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City hosts egg scramble, Easter parade JILL MCLAUGHLIN RECORD STAFF WRITER
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SAVING THE BUNNY
UNDATED — The New England cottontail was once so common that Massachusetts author Thornton Burgess adapted one named Peter for the children’s stories he penned a century ago. But the critter that ... - PAGE A3
Joshua Woody collected as many eggs as his 4year-old hands could grab, until his basket toppled over. Luckily for him, an older boy saved his day just as other children tried to grab the colorful plastic orbs, filled with possible prizes. “One bigger kid stood up for him and said, ‘No these are his eggs!,” said his grandmother Judy Daniel. The mad dash for prizefilled goodies at the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Spring River Park and Zoo Saturday began with police and fire sirens at exactly 10 a.m. and finished not more than a minute later See EGGS, Page A3
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Youngsters race towards their prizes during the Easter Egg Hunt at the Spring River Park and Zoo, Saturday morning.
MainStreet Roswell of fered a step back in time Saturday as children dressed in bright Easter dresses and straw hats raced around carrying eggs on spoons and jumped to the finish line in gunnysacks on the courthouse lawn. “Everybody had a good time,” said Peggy Seskey, president of MainStreet Roswell. “There were no losers.” Brightly-colored Easter bonnets sheltered the faces of the many folks who strolled through the pushing grounds strollers, decorated carts and costumed pets. See PARADE, Page A3
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Celebrants young and old participate in the MainStreet Roswell 2013 Easter Parade at the Chaves County Courthouse, Saturday.
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Jaxon and Phoebe settle in their basket for the MainStreet Roswell 2013 Easter Parade at the Chaves County Courthouse, Saturday.
Shroud of Turin goes on display amid new research
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Shroud of Turin went on display for a special TV appearance Saturday amid new research disputing claims it’s a medieval fake and purporting to date the linen some say was Jesus’ burial cloth to around the time of his death. Pope Francis sent a special video message to the event in Turin’s cathedral, but made no claim that the image on the shroud of a man with wounds similar to those suffered by Christ was really that of Jesus. He called the cloth an “icon,” not a relic — an important distinction. “This image, impressed
upon the cloth, speaks to our heart and moves us to climb the hill of Calvary, to look upon the wood of the Cross, and to immerse ourselves in the eloquent silence of love,” he said. “This disfigured face resembles all those faces of men and women marred by a life which does not respect their dignity, by war and violence which af flict the weakest,” he said. “And yet, at the same time, the face in the Shroud conveys a great peace; this tortured body expresses a sovereign majesty.” Many experts stand by carbon-dating of scraps of
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The Vatican has tiptoed around just what the cloth is, calling it a power ful symbol of Christ’s suffering while making no claim to its authenticity.
The 14-foot-long, 3.5foot-wide cloth is kept in a bulletproof, climate-controlled case in Turin’s cathedral, but is only rarely See SHROUD, Page A3
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the cloth that date it to the 13th or 14th century. However, some have suggested the dating results might have been skewed by contamination and have called for a larger sample to be analyzed.
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The newly opened treat store Deliciously Irresistible opened to a flash mob dancing the “Harlem Shake” Friday.
Local partners and sweet treat makers opened their new shop with a dance party Friday evening at the Roswell Mall. Shoppers jumped into to join a flash mob at Deliciously Irresistible. At the direction of DJ Louis Najar, they danced a “Harlem Shake,” a YouTube dance craze that lasts about 40 seconds. It starts when one person
begins dancing unnoticed by the others, followed by the rest of the group who join in dancing and shaking around the store. Hometown entrepreneurs Mandi Madrid and Becca Pardo create and sell fruit arrangements, gourmet cupcakes, candies, cakes and other edible arrangements. The house specialty is cheesecake-filled strawberries. Friday evening was a special opening. The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. General manager of Roswell Mall Anjy Cooper joined the festivities Friday. “We’re really excited to have them here,” Cooper said. The first day went well, said Madrid and Pardo. “The community really came out and supported us,” Madrid said. “We let everybody know.” “We’re pretty happy here,” Pardo said. “Hopefully, though, we’re not going to be here long before we can expand.”
Faithful pass by the Shroud of Turin that went on display for a special TV appearance Saturday.
Pope Francis presides over trimmed Easter Vigil service
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated a trimmed back Easter Vigil service Saturday after having reached out to Muslims and women during a Holy Week in which he began to put his mark on the Catholic Church. Francis processed into a darkened and silent St. Peter’s Basilica at the start of the service, in which the faithful recall the period between Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday. One of the most dramatic moments of the Easter Vigil service that usually follows — when the pope would share the light of his candle See POPE, Page A3
Pope Francis leads Easter vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica, Saturday.
