Thursday, October 16, 2014

Colfax County Politics "UPDATED"

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The Sheriff's race is getting interesting. An article in today's Raton Comet has a great in depth article on the Colfax County Sheriff's race between long time Colfax County resident and long time law enforcement officer Lawrence Trujillo on the right in the photo above and recent newcomer from Neveda and long time law enforcement officer on the left in the photo Rick Sinclair. On the face of it it seems like a toss up at this point. Mr. Sinclair is out and about putting up signs and meeting people. He will have a meet and greet on Saturday.

Mr. Sinclair is one savvy politician, something we have not seen here as of late. He went and found an "undersheriff candidate" Leonard Baca who is the son of our County Clerk, Freda Baca. This is in an effort to woo two distinct voter blocks with whom Mr. Sinclair would have had a lot of problems. The Hispanics and the Democrats. Mr. Sinclair knows he would have to get more votes than the  Republicans in the county if he even wants a shot at the position. He needs a few Hispanics and a few Democrats. Mr. Sinclair somehow convinced Mr. Leonard Baca to join him.

I am not sure Mr. Trujillo saw this coming. Now Mr. Sinclair has a person in the form of Leonard Baca who can speak to the Democrats and Hispanics one to one. Mr. Sinclair, a Republican, must have read up on some New Mexico political history. This will definitely complicate Mr. Trujillos efforts.

Some folks want new blood, some want local experience. Mr. Trujillo wants to change the whole department, sortta like a new blood candidate. Mr. Sinclair wants to just continue with the department as it is as he likes the way it has been working, sortta like an old hand.

Both have disturbing history, Mr. Trujillo was acquitted of tipping of a drug dealer on a pending drug bust. Very disturbing, even with the acquittal.

Mr. Sinclair has been a dead beat dad in the past needing to get sued by an ex wife to support his children. That is horrible for any man, much less one running for Sheriff.

Only in America ladies and gentelmen.

The Raton Comet. One Great Edition

The Raton Comet did one hell of a job on their Thursday, October 16-22, 2014 edition.  You do not see this type of reporting in a weekly, much less a free weekly. Good and interesting pictures, great in depth coverage of the Sheriffs race as well as one on the horrific gas prices in Raton, an excellent if a bit off editorial, good local cartoon, Some local interest articles about the Shuler and the local head coach. And to top it all of, a nice article about the Frank Cimino's

This is what a small town newspaper should be about. Better coverage of the issues than the old Raton Range.

I hope they keep this up, was getting worried with no other local news outlet. KRTN is an ok radio station, but not good at news reporting.


Monday, October 13, 2014

The battle of the political signs in the Colfax County Sheriff's race.... Who is ahead?

Both Lawrence Trujillo and Rick Sinclair and their supporters have been out posting signs. Who is ahead in the signs? My guess is Rick Sinclair. Signs do not equate to votes but they do give a person an indication of the effort on the part of the candidates. Here Lawrence Trujillo seems to be falling behind. Even on the East Side of Raton whee you would expect more Trujillo signs.

What is going on?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Colfax County Sheriff's Race Heats Up.

It's a heated race, or at least it seems like it. Signs for this political race are the only ones to be seen around town or the county. Not the governor's race, not the land commissioner's race.... Just the county sheriff's race between Mr. Trujillo and Mr. Sinclair.

Trujillo is a local guy living in Raton. Sinclair is from Springer, Both have been, or are, associated with the sheriffs department. Trujillo retired from there a while back and Sinclair is still employed there. I don't know much about either of them... Anyone care to elaborate? Be civil if you do.

I would ask them about the evidence room and the disappearing money. How many deputies do they have? How many patrol and where do  they patrol? What is the breakdown of the sheriff's office budget?

