their orange and black on Fri- days to go along with what the schools and the rest of the community does in support of Maverick sports. It certainly would be nice to be able to gear up our residents as well. So, if you have any Mavericks gear you'd like to donate to the facility for one of our residents, bring it on! Let's get our residents geared up with Maverick orange and black!! Well that is it for this week; let me leave you with this thought: "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothi.ng else can bring." - Oscar Wilde See ya next week! HgPP918t;h Birt;hdgU, I greatly appreciate everyone who came out to the Candidate Forum Monday night at the Elks Lodge. As your candidate for Hidalgo County Commissioner Position One I am impressed by the interests, concerns, and questions you brought to me. I especially enjoyed the enthusiasm by the audience at the forum and thank you for your support. I would like to visit with everyone from Hidalgo County and listen to your needs so that I may represent you as an inlormed elected official that places the interests of the voters first and that represents all citizens fairly. Thank you and I appreciate your support in the November 2nd general election. Respectfully, ED KERR Hidalgo County Commissioner Candidate Position 1 ....... rr----rrrrrr HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010 9 Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex.net. Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for lJublication. All letters that are published shquld be consid- ered the opinion of the author, andnot necessarily that ofthe Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Thankyou Dear Editor, On behalf of the Hidalgo County Republican Party I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all those who assisted you with tonight's Hidalgo County Candidate's Forum. It was outstanding. I also want to thank the voters who came out to hear from the candidates on the iimportant" issues affecting our county. Lastly but by no means ]east I want to thank the 'candidate's for your responses to '.the tough questions that were iasked of you. We all had the op- iportunity to be a part of this pro- cess we call "politics." Thanks to the community for the ques- tions that were submitted to the Herald that allowed us to see ex- actly how those aspiring to sere the citizens of this county plan to represent us. I am thankful that we live in a country where we are free to express our opinions without fear of repercussion. Go Bless America and those who aspire to serve and those who continue to place their lives on the line to protect our freedom to practice freedom of speech. Thank you, Sheila Massey Hidalgo County Republi- can Chairman America's Bounty Letter To the Editor: It's officially fall - the time of year when the weather starts to cool, leaves begin to change and, for America's farmers, harvest is in full-swing. For the 98 percent of American's who are not directly involved in the agriculture indus- try, the 24/7;'-365 lives*'of 'farmers and ranchers may go unnoticed. But, if you are reading this article, thank a tree producer for the paper and a soybean producer for the ink. If you are enjoying a cup of coffee, glass of milk, a bite to eat while you read, thank a farmer or rancher. When you dress for work or play - you guessed it - thank the 2.2 million Americans involved in production agricul- ture. It's because of these indi- viduals that we enjoy the basic necessities of life - food, cloth- ing and shelter - in abundance and at a lower percentage of our expendable income than any- where else in the world. Nowhere but in the United States is such a wide variety of food available to everyday con- sumers. It's important to consider the farmers, ranchers and growers who work day in and day out to produce a plentiful, safe, afford- able supply of food, fiber and fuel. The agriculture industry jn New Mexico is as diverse as its topography and people. Our 20,500 farms and ranches provide for nearly 25,000 jobs. The mar- ket value of agriculture products generated and sold by New Mexico's agriculture operations is more than $2.2 billion. Agriculture continues to be a major contributor to the State's economy with the livestock in- dustry accounting for approxi- mately 70% of the agricultural cash receipts. Cattle sales, milk and dairy products dominate the livestock cash receipts. Alfalfa hay, chile, pecans, and green- house products account for the biggest portion of the crop cash receipts. So this week, as you visit the grocery store, a restaurant or farmer's market or sit down to a meal with family and friends, I ask that you join my colleagues and me at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in thanking America's farmers and ranchers. I'm certain they will be grateful to know that their