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Business, labor get deal on worker program
WASHINGTON (AP) — Big business and labor have struck a deal on a new lowskilled worker program, removing the biggest hurdle to completion of sweeping immigration legislation allowing 11 million illegal immigrants eventual U.S. citizenship, labor and Senate officials said Saturday. The agreement was reached in a phone call late Friday night with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue, and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who’s been mediating the dispute. The deal resolves disagreements over wages for the new workers and which industries would be included. Those disputes had led talks to break down a week ago, throwing into doubt whether Schumer and
seven other senators crafting a comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill would be able to complete their work as planned. The deal must still be signed off on by the other senators working with Schumer, including Republicans John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida, but that’s expected to happen, according to a person with knowledge of the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity. With the agreement in place, the senators are expected to unveil their legislation the week of April 8. Their measure would secure the border, crack down on employers, improve legal immigration and create a 13-year pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants already here. It’s a major second-term
priority of President Barack Obama’s and would usher in the most dramatic changes to the nation’s faltering immigration system in more than two decades. The AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce, longtime antagonists over temporary worker programs, had been fighting over wages for tens of thousands of low-skilled workers who would be brought in under the new program to fill jobs in construction, hotels and resorts, nursing homes and restaurants, and other industries. Under the agreement, a new “W’’ visa program would go into effect beginning April 1, 2015, according to an AFL-CIO fact sheet. In year one of the program, 20,000 workers would be allowed in; in
year two, 35,000; in year three, 55,000; and in year four, 75,000. Ultimately the program would be capped at 200,000 workers a year, but the number of visas would fluctuate, depending on unemployment rates, job openings, employer demand and data collected by a new federal bureau pushed by the labor movement as an objective monitor of the market. Onethird of all visas in any year would go to businesses with under 25 workers. A “safety valve” would allow employers to exceed the cap if they can show need and pay premium wages, but any additional workers brought in would be subtracted from the following year’s cap. In a sign of the delicate and uncertain negotiations still ahead, Rubio sent a
access. Thirty-five homes were initially evacuated after Wednesday’s slide 50 miles north of Seattle. One home was destroyed, and four remained under evacuation orders Friday. More than a dozen homes remained inaccessible. The landslide displaced 200,000 cubic yards of earth, an equivalent of 40,000 dump truck loads. Spokesman Christopher Schwarzen said geologists continue to assess the slide’s stability and, once established, clean-up can begin. No damage estimates were available yet, and the NW Insurance Council has cautioned that standard homeowners and business insurance policies specifically exclude damage
caused by earth movement like a landslide. In a preliminary report, geologists from the state Department of Natural Resources said the slide area is part of a much larger landslide complex that may date back as far as 11,000 years — a legacy of the Puget Sound’s glacial past. Over night Thursday, there was very little movement detected from the slide. While the ground continued to move Thursday, geologists said the land will slowly try to stabilize itself. Less than a quarter of the homes have year-round residents. Most are summer cabins or weekend getaways and were unoccupied. Some are larger,
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Several southwest Michigan pastors along with immigrant families and members of the general public take part in a pray-in for immigration reform event outside of Representative Fred Upton's office in downtown Kalamazoo on Friday.
letter Saturday to Judiciary Committee Chair man Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., calling for a deliberate hearing process on the new legislation and cautioning against a “rush to legislate.” Rubio
and a number of other Republicans are striking a tricky balance as they simultaneously court conservative and Hispanic voters on the immigration issue.
upscale properties and others are more modest. The house that was destroyed slid down a bluff, nearly into Puget Sound. Meanwhile, crews have begun laying a path for residents to access the homes blocked by debris that washed out the road. Authorities eventually hope to build a temporary access road, but that may take weeks. The landslide into Puget
Sound lifted the beach as much as 30 feet above the previous shoreline, the geologists said in a preliminary report Thursday.
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The upper edge where Wednesday's massive landslide meets residential lawns on Whidbey Island near Coupeville, Wash.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state officials began building a crude foot and all-terrain vehicle path into a neighborhood cut off by a landslide into Puget Sound. The area around the slide
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— as usual. City of Roswell Recreation Leader Mary Beardsley, organizer of this year’s event, estimated some 1,500 people enjoyed the hunt. “It looks like we had a little more than last year,” Beardsley said. “The weather is nice and it’s just great out here.” Children ages 3 to 10 years old sat on the lawn of the Peppermint Playground area, after all eggs were found, pouring out their baskets and ripping open their eggs with the hope of finding a ticket for a special prize. The Sertoma Club of Roswell donated hundreds of dollars in prizes, including large bunny rabbits, bubbles and other Easterrelated gifts. The gates opened at 9:30 a.m. and the race started 30 minutes later, as children broke through yellow tape in a hurry. Woody was ready to go
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open to the public. The last time was in 2010 when more than 2 million people lined up to pray before it and thenPope Benedict XVI visited. The latest display coincided with Holy Saturday, when Catholics mark the period between Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. A few hundred people, many in wheelchairs, were invited inside the cathedral for the service, which was presided over by Turin’s archbishop. It was only the second time the shroud has gone on display specifically for a TV
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with others until the entire basilica twinkled — was shortened this year as were some of the Old Testament readings. The Vatican has said these provisions were in keeping with Francis’ aim to not have his Masses go on too long. The Easter Vigil service under Benedict XVI would typically run nearly three hours. The new pope has made clear he prefers his Masses short and to the point: he was even caught checking his watch during his March 19 installation ceremony. Saturday was no different: The vigil ended just shy of 2.5 hours. A trimmed-back vigil — and one that started earlier than usual — was just one of the novelties of this Holy Week under an Argentine Jesuit pope who just two weeks ago stunned the world by emerging from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica after his election with a simple “Brothers and sisters, good evening.” In his homily Saturday, Francis kept his message simple and tied to the liturgical readings, recalling how Jesus’ disciples found his tomb empty a day after his death and were surprised and confused. “Our daily problems and
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when the sirens sounded. He is the third generation to grab eggs at the zoo. His parents Gwen and Clay Woody remember the event as children growing up in Roswell. “We made it a tradition to come out every year,” Gwen Woody said. “It was a lot of fun. They used to give away bikes. (My husband) won a stuffed bunny.” “It was just a fun thing for the kids,” Daniel said. Christina Molina’s daughter was thrilled to find a prize ticket in one of her eggs. “They did a really good job,” Molina said. “She got a prize egg!” Marco Dominguez brought his two 3-year-old twins, Kayla and Mayleen, and his daughter Miliana, 6, out for the first time. “They were excited,” Dominguez said. “They were so happy.” Veronica Burrola said at first her son was a bit scared with all of the people around him. But he soon joined in the fun. He had a smile on his face as he opened up his eggs. audience; the first was in 1973 at the request of Pope Paul VI, the Vatican said.