All in all this is an over rated law enforcement entity in this and many other counties in New Mexico. Quasi cops if you ask me. Not really needed when we have so many other law enforcement agencies, both large and small, out there. Maybe supervising the jail is their job.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

First Light Frost Today

First frost of the season.... Hoping we get a wet winter not just a cold one. We need snow, lots of it. Close the pass snow, close the roads to Clayton snow, no school snow.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Allure Of New Raton And/Or New Mexico

Here is who might find Raton and/Or New Mexico a place to visit and/or live:

1 - New Mexicans/Ratonions who were born and raised here - They want to come back, if just to visit. New Mexico/Raton is home. Home is like no other place on earth to most. Something for them to do while they visit encourages folks to return for a visit or to stay.
2 - Cowboy/cowgirl wanna be's - The western states, of which New Mexico is one attracts cowboy/cowgirl wannabes and this is something else the state/region/city might cater to. These wannabes will travel a long way if you make them welcome. Dude ranches or something similar. Use "certification" as a New Mexican cowboy/cowgirl as a draw. Nothing out east like a certified cowboy/cowgirl. Pictures of folks with cowboy hats, boots and pants tucked in to the boots, priceless. If you want proof just look at posters of John Wayne, they can't keep them on the shelves.
3 - Artists of most stripes - These types seem to be drawn to the state and most any part of it. Taos and Santa Fe are not unique in this manner. The area in general is attractive to them and Raton in particular can be made to make them feel welcome.  A "scholarship" for a young person, an artist in residence for 3 to 6 months, for Raton would be a big draw and generate tons of press. Wouldn't cost much either if funds could somehow be generated. The lodgers tax funds? Just saying.
3 - Easterners who have the "out west" bug. These folks are sortta like the cowboy/cowgirl wannabes without the blue jeans, boots and cowboy hats. I have been all over the east, north east, south, upper mid west and they all stand in awe of anyone from "out west". Wherever out west is, we are there.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Raton Multimodal Area

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Here  is an old article from the old "Raton Range"on the design. Is it still the same? If not what has changed?

Here is a new article from the Raton Comet. 

Pretty hot item of discussion. Especially when you consider the following:

In other action it comes out that he city will rebid the multimodal bid as the one bid they got was $500,000 over estimates.
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The area in question from Google Earth.

And The Dogs Won

I fought the law and the dogs won. In Raton, NM the dogs won and are the largest component of the town. 75% or so are owned by citizens and 25% are strays and about 85% of them roam around the town doing their business in other peoples yard.

We live in a town where you have to watch your step or you will step in it.... You know what I mean. Dog owners are the worst neighbors you can have. Leave their dogs out when they think no one is watching. You need to look very hard to find a responsible dog owner.

And not a few cats either. Between the cats and dogs they pose an extreme health hazard. They ought to disallow medical insurance to dog owners, they live in dog houses with who knows how many animals.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More On The Raton City Commission

Lindè Schuster was chosen to fill the vacancy left by Jimmy Fanelli at yesterdays, 9/22/2004, Raton City Commission meeting. Fanelli quit the commission earlier. The other candidates applying for the vacant position were Chris Candelario, Ray Mondragon, Lee Phillips and Ira Simpson. Candelario seems to be a glutton for punishment having just been ousted in the last election. But I should not complain as we should all be glad five folks stepped up to the plate.

Lindè Schuster is new to me, but that in itself might be a plus for her. I have never heard of her and a quick internet search seems to indicate she is in the "medical" field. We will have to wait and see what others have to say.

There was really no discussion as Mayor Mantz made the nomination followed by Commissioner Ron Chavez and Commissioner Don Giacomo quickly followed her lead.

This is what was expected when Chavez and Giacomo were elected, a block of votes which would guarantee at least 3-2 votes on contested agenda items prior to Fanelli's departure. Now with Lindè Schuster it will be  4-1 with only ex mayor Neil Segotta remaining independent of the other 4 commissioners.

In other action it comes out that he city will rebid the multimodal bid as the one bid they got was $500,000 over estimates.

This is a huge waste of money as a multimodal facility goes, the train will soon be history through these parts. Not one chance in 50 that it will be here in 5 years. The facility might serve to clean up the proposed area, but do not anticipate to many modes of transportation there.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Earthquakes? Earthquakes In The Area?

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An article from the Albuquerque Journal on the effects of methane production in the area. This type of activity has always been controversial, not just here but everywhere it occurs. This is no different. Do people care? Do they care enough? How many people care? You, nor I, hear much about it, is the media looking for headlines or is this a serious activity? Is this an activity that should be of concern in the here and now?