fellow citizens appreciate their role in making America a truly great nation. Respectfully submitted, Salomon E. Ramirez State Executive Director USDA-Farm Service Agency New Mexico State Office Taking a stand Madam Editor, Mr. Parra, my congratula- tions for a person of your dedica- tion towards the Hidalgo Demo- cratic Party. Now that Mrs. Massey has seen a professional at work, maybe she and other Re- publicans will not vote straight ticket and vote for the Democrats,. especially for Diane Denish for governor. Keep up the good work! Voters, the Republicans are trying to make Pelosi a devil. She is just trying to correct large in- iquities left by the eight years of Bush's "tonterias" and fiscal problems and worst of them were the wars and the hundred of bil- lion dollars to pay even now. So,- let's go out and happily vote for Democrats, let's leave them there for a six yetr stint. Welfare? I don't know if all, those ranchers and farmers are sending back all those dollars they get from the U.S. Govern- ment monthly, quarterly, or yearly. It's their welfare!! To understand why the elit- ist politician lies so much, espe- cially Republican, I recommend reading the book written by Howard Zinn titled A Peoples History of the United States. It's a 600 page book. Felipe A lvarez' Lordsburg LOUNGE Mark your cal.endars If A for the ..... .... 4b Slap in the face? Dear Editor, I am responding to the letter to the editor titled "Decide for YourselF' in last week's publica- tion of the Herald submitted by the Republican Chairperson. As a Chairperson to a ma- jor political party, part of their role is to reach out to every American Citizen to "take an ac- tive part, and to encourage full participation in the ongoing political process of their respec- tive party. As the Democratic Chair- person, that is exactly what I have done and I will continue to do so. Furthermore, I have encouraged the voters of Hidalgo County to consider vot- ing a straight democratic ticket, not only locally, but also state- wide. We, the Democratic Party, have worked very hard in Irying to promote the party and the democratic candidates to the voters. We have worked hard as a team and unity, not as one person. It is our duty to reach out to the voters whether it is through political advertise- ments in the form of interviews in the Herald, or by reaching out door to door in an attempt to visit with as many voters as possible. It is not the responsi- bility of the voter to seek the information; on the contrary, it is our responsibility to get the information to the voters. If we are wrong in promoting the party, then would it be fair to say that our entire country is wrong, since there are paid ad- vertisements and ads on a daily basis promoting both parties in the newspapers, radios, and tele- vision? As for the alleged sample ballots, I don't believe that our County Clerk has released such ballots yet, and we have not made up a sample ballot. How- ever, many families and orga- nizations unite together and agree on voting for certain can- didates. Does this mean that they shouldn't conduct them- selves in this manner for fear of being accused of creating a sample ballot? We cannot depend on a one time two hour forum tor the vot- ers to decide on whom to vote for. What about our elderly, or our disabled veterans, or our senior citizens, or our handicap voters who cannot attend the forum and depend on the Her- a/d? This is one of the reasons why the Democratic Party is providing the information to the Herald. For the readers who cannot attend forums, and all others who look forward to the information. To depend on a one time forum, and to imply that we should not promote and provide political information to the voters via the Herald, means that we would deprive the vot- ers from making a good deci- sion on whom to vote for. This implication, in my opinion, is a slap in the face to the ones who depend on the Herald for po- litical information to decide on whom to vote for. There are over 1700 regis- tered democrats and over 900 registered Republicans in Hidalgo County. The Republi- can Chairperson has good rea- • son to criticize us for the politi- cal advertisements and for en- couraging a straight democratic ticket. It is in my opinion that the Republican Chairperson is having a difficult time distin- guishing the difference between political parties artd what the duties of a Chairperson are. As a Chairperson, you cannot have the best of-two worlds. If a Chairperson cannot promote and reach out to every American Citizen to take an active part, and to encourage full participa- tion in the ongoing political pro- cess of their respective party, and encourage the right to vote a straight ticket, then maybe that Chairperson should consider re- linquishing their role as a Chairperson. In closing, I would like to