The display also coincided with the release of a book based on new scientific tests on the shroud that researchers say date the cloth to the 1st century.
The research in “The Mystery of the Shroud,” by Giulio Fanti of the University of Padua and journalist Saverio Gaeta, is based on chemical and mechanical tests on fibers of material extracted for the carbon-dating research. An article with the findings is expected to be submitted for peerreview, news reports say. worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitter ness, and that is where death is,” he said. “Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life!” He later baptized four men, part of the Easter Vigil ritual.
Just a few hours after the vigil ends, Francis on Sunday will celebrate Easter Mass and deliver his “Urbi et Orbi” speech, Latin for “To the city and the world.” Usually the pope also issues Easter greetings in dozens of languages. In his two weeks as pope, Francis’ discomfort with speaking in any language other than Italian has become apparent. He has even shied away from speaking Spanish when the occasion would call for it, though the Vatican has said he has done so to avoid discriminating against other languages by favoring his native tongue. Italian is the lingua franca of the Vatican and Francis has emphasized his role as bishop of Rome over that of pope of the universal church, making his use of Italian logical.
It’s not clear how Francis will handle the multilingual greetings today.
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The third annual Easter Parade celebration offered contests for several entrants, including best-dressed adults and children, best bonnets and best-dressed pets. The parade, though it turned out to be short, was full of seasonal cheer as it wound its way around the courthouse. “We just wanted to bring them downtown for a simple family Easter to stroll on the courthouse lawn and have a music parade,” Seskey said. “You know, ‘In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it.’” Some 250 people came out to enjoy the afternoon, with temperatures reaching into the low 80 degrees. The parade started at 1 p.m., but the fun started much earlier. Children cheered as they raced to the finish line carrying eggs on spoons, trying not to drop them. Other activities included visiting with the Easter Bunny, face painting, a piñata, “I like playing the games out here,” Elle Christianson, 6, said. She stayed close to her mother and grandmother, who all wore handmade pink bonnets with decorative eggs and items sewn carefully on top. Denise Chistianson, Ella’s mother, and Susan, her grandmother, make a point of attending each year. Ella took home the prize for best child’s bonnet. “This is our third year in a row,” Denise Christianson said. She also said she spends time making all of the Easter bonnets her mother, daughter and she wore this year. The youngest of the three liked the games the most, she said. Susan, who took time off from work to come to the event, said she enjoyed watching her granddaughter participate in the events. “She’s been so excited about coming to play,” she said. MainStreet Roswell, an organization that is dedicated to encouraging and fostering the preservation of historic downtown, works with local gover nment, property
owners and merchants to rehabilitate and maintain buildings, while encouraging economic growth in the downtown area. The Easter Parade is one event that the organization hopes will encourage more people to enjoy their downtown, Seskey said. “This is just payback to the community,” she said. “There is no charge for this. People can walk around and have a nice fun time.” Evette and Edgar Romero brought their children Sophia, 2, and Yaire, 6. Evette Romero said she liked the atmosphere and being with her family. She enjoyed, “just being out here in the community,” she said. This year’s winners were: Christianson for best child’s Easter bonnet; Jeannee Hunter for best adult Easter bonnet; Zyon Stevenson for best dressed child; Howard and Nellie Becker for best dressed adults; Reese Hunter for best vintage bonnet; Phoebe and Jackson, and their owners Crystal Hester and Kendra Jones for best dressed pets; and Kale Hunter for the best push/pull float. The Dooley Family, which included Jacqueline, Scarlett, Victoria and Sophia, were clad in matching green checkered dresses with bright pink ribbons and bows, matching white shoes and pink tights. “They made us think of Easter,” Seskey said. “It reminded me of the vintage past. Even their brother had on a straw hat.” The best push/pull float, made by Kale Hunter, was a red wagon made into a basket with packing paper. A bunny sat in it with kale décor. Downtown merchants donated prizes, including gift cards by Once Again Consignments and Debbie’s Deals. Each winner was given a yard sign to post in their gardens, and a basket of goodies to go along with their prizes. Everyone who wanted to could walk in the parade, whether they were dressed in their Easter finery or not. “The weather couldn’t have been better,” said Juliana Halvorson, who organized the event. “It’s perfect.”