Another article here.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Be Back Soon

I see where the school bond failed. What can I say, not a good time to even try much less to actually get it to pass. They will have to go back to the drawing board. Me, I am at the beach and will be back soon ready for winter.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tractor Supply Store Opens Today

The Tractor Supply Store opens today, Saturday September 6, 2014, go out and check it out. Not the "grand opening" but it is open for business. No need to travel to purchase farm and ranch supplies anymore. I will go and see what they have and what they stock. Will be interesting. I have shopped their stores in other towns and was always well served.

I wish them good luck and may they make a lot of money and save New Mexicans time, money, effort and travel.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Information On School Bond Election

I see where the information that will come out on the election is probably out to the voters of the school district. Got a mailer with information, the same mailer was at a the All Seasons Restaurant and some other places around town.

No information what so ever on who the members of the "Blue Ribbon" group were. I heard a couple of name and they seemed like good choices to me.
Personally I am still not sure which way I will go with this. If I do not make up my mind soon I will abstain and let you folks decide for me. And I do not want a lecture that indicates that if I don't vote I can't complain. I can complain all I want, it does not matter if I vote on the matter or not.
Not sure if this will pass either, usually not many folks vote at times like these. Those associated with the schools will probably vote for and some anti tax types will definitely go to the polls and vote no. Who will come out on top is anyone's guess. I bet all of the students have had an ear full about how they ought to tell their parents and grandparents to vote for the bond. This tactic of involving the school children in these matters usually fail and sometimes backfire.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Still Undecided Here On The School Bond Election, But Will It Make A Difference?

I have not made up my mind on the school bond election, wavering one way then the other. But for sure the folks in charge have not made a decent case so far. And folks are already voting. It does not look good from my perspective, not good at all.

BUT my political and election predictions are not good. Seems like my crystal ball is made out of agate instead of clear mystical glass. Maybe that is good for the proponents. We will have to wait and see.

It is a big decision and I will wait till the last minute to vote, I need the time to think and see what other folks are saying.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Unedited: More From A Reader of the Weblog on The Raton School Bond Election

Raton, New Mexico's first school.

NOTE: Lots of Interesting comments so reposted today.

Anonymous said...
So I am an employee of Raton Public Schools and have been for a pretty long time. Additionally, I am a product of RPS. I've had the privilege to work in every building except RHS. The facts are: the elementary schools have served their purpose. They are nearly 80 years old. The school district has done a pretty good job of maintaining, upgrading and making improvements over the years. We have technology in many classrooms but not all. Some schools have more some have less. We are a far cry away from being 21st Century ready. We do have heat but nearly all teachers spend their own money to install an air cooler in their classrooms because August, September, April and May are very hot months, and none of the schools have air conditioning, except maybe one floor at the high school. The carpet that was laid many years ago in all classrooms is wrinkled, and difficult to fix without replacing it. Kearny has three windowless classrooms. Can you imagine being in a classroom all day with no outdoor light? Could that be conducive to a good learning environment? The walls are sinking, shifting; Kearny had to evacuate two classrooms a couple of years ago because they were deemed unsafe until a brace or some sort of false wall was built. And this was during the school year. Floors are not level. In one classroom a teacher has positioned her chair so that it easily rolls "down" to her storage closet, a few feet away. Take a look at our campuses. They look like rundown parks in an impoverished neighborhood. Those are some of the reasons WHY we need a new school.

No, there is not a full blown plan for the use of the remaining three buildings. They are historic buildings and will be assessed by historic properties as to what could become of them. No one, including the people in the schools, want to see these buildings destroyed.

Yes, your taxes will increase. However, if we do not pass this bond at this time, we will be facing it again in 5-6 years. I had hopes the last time that my youngest child would get to experience a new school. He was entering 1st grade the last time around. He will now be in 8th grade. My own kids will not benefit from this but the kids of our community deserve it.

Yes, it's true, enrollment is declining. However, don't the students whose families choose (or are stuck as one writer so avidly wrote) deserve the opportunity to have a state of the art facility?