encourage the voters of Hidalgo County tO consider voting for a team of unity, the democratic team, starting early wting on Octo- ber 5, 2010. God Bless America and God Bless Everyone. Sincerely, Robert C. Parra Hidalgo CounO' Democratic Chairperson Bring it on! In response to last week's let- ter to the editor, September 24 '' 2010 issue, "Decide for Yourself', I questioned several distinctive phrases that were alarmingly am- biguous and ridiculous. The first phrase stated by the writer, "some advertisements in the form of in- terviews, generated mixed emo- tions" Although the writer was not specific on which interviews l will use my logic and infer that she was referring to the interviews in which I conducted, l am de- lighted to know that such writ- ing has evoked feelings whether in the form of an advertisements, articles or interviews. Secondly she stated, "...the voters of Hidalgo County are smart enough to 'seek the infor- mation they need to help them decide who they' will vote for" Of course Hidalgo County citizens are smart enough to make up their own minds, but not all voters have access to information unless individuals like myself and other educators provide it. Knowledge is power ad comprehension is at times difficult for individuals because we all have different learning styles. In fact most indi- viduals learn by visual aids. • Therelore the use of mock ballots is a marvelous tool don't you think? Educating a person is not a "slap in the face" In order for us to appreciate diversity especially in language and communication we must accept and understand ones culture. Our primary lan- guage connects us to our heritage and who we are as individuals. write-in candidate OOV00kN+R Of New Mexico Rodeo Resident * Call 575-557-1142 The more education a person has, the more knowledge they ac- quire, the least likely they are to be prejudice. Education unlocks the doors to prejudice. It opens one's eyes to the world--new and different cultures, religions, and traditions. Moreover, I will not be op- pressed by silencing my "voice" because the Republican Chair feels distressed, if I choose to speak out on issues and state facts I most certainly will. Her use of the "The Bully Pulpit" does not intimidate me. Like W.E.B. Du Bois, instead of ago- nizing over inequality I too will find the strength within me and uncover the truths behind social and political structures. And the only Way out of oppression is to use my voice and by doing that I will remove the veil of self-con- sciousness. I am loyal to my party as the Vice-Chair and it is my obliga- tion and responsibility to support and aid my Democratic oandi- dates. I know where I stand, what kind of leader would I be if did not extol the qualities or merits of my party? Yet the Republican Chair dares to question the voice from the Democratic Party's lead- ership to vote straight ticket? It is the leaders' job, whether a Democrat or Republican. Neomi O. Martinez-Parra Vice-Chair of the Demo- [2 F R O cratic Party OM THE SUNSHINE Hvr= Staff members and residents of Sunshine Haven gathered together to celebrate several residents' birthdays. Here we have staff mem- bers. Kelley Goodrum, Jason Jacquez, Susan Palomarez, Maria Cruz, and volunteerTina Garcia with one of the birthday residents. SHNH staff busy with new residents By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Hello Lordsburg! I hope you've been enjoying the sunshine as much as we have at Sunshine Haven. The rose garden is still at full bloom and the grass is as green as ever. We have been as busy as ever with new inquiries, people have been coming in for tours and the call have been coming in as well. We are excited about the new residents we have been blessed with and our newest staff members as well. This week we had several birthdays to celebrate and even had a community birthday party set up by our activities department. It was great fun for the.entire community: We are aMo very excited about the local sports going on. The team Mavericks football team and Lady Mavericks Volleyball 'h-av'e been doing great. The Staff has been trying to wear their orange and black on Fri- days to go along with what the schools and the rest of the community does in support of Maverick sports. It certainly would be nice to be able to gear up our residents as well. So, if you have any Mavericks gear you'd like to donate to the facility for one of our residents, bring it on! Let's get our residents geared up with Maverick orange and black!! Well that is it for this week; let me leave you with this thought: "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothi.ng else can bring." - Oscar Wilde See ya next week! HgPP918t;h Birt;hdgU, I greatly appreciate everyone who came out to the Candidate Forum Monday night at the Elks Lodge. As your candidate for Hidalgo County