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Seeking to save Peter Cottontail from extinction
New England cottontail.
UNDATED — The New England cottontail was once so common that Massachusetts author Thornton Burgess adapted one named Peter for the children’s stories he penned a century ago. But the critter that inspired “The Adventures of Peter Cottontail” and the enduring song that came later faces an uncertain future. Its natural habitat is disappearing, and without intervention, it could be unhappy trails for the once-bountiful bunny. Conservationists are hoping a new program to restore shrub lands across the Northeast and captive breeding efforts will help ensure the New England cottontail sticks around for many Easters to come. “We’re making headway, putting habitat on the ground in some really key places,” said Anthony Tur, an endangered species specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It’s encouraging.” New England cottontails were abundant a century ago, thriving in an environment of shrubs, saplings, weeds and vines known as young forest. But in an uncommon turn of events, it is declining human activity to blame for its lost habitat — not urban sprawl. As neglected agricultural lands reverted back to forest and those forests matured, the population of New England cottontails thinned. More than 80 percent of their habitat disappeared over the past 50 years, according to the nonprofit Wildlife Management Institute. And now conservationists are trying to prevent the New England cottontail from appearing on the endangered species list, a designation that would require a more urgent —
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and costly — response that could restrict land use and hunting. The Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Resources Conservation Service are working with landowners and zoos to restore natural habitat and use captive breeding to rebuild the population. The gover nment has been conducting habitat management and restoration projects for several years in collaboration with private landowners, land trusts and a few Native American tribes as they try to bring back the New England cottontail. The New England cottontail is the only rabbit species native to the region east of the Hudson River. And while it has struggled to deal with the changing landscape, a slightly larger cousin has thrived. Imported to the region for hunting in the early 20th century, the Eastern cottontail has larger eyes that have enabled it to avoid predators better. It multiplied steadily and is now the dominant species in the Northeast, often popping up on roadsides and in gardens. For conservationists, protecting the New England cottontail from extinction is worthy in and of itself. But habitat restoration also benefits the dozens of other species that thrive in shrub lands, including songbirds, snakes, deer and turkey. The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island began breeding the New England cottontail in captivity two years ago. Officials there have already released 38 young rabbits tagged with radio collars into restored habitats in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. They expect to release 100 more later this year. “It’s a conservation priority in our region,” said Lou Perrotti, director of conservation programs at the zoo, “so we’re happy to be a part of it and will remain committed.” He said the New England cottontail had not previously been bred in captivity, so his staf f is “writing the book on husbandry and of the reproduction species.” At a certain point, Perrotti said, the success of conservation ef forts comes down to the creatures themselves.
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Everyone reading this has had some common experiences. We grew and developed in our mother’s womb. We entered this world as a newborn child. During the early years of our lives we were entirely dependent on others. Common experiences - no exceptions. We will all have a common experience in the future. When our days are through, our human life will leave our human body. The body we leave behind will be the responsibility of others to take care of. Our body will be disposed of in some form or fashion. That is just the physical world we live in. In the minds and hearts of those who outlive us, we will leave behind memories. Our daily lives involve a series of giving and taking. What we receive in this world dies with us, what we give lives on after we are gone. What will live on after your life is gone? What will others think of when they remember you? As we celebrate Easter Sunday I think of events that occurred almost 2000 years ago in the final days of Jesus’ life. I think of Jesus and the disciples having their last supper together. I wonder what it would have been like to have been one of the disciples sitting there
that evening being told by Jesus that he was in his final days. What were they feeling? I’ll bet they were scared and afraid of what their future held. With the disciples reclined at the table, Jesus said in John 13:33, “My children, I will be with you only a little longer.” In verses 36 and 37 Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now?” Thomas expressed his puzzlement in John 14:5 when he asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” I wonder what it was like to hear such words from Jesus that evening. In their final evening together the apostles didn’t grasp what Jesus was telling them. Yet even if the disciples did understand what was about to happen, how do you say goodbye to a friend? How do you say goodbye to one who, through a series of common experiences, has become family? In Luke 22:17-19 we are told about the final evening. “After taking the cup, Jesus gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among
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you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’” Jesus was asking his closest followers to remember him. He was asking them to remember him in all that they would do. The message Jesus left with the disciples is the message he leaves for each of us today. There is a beautiful song by Christian musician Mark Schultz that does an excellent job of summarizing Christ’s message. To me it is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. I get emotional each time I hear the song. It is titled “Remember Me.”
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If I could play it for you right now or show you a video that is available on You Tube, I would do so and today’s message would be more meaningful. But for purposes of this column I can only print the words. The song is written from Christ’s perspective: “Remember me in a Bible cracked and faded by the years. Remember me in a sanctuary filled with silent prayer. And age to age and heart to heart, bound by grace and peace, child of wonder, child of God, I’ve remembered you. Remember me.” “Remember me when the color of the sunset fills the sky. Remember me when you pray and tears of joy fall from your eyes...I’ve remembered you. Remember me.” “Remember me when the children leave their Sunday school with smiles. Remember me when they’re old enough to teach, old enough to preach, old enough to leave. And age to age and heart to heart, bound by grace and peace, child of wonder, child of God, I’ve remembered you. Remember me.” This time of the year I think of a child of God carried in his mother’s womb, entering this world as a newborn, and cared for as a young child by Mary and Joseph. He was
born for me. He lived his life for me. He gave his life for me. As he hung on the cross, crucified as if a criminal, through his unbearable pain, he remembered me. My challenge to you today is to remember what happened in the final days of Christ’s life. Remember his message to his disciples. Remember his instructions on the final evening when he told those closest to him that he was leaving. Remember his breaking bread and saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” We should remember Christ’s acts in all we do the year round. We should especially remember His instructions as we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection this Easter season. Remember Him. As He breathed the final breaths of His human life hanging high on a cross, with love in His heart, He remembered you. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a local attorney and the Executive Director of the Leadership Roswell Program. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, NM, 88202-0850.