Take a look around folks, Des Moines, Roy, Mosquero, Eagle Nest all have built schools recently. Do those communities value education more than Raton?

I overheard a comment by one of our maintenance personnel; he said that when down at a Santa Fe meeting with the powers that be, other districts were their vying for funding to build schools as well. The oldest schools that they represented were built in the 70's. That's our newest school.

Please don't be so closed minded that you won't at least think about some of these issues.

Who wants to move to a community where education is not valued? Come on folks, accept the facts, bite the bullet and vote YES for the kids of Raton. It might lead to greater things for the community. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

From This Morning's Albuquerque Journal

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What does this mean for Raton? Anyone know?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Raton city commissioner Jimmy Fanelli is quitting the Raton City Commission after the August 25 commission meeting. Fanelli has been on the commission for about three years. Now the commission will have to name a replacement. This is too bad as it will probably start another round of contention in the effort to replace him.  He indicated that he had learned a lot while serving as a commissioner. He was not elected to learn he was elected to do something.

Sad to say that there is no leadership on the commission and Fanelli was no different. He cast a vote and asked a few questions. Probably the best thing he provided was some stability after all of the turmoil. Now that may be gone. We will have to wait and see. The leaderless commission will call for volunteers and then name one from the bunch. If they had some leadership on there they could name one without a long list of volunteers. No use waiting for that.

I do imagine we owe Commissioner Fanelli a vote of thanks.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Volunteers In Raton. Where Are They?

Volunteers - Where are they? Just think about it. Think of what we owe these folks.

1) At the hospital
2) At the city animal shelter
3) At the 3 thrift shops in Raton
4) At Grow Raton
5) Building Climax Canyon Trails
6) Assisting at county elections
7) Assisting at city elections
8) Little League Baseball
9) Walking for Cancer
10) Riding for causes
11) Young Marines
12) At the Arts Council
13) At the Raton Museum
14) Assisting with events
15) County fair
16) Catholic Church Fiesta
17) At Sugarite
18) With several service clubs
19) Other church(s) events
20) City Councilors
21) Driving for veterans
22) School board members
23) City advisory committees, several of them
24) County committees, several of them there also
25) At 4 city schools
26) At KRTN, several there
27) At the Shuler
28) Volunteers for political candidates
29) Volunteers at LDS genealogy center
30) Volunteer tax preparation for seniors

I may have doubled up on a couple, but I hope you get the picture.

Did I miss any? 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Another Good Response From A Reader.... All About Volunteers - Unedited

Anonymous said...

Dammit, we, who are the volunteers, do care but ……. We are and have been trying to make the assets of Raton work for the common good but we only have a few dollars and a few volunteers!

How many times do the blogger’s points need to be addressed by the present working structure? The questions that the “anonymous” blogger brings up are not new thoughts. The responses are not new either.

Specifically, web sites need to be staffed by money and/or knowledgeable volunteers. The service groups know that they need to have up-to-date sites. The people who have “offered” to keep web sites up-to-date have moved on. Without a person who has the skill to maintain a web site, the web site sits idle. The same “excuse” goes for marketing. Marketing is a time-intensive skill and task. There are no people who can handle this casually. We advertise to the extent that we can. We do not and never have waited until after the fact. The main media outlet is KRTN and Billy D donates monstrous amounts of time to these events. If people won’t listen, we can’t force the knowledge that there is an event, can we? There is advertising in the Comet but that isn’t free. There are posters all around town. Where to go next?

Please remember, these are volunteer groups. There is no “hiring” strategy to put experienced people in place to answer certain needs. We take what is offered. AND, I might add, the “general” volunteerism is very small for the total population of the Raton area. The events that are in play are put together by extremely dedicated people---but they are only a few and are overburdened. There is no waiting list of people chaffing to get into the action. All of the service groups beg for volunteers.

So, when you bring up the problems, please think hard about the solutions. They are not out of reach but there does need to be a constructive action not just a thought.

Friday, August 8, 2014

None Are So Blind As Those Who Cannot See

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thinking In Or Out Of The Box, It Does Not Matter, Just Think.