Commissioner Position One I am impressed by the interests, concerns, and questions you brought to me. I especially enjoyed the enthusiasm by the audience at the forum and thank you for your support. I would like to visit with everyone from Hidalgo County and listen to your needs so that I may represent you as an inlormed elected official that places the interests of the voters first and that represents all citizens fairly. Thank you and I appreciate your support in the November 2nd general election. Respectfully, ED KERR Hidalgo County Commissioner Candidate Position 1 'MAGi SMALLTOW"PAPERS '"C ALL CO"TE"T COPR'G"TE0 ALL R'G"TS RESERVE° HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010 Leffers to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- aid urges aders to voice their opin- ions by writing in Letters can he mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B. or can be e-mailed to beherald@nex.neL Only let- ters that  signed by the au- thor will he considered for lJublieation. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, d not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald Read ors are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech• Thank you Dear Editor, On behalf of the Hidalgo County Republican Party 1 want to take this opportunity to thank you and all those who assisted you with tonight's Hidalgo County Candidate's Forum• It was outstding. I also want to thank the voters who came out to hear from the candidates on the important issues affecting our county. Lastly but by no means least l want to thank the candidate's for your responses to the tough questions that were asked of you. We all had the op- portun0y to be a part of this pro. cuss we call "politics" Thanks to the community for the ques- tions that were submitted to the Herald that allowed us to see ex- actly how those aspiring to sere the citizens of this county plan to represent us. i am thankful that we live in a country where we are free to express our opinions without fe of repercussion• God Bless America and those who aspire to serve and those who continue to place their lives on the line to protect our freedom to practice freedom of speech• Thank you. Sheila Massey Hidalgo County Republi- c'an Chairman America's Bounty Letter To the Editor: It's officially fall the time of ye when the weather starts to el. leaves begin to change and. for America's fers, harvest is in full-swing. For tbe 98 peleent of American's who arc not direcdy involved in the agriculture ndus try. the 2;5"65 lives offame and rancbers may go unnoticed• But, if you are reading this article, thank a tree producer for the paper and a soybean producer for the ink. If you are enjoying a cup of coffee, glass of milk. a bite to eat while you read, thank a farmer or rancher. When you dress for work or play - you guessed it - thank the 22 million Americans involved in production agricul- ture. It's because of these indi viduals that we enjoy the basic necessities of life food, cloth- ing and shelter - in abundance and at a lower percentage of oul expendable income than any where else in the world• Nowhere but in the United States is such a wide variety at food available to everyday con shiners. It's important to consider the fe, rehers and growers who work day in and day out to produce a plentiful, safe. afford able supply of food. fiber and fuel. The agriculture industry in New Mexico is as diverse as its topography and poople. Our 20,500 farms and rches provide for nely 25.O0O jobs• The mar ket value of agricultu producls generated and sold by New Mexico's agriculture operations is mole th $2.2 billion• Agriculture continues to bc a major contributor to the State's economy with the livestock in- dustry accounting for approxi mutely 70% of the agricultural cash receipts, Cattle sales, milk and dairy products dominate the livestock cash receipts Alfalfa hay. chile, pecans, and green- house products account for the biggest portion of the crop cash receipts• So this week. as you visit the grocery store, a restaurant or faer's mathct or sit down to a meal with family and friends, I ask that you join my colleagues and me at the U S. Department of Agriculture in thanking America's famaers and ranchers I'm certain the) will be gratelul to know that their felth citizens appreciate their role jn making America a truly great natiou. Rewetfullv ubmined, Salomon E Ramwec State Executive Director USDA-gkJrm Sea.ice • Age,,(v New Mexico State ofjlce Taking a stand Madam Editor, Mr. Parra. my congratula- tions for a person of your dedlca 0on towds the Hidalgo Dcmo- craric Party. Now thai Mrs, Massey has seen a professional at work. maybe she and other Re- publicans will not vote straigth ticket d vote for the Democrats, especially for Diane Denisb for governor• Keep up the good work! Voters, the Republicans