Harvest of uncertainty over Obamacare
The impending policies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect individual farmers and their employees. For every job in farming, the industry creates two to three nonfarming jobs. It’s an industry that should thrive in America, where is has been the backbone of our successes. Yet, Obamacare adds more burdens on farmers, who already contend with onerous state and federal requirements that hamper production and harvesting. Specifically, H2A visa rules and E-Verify hiring requirements, coupled with a shortage of agricultural workers, makes farming in the United States a difficult endeavor for small operators. “There’s nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act,” Tom Nassif said to us; he’s president and CEO of Western Growers, an advocacy group representing area and regional family farmers in Arizona and California. Despite union leaders’ aggressive push for a federal takeover of health care, it turns out that the Affordable Care Act could harm the very people it supposedly aimed to help: workers. Major unions, including the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters, wanted to keep current health plans and receive government subsidies to cover costs imposed by the Affordable Care Act. Some unions — along with Big Labor — were exempted from the law through temporary waivers from the Obama administration. But, for the most part, the farming community is not off the hook. “A lot of our members will opt out,” Nassif predicted. “They will choose to pay the penalty [for not providing health insurance] because it’s so much lower.” Obamacare requires businesses with 50 or more employees, averaging at least 30 hours per week, to provide health coverage. Well before Jan. 1, 2014, farmers will need to decide whether it makes sense to drop health coverage, pay the penalty and look at providing supplemental pay for workers to get their own insurance. Or, they could look at cutting employee hours to avoid the mandate but will need to attract employees without offering health insurance — in an environment when there already is a shortage of workers. In the event farmers drop health insurance, workers who lack proper documents could elect to go to hospital emergency rooms and walk-in clinics. This predictably would create higher costs for taxpayers and poorer outcomes for ill or injured workers. Western Growers, which has been advising its members on the expected impact of Obamacare, also worries about future regulations on top of the new health care legislation. “You don’t add to it,” Dave Puglia, senior vice president of Western Growers, recommended, noting current burdens on the farming community.
Immigrant scientists have families, too As the debate over immigration reform reaches a climax, a troubling idea seems to be gaining traction. It is that annual limits on new visas should be severely restricted, and that America must choose between two groups of newcomers: high-tech workers with advanced degrees or family members of existing residents. This is a false and foolish choice that Congress should
reject. Immigrants are good for this country and always have been. We should want more of them, not fewer. As President Obama said recently at a White House naturalization ceremony: “Immigration makes us stronger. It keeps us vibrant. It keeps us hungry. It keeps us prosperous.” There’s widespread agreement that current policy is incredibly stupid because it prevents many foreign-born
graduate students from staying and creating here. But if you increase the number of visas for these job creators, goes the argument, you have to cut back somewhere else. The main target: the parents and siblings of legal residents who qualify for visas under family reunification provisions. For mer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush advocated this course in his recent book, “Immigration
Wars,” and it’s been echoed by a number of conservative Republicans. “If we want to increase the number of workbased immigrants without substantially increasing the overall number of immigrants, we must reduce family-based immigration,” he wrote. From a policy perspective, Bush’s argument makes no
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The Orange County Register
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve seen many product labels that claim to boost immunity. Could they really help? Or should I be skeptical? DEAR READER: Your immune system does a remarkable job of protecting you from bacteria, viruses and other microbes that can cause disease, suffering, even death. So it seems logical to want to give your immune system a boost. But the concept of boosting immunity actually makes little sense scientifically. In fact, boosting your immune response is not necessarily a good thing. An overactive immune response is seen in major autoimmune diseases, such as Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. In autoimmune diseases, the overactive immune system starts attacking the body instead of defending it. Allergies are another example of an immune system that’s overactive. A harmless little pollen gets into your nose, for example, and the immune
system attacks the pollen as if it’s at war. Even if it were a good thing, attempting to boost the immune system is especially complicated. That’s because the immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, the immune system requires balance and harmony. Think of it as an army: The actions of the soldiers need to be coordinated by the generals, who determine when and where to attack, as well as when to stop attacking. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the workings and interconnectedness of the immune response. We’ve got to understand how the immune system works better than we currently do to achieve the goal of boosting it at just the right time and in the right part of the body. For example, the immune system uses many different kinds of cells, which respond to different microbes in different ways. So which cells should you boost, and
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to what number? So far, no one knows how many or what kinds of cells the immune system needs to function at its best. Yet many food products and packaged drinks are labeled as “supporting immunity,” “boosting immunity” or providing a “defense” against germs. Most of these products just contain vitamins and minerals that people already get as part of a normal, healthy diet. My colleague Dr. Michael Starnbach, a
professor of microbiology and medical genetics at Harvard Medical School, feels strongly that when it comes to products that claim to boost immunity, there’s no truth in advertising. As he says, there’s simply no evidence that consuming these products will translate into better immune function. And without that evidence, the claims on food and drink packaging are just a marketing ploy — and one that may lead us to consume more calories than we need. It’s not silly to want to find a way to help the immune system do a better job of defending us from foreign microbes, and I hope that research can teach us how to do this. However, we just don’t have enough information yet to make this a reality. (Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. To send questions, go to AskDoctorK.com, or write: Ask Doctor K, 10 Shattuck St., Second Floor, Boston, MA 02115.)