The Raton Oso's are history according to this issue of the Raton Comet. A two year run was all that could be accomplished by the team. It was a heck of a try on the part of the Pecos League and the city of Raton to assist with the efforts.  Sad to say the paying customers were just not there. Both the Pecos League and the City gave it the old college try.
Maybe the city ought to solicit ideas from the community on possibilities for some items that may raise revenue. Thinking inside or outside of the box. Not so far outside as the old city council hopeful Steven Draper when he suggested a "Jesus" theme park at the old La Mesa Racetrack. But ideas that folks may think merit.

One idea that I was thinking of, and it is not new, just adding to an old one. In the summer have baseball/softball invitational tournaments and invite communities with teams to attend and offer trophies. The "Coal Bucket" game between Raton and Trinidad comes to mind. Just make it more than 2 teams and make it in a summer weekend, the whole tournament could be played Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Go to the businesses that would profit like fast food joints, the dollar stores, the regular restaurants, the motels to pay for expenses and trophies. If a particular business might want to sponsor the tournament, so much the better.
Add the duties of "Raton Events Coordinator" to Jared Chatterly's job description, he is already the city’s parks and recreation director. If an incentive is needed add a few dollars to his salary. The Whittington Center has such a position, that would be a place to start and see how they do it.

The Raton Chamber of Commerce might/should be interested. Their stated goal is to help businesses. Hell add the duties to the Chamber manager or whatever they call the person who is supposed to run the show there.

This would be a place to use some of the lodgers tax funds.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Raton School Consolidation Schedule

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I want to thank a reader for advising of the where abouts of the chart displayed.

The Raton School District is going about this consolidation thing all wrong. It is allowing all kinds of rumors to get started by not being in front of the rumor mill, which by the way includes this weblog.  No comprehensive plan to be found anywhere, no knowledge as to who is on the "blue ribbon committee". The hard economic times are another drawback as is the fact that the citizens of the district have been hit several times in the last year with additional fees/taxes by the city.

People seem to be looking for information and all they can find is not coming from the school district. The chance for success is slipping away from them. That is assuming that the consolidation idea ever had a good shot at passing. Personally I am not so sure about that.

There are so many questions and the answers are really no where to be found as of yet. 

My suggestion to the school district is to get on the ball and do something before you lose whatever shot you had.

Rain In New Mexico, Rain In Raton, And Still More Rain In New Mexico And Raton

We have had our share of rain in the last month or so, I bet here in town we are close to, or over, 6 inches for July. That is a lot of rain folks. La Nina or El Nino, whichever it is is, is sure bringing the moisture home. I think it may be too late for grasses out on the plains. They will probably green up but not grow much. What we need is some big winter snows to go with this rain., but we sure did need the moisture.

We did not have the real heavy downpours with wind and hail like we usually get. We had some, but not that much. Last night it rained most of the night and we ended up with 1/2 inch of the stuff. And according to the radio, newspapers and television, this moisture has been state wide.  It was predicted earlier by the NOAA weather forecasters too. They hit the nail on the head.

Lots of folks were praying for rain! Well they may want to take credit for it now. Between Christians praying and our Native population dancing in fancy regalia this is what we get. Notice I used the term regalia instead of costume, I have been reprimanded by folks who ought to know for using the latter term and advised that the preferred term is regalia.

Anyway, enjoy the moisture while it is here. Soon we will be back to the normal dust and wind. Like my Hispanic New Mexican friends would say "Asi es Nuevo Mejico".

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Comcast Chanel 17, On Our Cable Service

The city ought to do something with this channel. Take advantage of the airwaves. There has to be some techy kid who would love the opportunity. I don't know anything about it really. But from where I sit you think who ever is responsible could do something more with it.

There has to be an opportunity there. I have nothing against KRTN but we do not need it on the public access channel. Does anyone out there know what this is and how it works?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blue Ribbon Comittee

Who is the blue ribbon group established by the Raton Public Schools to look at the issue of consolidation and construction of a new consolidated school? The name has many connotations and it would be interesting in having them get together to discuss their findings with the public before the issue goes up for a vote. Maybe at the Raton Convention Center.

From the web site Wise Geek comes this information on "blue ribbon commission".