are trying to make Pelosi a devil• She is just trying to covert large in iquities left by the eight yes of Bush's "tonterias" and riscal problems and worst of them ere the wars and the hundred of b0 lion dollars to pay even now. So, let's go out and happily vote for Democrats. legs leave them there tot a six year stint Weffe? I don't know if all those ranchers and farmers are sending back all those dollars they get from the U.S, Govern ment monddy, quarterly, or yearly. It's their weffeU To understand why the elit- ist politician lies so much. espe- cially Republican, I recommend reading the book written hy Howard Zinn titled History of the United States• It's a 600 page book. Fellpe Ab,arez LordYburg How proud we are of who you've become and the achievement ,ou've accomolished! Here's wishinq best of luck on a bric Slap in the face? Dear Editor. 1 am reslx)nding u, Ihe Icttcl to the editor titled "Decide k)r Yourself" th last week's publica lion of the Helaid submdtcd by the Republican Chairpermn As a Chairperson 1o a ma jor political party, part cri their role is to reach uuI to ecry American Citizen to 'take an ac tire part. and to encourage hdl participation in the ogolng political process ol their respcc live party• As the Democratic Cbair person, that is exactly whal [ have done and 1 will continue to do so, Furthelnmle, I hae encouraged thc vntcls oI Hidalgo County to considel ot- ing a straight denmclabc Pckct not only locally, thl[ 8]0 shtte wide. We. the Democratic Party. have orkcd very htrd in trying to promnte the patty and ihe democralic candidates to the oters We hae worked hard as a team and undv not a one persom It is nur duty to reach out to the olers bether it is through political advcrfise menls in the olnl el illlelies in tbe Herald. or b) icaching ()tit door to dool ill ;m atternpl to visit with as many wters as pmsible h i not the responsi- bility ol the vnter to seek Ihc informmion; nn the cumrar), it s ou re pmsibili v m get the information to the w)tcrs Ii e are wrong ill mmo mg le part)', then woulld d bit hfirfltu say tbal our entire conntry F wrong, since there are paid ad vertisements and ads on a daily basis prt)molaig hodl purling in Ihe newspapers, radios, and /EIc vision? As for the alleged sample ballots. ] don't believe that o/it County Clerk bus reletscd such ballots yet, and we have not made up a sample ballot. How ever, many families and orga- nizations unite togethel and agree on voting for ceriaiu can diddles Does this mean thU Ihey shouldn'l conduct them selves in this manner lor tear ol being accused td creatHig a sample ballot'? Wc cannot depend on a one time two hour lboum for the ol- ers to decide on whom to ote for. What about our elderly, or our disabled eterans, or our senior citizens, or our handica 0 voters whn cannot attend the torum and depend on the Her aid'? This is one of the reasons why the Demtcratic Part is providing the infonnathm It( Ihe Herald For the readers h,, cannot attend forums, and all others who look thrward to tile iatormatthn, qo depend on a one time forum, and to imply that we should not promote and provide political information to the voters via the Herald, means that we would deprive the vol ors from making a good deci sion on whom to vote lor. lhis implication, in m) opinion, is 1 slap in tile ace to the ones whn depend on the Herald for pu The more educagon a person has. Ibical infiumfion to decide oll the more knowledge they ac whom to w)tE ol There arc OVel 1700 rcgis- ,e,ed dem.crat uud oer '00 registered Republiean in Hidalgo County¸ The Republi can Chai,pelon has good rea son to clbiclze us for the politi cal advemsements and for en- couraging a straight democratic ticket¸ It is ill my opinion tha the Republican Chairpersnn .s having a thlficuit time distin guisbiug [be difference between polriicai parties a,d what the duties td a Chairperson are As a Chairperson, you cannot bavc the besl of-two worlds¸ If a Chadpe,son can,t promote a.d ieach .Ul to evmy American Citizen IO take an active part, aud to cucourage lull participa tion ill the ungohlg pol0ical pro- tess of their respective party. and enc,,urage the righl to vote a struight ticket, then maybe that Clndrpcrson should consider re- fiuquishing their rnle as a Chairporun In closing, l would like to encourage the voters of Hidalgo Cuunty t,, c,mider .ting lot a team of tm,ty, the democratic team, ,tln0ng cdy v,,dng ,,,, Oct,,- her 5 201(} God BlEss America aud God Bles Eeryone Si,wereh /lidalo gou,,ty Dcu,,,, ,,nl, ¸ gg,,i,7,er,o,, Bring it on! In response u, last weEk' let u'r to the edth, geptenther 2d" 2fil0 isue, "D'c,de /b, Yo,,r, ', ] quesfiom'd cveral dilincoc phrases that were alarndngly am biguous and ridiculous The firsl phrase slated by Ihe wrger, "*ome mb'etiement in thefirm oj in ,r; ,,, %,e ,rated mied emo tiou " Abhough the writer w'as not spccilic on which interview5 I ill use my logic and inter that sbe as referring to the inteiews in hich I cnnducted. I am de lighted to knuw that such writ ins has eoked leelings whether in die Iurln of an advertisements, articles or interviews 5econd/y she stated. ".the oter of Ilidalgo Count3 are' r e h , e,k le nf,,r marion the need to help tgem deride MI, the ,ill vote fir" 01 course Hidalgo County citizens ale smart ennugh IO make up tbcB own minds, but not all voters have acces to informadon unless individuals llkc m',sefi and other educators provide it. Knowledge is pocr arid comprehension is at rifles dillicult fur individuals because we all have dllferent learning st21es lu lact most thdi iduals learn by visual aids • "lberefom the use of mock ballots is a marvelous toni don't uu think'? Edealing a person is no/ a "slap in the face" In order for us to appreciate diversity especadlp nl language and communication we nlut accept and understand ones culture. Our primary lan guagc cOlnlects us to our heritage and who we are as individuals and political structus. And the only vay out of oppression is to quire, the least likely they are to use my voice and hy doing that I be preJudice• Education unlocks will remove the veil of selLcon- the doors to prejudice It opens sciouness one's eyes to the world new and I am loyal 1o my party as the difl:renl cultures, religions, and Vice Chair and it is my obliga traditions lion and sponsibility to support Moreover. 1 will not be op- and aid my Democratic oandi- pressed hy silencing my "voice" dates• I know he i stand, what because the Republican Chair kind of leader would 1 he if did feels distressed, if I choose to not extol the qualities or merits speak out on issues and state of my patty? Yet the Repoblican lacts I most certainly will• Her Chair des to question the voice use of tbe "'The Bully Pulpil" from the Democratic Party's lead- does not intimidate me Like ership to vote straight ticket? It W.E.B Du Bois. instead of ago is the leaders' joh. whether a nizing ever inequality 1 too will Democrat or Repuhlican. lind tbc strength within mc and Neomi O. Martinez-Rarra uncover the Iruths behind social Vice-Chair of the Demo- NOTES FROM THE SUNSHINE HAV= staff members and resklents of Sunshine Haven gathered togltr to celebrate several residents' birthdays, Here we have staff mem- bers. Kelley Goodrum, Jason Jacquez, Susan Palomaez, Marl Cruz, and volunteer Tina Garcia with one of the birthday residents. SHNH staff busy with new residents By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Hello Lordsburg I hope you've been enjoying the sunshine as much as we have at Sunshine Haven. The rose garden is still at full hlo)m and the gross i s as green as ever. We have been as busy as ever with new inquiries, people have been coming in for tours aud the call have been coming in as well. We are excited about the new residents we have been blessed with d uur newest staff members as well. This week we had several birthdays to celebrate and even had a community birthday party set up by our activities department. It was great fun for the entire community We are aMo very excited about the local sports going on. The Mavericks football team and Lady Mavericks Volleyball team h-a been doing great, Tbe Staff has been trying to wear their orange and black on Fri- days to go akmg with what the schools and the rest of the conuthty does in support of Maverick sports It certainly would be nice to be able to gear up our residents as wcq. So. if you have any Mavericks g you'd like to donate to the lhcildy for one of our residents, bring it ont Let's get our residents geared up with Maverick orange and blackH Well that is it for this week; let me leave you with this thought: "Keep love in your heart A life without it is like a sunless gden wben the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving d being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring•" - Oscar Wilde See ya next week] HgPP918t;h Birt;hdgU, li We love yo! 575-640-8081 ]"* -- | Q- Bl,Jhd DM, Mom.gh.leg..,t,ec 100 E. 6th St. ig I t a inv.ynHr r Iorac io, lgnacio & Mauri eio 575-5748219 'TiiE '' I  greatly appreci ...... ry .... h ....... t to the ] Candidate Forum Monday night at the Elks Lodge. As One ] am impressed by the interests, concerns, and questions you brought to me. 1 especially enjoyed the e forum and thank you far _, "'00'tlair/v. with everyone from Hidalgo County and listen to your needs so that i may rcplx.'seat you as an informed elected official that places the I write-in candidate[ I f6r the ..... ., 4t, I1  I i tji l,00lflCNi00=0000l 2nd general elcctkm. l00ntnx,0000l, OfNewMexid::),[00nd000000e, ...... Respectfully, ED KERR Hidalgo County Commissioner Candidate I Rodeo Resident * Call 575-557-1142 J .... ° "Pxsition 1