Roswell Daily Record
Dear Editor: House Bill 641 amended, passed the New Mexico House and Senate at the last minute of the Legislative Session and now is on the Governor’s desk. In an attempt to create a “business friendly” state, the corporate tax rate was reduced. However, the offset was a reduction of funding to the cities and towns. Several years ago when the state was flush with cash, the gross receipts tax was taken off food and medical services. The promise was made by our state government leadership that the cities and towns would still receive the same amount of money as though the tax was paid. The term was called “hold harmless.” Roswell has been receiving this money. Now that state legislature is in need of money, they have reneged on their promise and are taking the money away from the cities and towns instead of having the political fortitude to reinstall the tax. Governor Martinez has said on more than one occasion that she would veto any bill that would do away with “hold harmless.” It now appears that she will sign the bill. The cost to the City of Roswell is estimated at $3.4 million per year, or about 11 percent of our gross receipts tax. Starting in two years, July 2015, the reduction will be phased over fifteen years which is about 6 percent - 7 percent per year. A generous provision in the bill states that cities and towns can implement their own tax of an additional 3⁄8 percent. (.0375) The City Council gets to be the “bad guys.”The state legislature and governor can say “we didn’t raise taxes.” The other suggestion that has been reported was that cities and towns could always “cut expenses.” It is noted that the state cut their expenses by raising their budget by 4.4 percent. The Roswell city budget is flat this year. As the old saying goes in politics, “a promise is not a commitment.”Our citizens are the victims. With this kind of leadership, little wonder that New Mexico sits at the bottom of all states for economic development. Food for thought. Sincerely, Steve Henderson Roswell City Councilor – Finance Chair
This is the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. More than 37.000 Americans killed or wounded, over a million Iraqis dead, our nation is two trillion dollars in debt to pay for it. And Dick Cheney richer than ever. John Ford Roswell
A letter in the March 7 Record that championed evolution made some fundamental mistakes. For a start, the theory of evolution cannot be called natural science. It cannot be verified through repeatable experiments. We cannot observe what happened “millions of years ago.” Furthermore, it violates the second law of thermodynamics. We expect to see a system go from more order to less order, unless there is an ordering mechanism. This should be obvious to those who are “following the evidence wherever it leads.”
One of the pillars of natural science is that all “facts” are subject to scrutiny and revision. Evolution, though it is not testable, seems to be a sacred cow. We may question how evolution took place, but to say it is not a fact is to risk one’s reputation. The evolutionary model would predict abundant, finely graded, intermediate fossils between major classifications of organisms. They simply do not exist. (Stephen Jay Gould, Professor of Geology and Paleontology, Harvard University, "Is a New and General Theory of Evolution Emerging?" Paleobiology, vol. 6(1), January 1980, p. 127. The telomere code in the middle of human chromosome 2 appears to be a gene splice. When did this take place? For all we really know, it was always there. Other telomere strands have been found in the middle of human chromosomes. (icr.org/article/ongoing-telomere-research-at-odds-with/, icr.org/article/ongoingtelomere-research-at-odds-with/). This makes our alleged relationship with chimpanzees less convincing. We must ask an embarrassing question about a tyrannosaur bone found to have blood, DNA, and soft tissue inside. How could that material remain for 60 million years? Dare we suggest that those bones are only a few thousand years old? (Sweitzer. M, Science 207, 25 March 2005 pp 1952-1955). Helium is a product of decaying uranium and thorium. How could rocks thought to be over a billion years old still have helium? It should all have leaked out by now. Present measurements suggest those rocks could be less than 10,000 years old. (Humphreys, D.R. Creation Research Quarterly 41 pp 1-16 June 2004). Radiometric dating is based on three questionable assumptions. 1) The half-life of radioactive materials has always been constant. 2) There was only parent material and no daughter material when the rock was formed. 3) Nothing has leached into or out of the sample. Hawaiian lava flows known to be less than 200 years old have been dated by potassium-argon up to three billion years old. (Hulse, Scott, The Collapse of Evolution, Baker Books 1997, pp64-66). As for the mutations of viruses, we must first understand that many authorities question if viruses are living organisms. Undisputed living organisms have DNA and RNA. Viruses have only one or the other. They do not consume food or produce food by photosynthesis. They replicate only by entering a host cell and stealing genetic material. Besides, no one has observed a virus producing a nonvirus. Viruses do not prove macroevolution. (http://biology.about.com/od/virology/ss/viruses.htm, http://biology.about.com/od/virology/ ss/viruses.htm). We need to hear where that writer got those “…very lucid accounts of how the self-replicating chemistry of life arises through perfectly natural processes and evolves through natural selection.” Did he mean the discredited Miller -Urey experiments? Those experiments assumed an atmosphere of methane, hydrogen, ammonia, and water. Geology shows no evidence of such an atmosphere at any time. Incidentally, natural selection cannot create new life forms. It can only destroy existing organisms. It might be useful to have a second pair of hands, but if the genes do not appear, it will never happen. It puzzles me that someone who signs his name with “Ph.D.” does not give references for his sources. Russell A. Scott Roswell