"Every once in a while, an event occurs of such magnitude or sensitivity that a standard investigation would simply be inadequate. There may be too many technical aspects to consider, or the general public may not trust the examiners to be completely objective or thorough. In situations like this, the authorities may call for the formation of a blue ribbon committee. This group usually consists of recognized experts or retired statesmen known for both their expertise and their objectivity. Members are often selected for their public personas as well."

Wikipedia defines a blue ribbon panel/commission thus:

"Blue-ribbon panel (sometimes called a blue ribbon commission) is an informal term generally used to describe a group of exceptional persons appointed to investigate or study or analyze a given question. The term generally connotes a degree of independence from political influence or other authority, and such panels usually have no direct authority of their own. Their value comes from their ability to use their expertise to issue findings or recommendations which can then be used by those with decision-making power to act."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Consolidating Schools In Raton.

This bit of information is from a somewhat confusing article on the KRTN website. Read the whole article there.

Here ia another article from the Raton Comet provided by a reader of the weblog, check it out.

"The school district is looking to fund the new facility with a bond election. The proposed bond will be for $7.1 million and will be retired in 12 to 14 years. The tax impact from this bond will be about $109 per year on $100,000 of taxable value or $14.65 per month."

Now $14.65 does not by itself seem like a deal breaker until you take into account the last tax increase imposed by the city on top of that the doubling of fees after the transition from the landfill. That adds up to close to $30.00 per month per household. People will remember all of these increases when asked to approve the new bond. The school district has a bigger chore convincing folks this time than they had the last go around.

I, for one, have not been convinced of the need. Pretty hard to convince me that maintenance will not be cheaper than building a new school and consolidating. I think folks like the neighborhood schools where they are at. Consolidation of the 3 into 1 may or may not be the answer.

The Raton School personnel have a tough sell ahead, a very tough sell. It would be interesting to have some feedback from other folks in Raton.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Balancing The Raton City Budget

Fine the dog owners who are breaking the law, at least breaking the city ordinances. The city could rake in a mint by fining dog owners $50.00 a pop for having their pooches pooping in public parks. They are all over at all hours of the day and night. Folks cannot sleep because of barking dogs all night. I don't know what happens as soon as the sun comes up because the barking stops.
Bears, raccoon's, deer, skunks, cats and who knows what else that wander around at night keep these miserable animals they call pets barking and howling all night. The city could clean up the town and balance the budget at the same time. They may even get some money to pave some of the side streets, maybe even open up tha Aquatic Center for free to all. That is how many dogs wander our streets.
The city would do well to target these folks. Not the old lady with a lap dog, but most of the others. The city could afford to hire more dog catchers, at least for a while. I would advise them to screen the dog catchers they plan on hiring otherwise they may hire another crook who will rob the citizens blind.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Supersave And Anna's Tortillas

Supersave will soon have a tortilla factory in their store, something else they can advertise for one price on the shelf and charge another at the cash register. Keep an eye on them, they play possum when you bring up the mistakes in pricing. It is an accident they say. Really, tell me all about it.

Greed on the part of the owners/managers of Supersave. They will try and may actually succeed in driving Anna's Home Made Tortillas out of business. All this for a few additional dollars. I personally will not buy their products that compete with the ones Anna's Home Made Tortillas sells.

Supersave is showing a cut throat side of business here in Raton that may backfire. Any preference I have had for shopping there rather than Walmart will go out the window for me.

The same thing happened with Phil Long Ford with cheap oil changes. They reduced their price trying to run the independent oil change places out of the business. They succeeded with Lark's In and out Lube. Not so much with Cunico's Tires. I stopped patronizing Phil Long at that time. I now try and give my business to one or the other of the independents. I especially like Lil Benny's.
 K-Mart tried this with me last week also, having one price on the shelf and charge you another, always more never less, at the register. Then play dumb when you catch them at it.

Walmart in Trinidad is bad at this, especially their fruit and vegetable department.

McDonalds fast food in Raton is another culprit at posting one price and charging another at the register and playing dumb when you bring it up and refund me my dime when I bring it up.

This double dealing is a common and very profitable business practice everywhere.

