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NOT GETTING OFF
Geeeeeeeez Louise-the column "Getting It On" is a waste of ink and space. What is the problem with the Reporter? Do you really think with daily issues of domestic violence, child porn, pedophilia, gangs and general social deterioration, readers need more crap to read? He calls that passion? The column is trash. And the "Pig" is still writing mindless and "tasteless" restaurant reviews. Geez.
Thank you for bringing back Tom Tomorrow's "This Modern World."
When I traded my unleaded gasoline-burning truck for a VW with a diesel engine, it was with the intention of switching into a combination of diesel and***image1*** vegetable oil fuels. Starting from the book From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank, by Jonathan Tickell, one thing led to the next. Pretty soon there was a simple setup with five-gallon buckets to carry and process the oil in my garage. Last summer the first batches of fuel passed the tests for viscosity and ph. Without getting into the details, let me say that making homemade fuel has been a great experience in paying attention to details. I also bought a few gallons of Biodiesel 20 at the Amigo Mart Station on Cerrillos Road and Baca Street, which is a 20 percent blend of vegetable oil. By adding several gallons of my homebrew, I brought the ratio up to 60 percent. Then Katrina hit and the price of gasoline started to take off [Cover story, Sept. 28: "I Sing the Scooter Electric"]. Suddenly what makes good environmental sense also makes good economic sense.
NOT SO GRUBIE
Regarding your quick interview with Senator John Grubesic [SFR Talk, Oct. 5: "Feeling Grubie"] I thought in the interests of journalistic integrity you might want the enclosed information although it may be too little too late.
Additional information can be accessed at www.alcoholics-anonymous.org. It's a shame your reporter and our senator hadn't thought to visit it before their "chat."
Editor's Note: The "enclosed information" with this letter was regarding AA's stance on anonymity of its members.
CUT THE CUTBACKS
In 2004 New Mexico dropped from 46th to 48th place in state rankings of child well-being reflecting a systematic underinvestment in vulnerable and
low-income families. Now policy makers at the state level have joined those in the nation's capitol to assure a future that is even worse.
Enjoying the prospect of huge budget surpluses, New Mexico law makers are considering giving taxpayers a paltry rebate rather than investing in the badly underfunded health and educations systems that could move children, families and our state to a more secure place.
Investing the $100 to $200 million that is to be returned to New Mexicans in $80 to $200 checks in the high impact strategies of our state's Community Action Network which is committed to out-of-poverty and ending poverty agendas would change lives forever.
Looking at Congress' 2006 budget calling for more than $35 billion to be cut from federal spending, much of it coming from programs that are a much-needed lifeline to low- and middle-income Americans, I find myself near despair.
Is it not time for us to demand that policy makers reject budget cuts that deny help to vulnerable children, the elderly and people with disabilities and roll back tax cuts that help the wealthy and connected in favor of the working poor?
Ona Porter, Executive Director
Community Action New Mexico
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