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sense. Both groups promote core Republican values. “Work-based immigrants” energize entrepreneurship and economic growth. Siblings and parents nurture “family values.” Why choose between them? The answer is politics. Republicans worry that expanding immigration will benefit the Democrats, and they’re probably right. But if it keeps expressing hostility to these newcomers, the GOP will only inflict more damage on its prospects. If Republicans want a bigger share of the immigrant vote, they have to make immigrants feel more welcome. Keeping them out is a short-term and shortsighted solution. But politics is not the main point here. Expanding immigration and encouraging family reunification are in our deepest national interest. Preventing high-tech scientists from bringing their families here is selfdefeating and counterproductive. A recent letter from six Democratic senators made this point: “Weakening the family immigration system will make it harder for employers to attract talented workers from abroad. Those foreign-born scientists and engineers have families, too.” Immigrants contribute to economic growth in many ways, not just by founding high-flying companies like Google and Intel. Many ethnic communities have kinship-based savings networks that provide credit for small business startups. Cripple those networks by restricting family reunification, and the credit dries up. Families contribute sweat equity as well. That Chinese laundry or Greek diner cannot survive, at least at first, without relatives who work for low pay and sleep in the back. When Steve’s grandfather Abe Rogow arrived from Russia almost 100 years ago, he got his start from a distant cousin who ran a small stand selling cheap clothes in a New Jersey amusement park. That story repeats itself today. As ethnic communities grow, they provide customers and clients for a range of services — lawyers and undertakers, real estate brokers and insurance agents. In our home county in suburban Maryland, one-third of the residents are foreign-born. A huge Chinese grocery store, the Great Wall, now provides familiar food for immigrant families and employment for local youths, including Hispanics. “You run into people you know, it’s nice to speak Chinese and you don’t have to explain anything in English,” says Lily Qi, a native of Shanghai. “I was very impressed with a young Latino guy over at the meat counter — he spoke perfect Chinese to me. I was shocked!” Immigrant families are so useful that older cities such as Cleveland and Philadelphia are recruiting them to fill neighborhoods once home to Irish, Italian and Polish communities. More than 70,000 Bosnians have moved to St. Louis, for example. The mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, says candidly, “I don’t really think of people as legal or illegal. Are you productive or not productive? That’s really my focus.” Then there’s the “care economy,” immigrant women who contribute unpaid services, such as baby-sitting, that enable other family members to spend long hours in new businesses or demanding jobs. Many of these women also work in the service sector, especially health care. If you took every foreign-born woman out of every hospital in America, most would collapse overnight. Excellent scientists and extended families contribute to the vitality of this country. We need them all — and more. (Steve and Cokie Roberts can be contacted by email at email@example.com.)
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Carlsbad Caverns a favorite vacation destination
CARLSBADâ€”Carlsbad Caverns National Park has been named the third most-favorite family destination in a national poll by FamilyFun, a family travel magazine and a popular source for travel recommendations and family activities. FamilyFun conducted an extensive nationwide survey of parents with children 3 to 12, asking them to rate popular vacation destinations for affordability, accessibility and fun. Carlsbad Caverns placed third in â€œOverall Favorite Family Destinationsâ€? with the top two spots going to Yellowstone National Park and
Acadia National Park. All but one of the top 10 selections are national parks indicating that vacationers enjoy choosing destinations that are set aside for the purpose of natural, historic and cultural preservation. â€œIt certainly seems fitting that families would rate national parks as 9 out of the top 10 fun vacation destinations,â€? Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent John Benjamin said. â€œWe are thrilled by being chosen and we agree that the park of fers quality experiences that fit the criteria for family fun to the nth degree. No matter what age your
family members are, we have something for everyone and we offer adventures in a very safe environment.â€? Humorist Will Rogers called Carlsbad the â€œGrand Canyon with a roof on it.â€? FamilyFun voters say â€œItâ€™s simply grand.â€? The park, located in the Guadalupe Mountains at the northern reaches of the Chihuahuan desert, features some of the largest and deepest limestone chambers anywhere on earth. Top 10 overall favorite family destinations:
NMMI announces National Honor Society inductees ROSWELLâ€”The New Mexico Military Institute chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction of new members March 19 at 7 p.m. at the NMMI Alumni Memorial Chapel. Maj. Kalith Smith, deputy director of the Toles Learning Resource Center was the guest speaker. Brig. Gen. Douglas Murray, USAF retired, dean of Academics, gave the closing remarks. Thirty-three cadets from the 3rd (senior) and 4th (junior) classes and were selected for membership by the faculty council. Selection for membership was based on the National Honor Society four core virtues of Scholarship, Character, Service and Leadership. Cadets of the 3rd and 4th classes who met the 3.5 grade point average scholastic requirement were invited to apply for
membership in February. Eligible cadets completed the application process and were then evaluated based on the remaining virtues of character, service and leadership by the faculty council. Additionally, Maj. Billy Gallagher, associate professor of history, was selected by the high school cadets to receive the coveted "Golden Apple" as the outstanding teacher of the year at the high school level. A reception for all inducted members was held following the ceremony in J. Ross Thomas Hall. The inducted members are: Christian Alvarez Rodriguez Micah Brocker Mariela Cabrera Portugal Meredith Campbell Andres Castelo Rebeil Kristine Clark
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ESGR announces nominations for employer support award ARLINGTON, Va.â€”Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of operational committee, Defense announced 26 New Mexico Guard and Reserve members nominated their employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The agency received 2,899 nominations nationwide. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defenseâ€™s highest recognition for employers supporting employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Up to 15 award recipients will be announced this summer and honored in Washington, D.C., later this year at the 18th annual Freedom Award ceremony. Past award recipients have met with senior leaders of the White House and Department of Defense as part of the award recognition. This year, New Mexico Military Institute was nominated for the Freedom Award. Guard and Reserve Service members, or family members acting on their behalf, nominated their civilian employers for the Freedom Award during the 12-week nomination season that closed in January. Even with recent draw downs in Afghanistan, ongoing national security demands and historic humanitarian relief missions have continued to call service members away from their civilian lives. Supportive employers are critical to helping restore stability and peace of mind for
these Citizen Warriors and their loved ones.