Fear And Motivation

Scaring consumers gets results for the better — and the worse

Fear is a powerful motivator for consumers, and it underlies more of our spending decisions than we would care to admit.

We’re afraid of identity theft, so we buy credit monitoring. We fear our new iPhone will break, so we buy an extended warranty. We fear pesticides and hormones in our food, so we buy organic. We fear bad breath and “ring around the collar,” so we buy products offering solutions.

Facebook walls and Twitter feeds can be full of well meaning posters warning friends and followers against the latest dastardly health scare, money scam or tale of woe — many of which have a consumer product or service to alleviate the fear. Marketers long have known they can scare consumers into buying.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Amtrak Tour, UPDATED

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The headline in todays Santa Fe New Mexican....

Martinez administration may skip Amtrak CEO’s whistle-stop tour.

What a shame, you think someone would be asked to attend. She is probably down south somewhere or in Arizona raising money. What an excuse for a governor. The state is still losing jobs and she does nothing but cut corporate taxes. 

How about helping NE New Mexico and visiting with the Amtrak folks?


Check this article out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Heroes, Heroes, Heroes And Yet More Heroes. The John Wayne Syndrome

John Wayne syndrome is widespread in our society. People have made a draft dodging actor into a hero. Everyone wants to be a hero.

Us non heroes will soon be in the minority, we are close to the threshold of having more heroes in the population than regular folks. At one time we needed heroes for children to look up to, now we are over run with heroes. Police, city firefighters, volunteer firefighters, emergency responders all seem to be classified as heroes and there are lines of would be heroes lined up looking for work. Middle aged overweight bikers with a doo rag on their head and black leather chaps are also heroes, they do not just ride motorcycles, they ride to commemorate other heroes and this makes themselve be seen as heroes. Guys (and women) wearing guns in public looking for criminals so they can shoot them and claim to be heroes.

Servicemen, veterans of every stripe seem to fit no matter what they did in the service. People in the medical field are classified as heroes. School teachers, when not being vilified, qualify as heroes also. These heroes cannot wait to be pictured in the newspaper or better yet in front of the TV. Very few vocations are not heroes anymore, and those that aren't are working hard to be classified as such.

Some of these "heroes" can be easily identified by the number of pins on their baseball or cowboy hats, patches on their vests, licence plates or bumper stickers on their cars. To put the icing on the cake, a U.S. flag has to be at the top of the list. Put one on the aerial of your 1991 pickup or motorcycle and you are not only a hero, but a patriotic hero. Also shirts decorated with the U.S. flag qualifies. Sometimes all you need is a cowboy hat and boots. Tuck your pants into the boots for that little bit extra.
Don't you agree pilgrim?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th Birthday For Weblog Came And Went, Yesterday On 5 July 2014

Four years ago, when the Earth was young and a few years after the molten lava stage had passed, we started this weblog. It started as a way to let folks post unedited comments to posts that were being posted on a weblog maintained by then Mayor pro tempore, Charles (Chuck) Henry's wife, Sharon Niederman. She had this weblog  where she was trashing Raton and the people of Raton and editing and selecting comments in response to the web-posts.

I kick started this weblog and a chat room in response on July 5, 2010 as Chuck Henry geared up to take over the reins of government in our fair community. It was to be but his first step in his quest for world domination. Raton was to be a stepping stone.

Anyway, a lot of water has passed under the proverbial bridge since then. The effort by many folks to stop him, of which this weblog was but a small part, succeeded. He was ousted along with several others and a new course, very bumpy, but new none the less was set for Raton.

Since then, and several elections since, we have elected and appointed a whole slew of commissioners, city managers and more mayors than you can shake a stick at. One, Charles Starkovich, was appointed then elected to the commission and named mayor before he quit to help our underprivileged Hispanic voters who were being swindled out of the fair representation on the city council. It was rumored that another reason for his quitting was so he would not be recalled in the days of the recall frenzy by Raton citizens.

Anyway, wish us a happy birthday. We are still here and kicking, maybe not so much and not so hard, but still here and still kicking. I keep track of numbers of people stopping by and as long as folks are interested in the posts and responses to the posts I will keep it up. So, keeps the cards, letters, and poison darts coming.