Getting To Know Our Governor Martinez

The following story by Rob Nikolewski  is taken by permission from New Mexico Watchdog.   Some of the story first appeared  in People magazine.  We believe it is a great human interest story which demonstrates the strong love and character of our governor.  We know there are thousands, perhaps millions of people across the world performing the same way because of their love for the ones they care for and nothing posted here takes away from their dedication.

We hope you enjoy the story.

Susana and her sister featured in People magazine

By Rob Nikolewski on July 29, 2013
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SISTERHOOD: Gov. Susana Martinez and her sister Lettie are profiled in People magazine.

SISTERHOOD: Gov. Susana Martinez and her sister Lettie are profiled in People magazine.

It’s well-known that in addition to her duties as New Mexico’s governor, Susana Martinez spends a good deal of her time tending to her sister, Lettie, who is developmentally disabled.

This week’s edition of People magazine offers a glimpse into their lives together, including pictures of the 54-year-old governor and the 56-year-old Lettie, who lives in Las Cruces.

The two-page article followed Susana and Lettie Martinez as they celebrated Lettie’s birthday last month:

On this June day, (Gov. Martinez) is in charge of making her sister’s birthday special. The two go shopping, to lunch and to a spa. Susana remembers Lettie’s being uncomfortable in public when they were kids. “Back then people stared a lot, and she used to hate it: ‘Why are they staring at me?’ Now people are a lot more informed.” Most people are interested in Lettie’s sister, who stops frequently to talk with constituents. When she does, Lettie steps away to pet a shelter kitten or eat ice cream while showing off her newly painted toenails. “I love red!” she says.  

Click here to read the entire article.

Update: Enrique Knell, spokesman for the governor, said that People magazine approached the governor’s office about doing the story earlier this year.

“One reason the governor decided to do the story was to shine a light on the thousands of people in New Mexico and the millions of people around the country who care for their loved ones with disabilities,” Knell said.

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CEPEDA: Whole Foods Language Policy Was Inclusive

Tony Lee of writes some and quotes some.  See it below:

A nationally syndicated columnist and NBC Latino contributor believes that Whole Foods’s policy of requiring its employees to speak English at work is not only inclusive but also just plain “common sense.”

Esther Cepeda rebukes those who jumped to conclusions and called Whole Foods “discriminatory,” “anti-diversity,” and “racist” for suspending two employees with pay for the “rude and disrespectful” way in which they complained about the company’s policy requiring them to speak English on the job.

Contrary to initial reports, Whole Foods said the employees were not suspended for speaking Spanish, nor were they told they could not speak Spanish; at least “17 employees who attended the meeting at which the language policy was discussed” confirmed that fact. The company’s policy allows employees to speak Spanish during breaks or with other customers if “all parties present agree that a different language is their preferred form of communication.”

Cepeda, though, brings up an even more important question: even if Whole Foods prohibited employees from speaking Spanish, she asks, “what’s the problem?”

What Else … Follow here

 Now, LULAC has requested a meeting in Albuquerque with Whole Food executives,, saying they have received telephone reports of ill-treatment of Hispanic customers in other states at Whole Food Stores.

League of United Latin American Citizens

League of United Latin American Citizens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any guesses or bets on how this will all end?

Reminder From Leadership Institute For Training

Leadership Institute

Dear friend,

We write to remind you about our upcoming event: Issues That Unite: Hispanics & Conservatism (ITU) at the Albuquerque Marriott on 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE. We look forward to meeting and chatting with you at our networking reception right at 5 p.m. To learn more click here.

We would like to extend an invitation to our Campaign Management Workshop on Saturday June 1 at 9:30 a.m. (also at the Albuquerque Marriott). We all agree the information discussed on Thursday’s Issues That Unite event is very important, take that knowledge and equip yourself with the tools to run a successful operation. Register using the code ITU and you will receive 20% off.Topics will include:— Designing a winning campaign
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The Leadership Institute

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Pigford 1 & Pigford 2, The Mass Bass Akward Mess

The Italian actor Ermete Novelli as Shylock in...

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

Shylock ( see image on right) in Shakespeare’s,  The Merchant of Venice, said something on the subject of a debt owed him.  Here is the quote in the original English:

The pound of flesh which I demand of him Is deerely  bought, ’tis mine, and I will haue  it.

Giving us an expression that means a debt owed, which will be relentlessly and ruthlessly pursued.

What follows is a debt collected from the taxpayers of this nation which fits the definition.  And it fits the definition only because thousands of fraudulent claimants apparently ripped-off Uncle Sam.  I ran across more than a few articles today on the website, Big Government.  Each article deals with the so-called Pigford settlements.  For readers not acquainted with the Pigford issues, I can only say you need to delve into the settlements to see how your government, government employees, less than forthright politicians, and even some of your fellow citizens, will cave to corruption and deceit when it comes to money and votes.

To readers who have their minds made up about the propriety of the way the Pigford 1, and now the Pigford 2, settlement has or will be handled … or you just can’t bring yourself to read anything on Big Government, you are allowed to walk or run on out of the theater.  But if you do, you will be missing information every American citizen should have.  You may have opinions that differ from the articles or my own, but you surely cannot believe that what has been done is appropriate or intended by honest Americans.

Altogether there are 15 articles or commentaries loaded on Big Government today.  I hope readers will access and study articles for which they have time.  I read the 29 page PDF with a very long title.  My version of Adobe Reader allows me to post comments on the document, which I have done. Perhaps, they have little interest to others, but I posted my comments to help me remember the content.  I will post a link to my marked-up version.  If you decide to read it, you may have to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.  If you do read the mark-up, please remember the remarks are not edited.

I plan to read more of the 15 highlighted articles as I find time.  Here is the mark-up I mentioned above:


You may download the latest version of Adobe Reader by going here, should you need it to read the comments.  You can right-click on the “cartoon clouds” which will open a drop-down menu which will allow you to make a choice about how you wish to read the comments.

Don’t forget the links below.  There are some different viewpoints offered from those offered above.