"Every year, these nominations demonstrate the strength of our employersâ€™ commitment to supporting our Guardsmen and Reservists," said ESGR National Chair James G. Rebholz. "We applaud all the National Guard and Reserve Service members who took the time to tell the DoD why their employers are exceptional, and we are grateful to the 2013 nominees for providing our Citizen Warriors with the assistance and encouragement they rely on while answering the call to duty."
Nearly one-half of the U.S. military is comprised of Guard and Reserve members. While most Guard and Reserve employers proudly support their military employees, Freedom Award recipients are recognized for going to extraordinary lengths for their Guardsmen and Reservists. Nationwide, this yearâ€™s nominees represent diverse industries including airlines, grocery store chains, national retail brands and IT companies, as well as small businesses, and state and local governments. A list of nominations from all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia are available at FreedomAward.mil. Semifinalists for the 2013 Freedom Award will be announced later this spring.
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(Wyoming, Montana, Idaho) 2. Acadia National Park (Maine) 3. Carlsbad Caverns National Park 4. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) 5. Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota) 6. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan) 7. Yosemite National Park (California) 8. Disney Magic Kingdom Park (Florida) 9. Glacier National Park (Montana) 10. Pearl Harbor Visitor Center/USS Arizona Memorial
â€œVacations provide a special time for families to come together and create lasting memories,â€? said Ann Hallock, Editor-in-chief, FamilyFun magazine. â€œAnd we were thrilled to see that so many are choosing to do that while heading outdoors to take advantage of our wonderful national park system.â€?
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All Saints students win contest
The local Catholic Daughters, Our Lady of Fatima, awarded their 2013 Education Contest winners on March 22. From left: Sheree Smyzenski, regent; Siana Garcia, first place, art; Anthony Torrez, first place, poetry; Clare McMahon, first place, essay and Fran Trujillo, education chairman. The winners are from All Saints Catholic School. The contest is open to Catholic or non-Catholic children alike in grades 4-12 and runs from October to January of each year. Winners receive a certificate plus a cash award and will be submitted to the State level for competition. This yearâ€™s theme was â€œJesus is reflected in me.â€?
DANIEL IGLESIAS TAKES PART IN ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK MOUNT VERNON, Iowa â€” Daniel Iglesias of Roswell is one of nearly 100 Cornell College students taking part in the college's annual Alternative Spring Break. This is the ninth year the college has sponsored a service trip that takes place during its 10-day Spring Break. This year, students are going to Pine Ridge, S.D., Atlanta, Ga., Chicago, Austin, Texas, Elm Mott, Texas, Selma, Ala., and Tom's River, N.J.
Iglesias is taking part in the trip to Project Transitions & Hospice in Austin, Texas You can find out more about the Alter native Spring Break program, including details about each trip, here. One of the 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar. The OCAAT schedule provides stu-
â€œTHE SIXTH GUNâ€? TO FILM IN NEW MEXICO
SANTA FEâ€”New Mexico Film Of fice director Nick Maniatis announced today the production of the NBC / Universal Television pilot, â€œThe Sixth Gun,â€? starring Laura Ramsey (The Ruins), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) and Aldls Hodge (Leverage). Production will begin filming in mid-March to early April in Santa Fe, Galisteo, Las Cienega, Abiquiu and the surrounding areas. The production will employ at least 100 New Mexico crewmembers, 20 New Mexico principal actors and over 400 New Mexico background talent. Produced by Ron Schmidt (Sin City), coproduced by Santa Fe resident Tony Mark (The Hurt Locker), â€œThe Sixth Gunâ€? is exec-
dents with intellectual immersion, academic focus, and unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study off-campus, pursue research, or accept an inter nship-all without missing out on other classes. Founded in 1853, the college's entire hilltop campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can find out more at cornellcollege.edu.
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