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As a local entrepreneur I have attempted many types of businesses in the Albuquerque metro area,most of my ventures were in the realm of online websites and blogs,over the years I have created a Vast empire of online websites and blogs,however many of them failed,as it was a learning process,and then coupled with my education in English literature from New Mexico State University I wanted to create a blog where I could just write,After making personal blogs and journals to no avail my journey suddenly blossomed into a site I just created on a whim called the DukeCityTimes.Com This site is my most prized online publication reflecting the beauty and culture found in Albuquerque New Mexico, The DUKE CITY!The growth of this online newspaper has exploded exponentially and is ever expanding into print! I don''t have enough man hours or time to handle the work alone and am always looking for people to help me write,edit,report,publish,its truly is the media publishing business at its best.So thats how it happened,I'm still an entrepreneur and I'm looking at starting other publications/ventures,but it all started with the DukeCityTimes.Com ! thank you and please stop by and visit us again! sincerely,
Stephen K . Judy
Owner/Founder
DukeCityTimes.Com

Congressman Pearce Rightly Criticizes Obama’s Foreign Policy

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Albuquerque, NM- Yesterday, Congressman Steve Pearce released a statement on the “Iran Nuclear Deal” being negotiated between President Obama and Iran. Pearce criticized the deal saying it will only “accelerate Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

“The President’s leadership on foreign policy has been an abject failure — these negotiations with Iran are a perfect example.  I absolutely agree with Congressman Pearce and his criticism of President Obama; he continues to defy the will of Congress and instead fosters a rigid ideology that will only further jeopardize our national security,” said Debbie Maestas, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico.

 

 

PEARCE STATEMENT ON IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT (From Yesterday) :

 

Washington, D.C. – This morning the President announced that a final nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran had been reached. Just last Friday in Tehran, Iranians chanted “death to America, death to Israel” in the streets and burned the American flag. I cannot reconcile the two apparent contradictions.

I believe the President’s deal will only accelerate Iran’s nuclear ambitions and ability to bring harm to Americans and our allies in the region. As Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns, this deal is “a bad mistake of historic proportions.” Our national security is in jeopardy, as the Administration allows a known state-sponsor of terror to accumulate the wealth and materials necessary for nuclear proliferation. Dangerously, the agreement does not reflect Tehran’s past nuclear development or deny its capability to build secret sites to support their ambitions.

Key components of the deal allow Iran to engage in global arms and ballistic missile sales well within the ten-year timeline. Permitting Tehran to buy, sell, and trade arms increases instability in the region and supports terror cells across the globe. Lifting the arms and ballistic missile embargoes directly threatens the survivability of our allies in the Middle East and bolsters states like Russia and China, who are eager to trade with the Islamic Republic.

I fear the sudden increase in capital due to sanctions relief would allow Iran to robustly support its terror organizations worldwide. For decades, Tehran has facilitated groups in Palestine, Hezbollah, and across the Middle East and North Africa, providing training, weapons, and capital. This rapid influx of money would gravely threaten our national security.

The President’s deal also allows Iran to export oil, which infringes upon the economic health of New Mexico. By lifting economic sanctions and ending oil sales embargo, oil prices are expected to decline. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts nearly 1,000,000 more barrels per day of Iranian oil will flood the market in just matter of months. This surge in oil supply will cost jobs across the state and affect government funding in New Mexico.

Throughout the negotiations, this Administration conceded on matters of inspections, amount and composition of nuclear materials, and sanctions relief; the President’s inability to stand for principles makes our nation weak and ineffectual in negations to come in the foreseeable future.

The President must be willing to work with Congress – just as he has with the countries negotiating the deal. However, he has already threatened to veto any effort of congressional oversight. The short-sightedness of the Administration will harm the security of our allies, the safety of our nation, and the health of New Mexico’s economy.

State Auditor Continues to Politicize His Office and Advance Partisan Interests

 

Albuquerque, NM– Despite recent concerns raised by local media about New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller using his office to advance partisan interests, as well as recently violating the state’s open records law, Tim Keller is now hosting a fundraising event with Democrat Party bosses.  His overtly political actions once again call into question whether he is able to perform his duties as state auditor in an objective manner.

“The increasingly political nature of the State Auditor’s Office is a grave concern for fair and honest elections and non-partisan government, oversight and accountability,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of New Mexico. “Tim Keller was elected to protect taxpayer dollars, but his only interest seems to be advancing partisan interests and his own ambition.”

A recent fundraising letter lists Tim Keller as a host for the event along with other elected officials up for re-election next year.

The State Auditor has vast influence over the election process. His liberal political leanings and activism give rise to a conflict of interest as he prepares to oversee the elections.

“The impartiality and objectivity of the State Auditor’s Office has been called into question once again,” Garrett concluded.

The fundraising letter, which clearly shows Keller’s involvement in partisan political activities, is attached to this press release. Below is further background information on Keller’s recent missteps:

In April, The Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board Slammed Tim Keller For Jockeying For Position In The Next Election. “Yet this month both AG Hector Balderas and Auditor Tim Keller, as they jockey for position in the next election, have sent out emails not just scrounging for donations, but specifically asking either for money to knock Republicans out of office and keep and elect their fellow Democrats or to support ‘candidates who will join in our fight. …’” (“Editorial: New Mexico’s AG, Auditor Should Take High Ground,” Albuquerque Journal, 4/29/15)

On May 20th, The Associated Press Reported That The New Mexico Republican Party Has Asked The State’s Attorney General To Investigate The State Auditor For Breaking The State’s Open Records Act. “The Republican Party of New Mexico has lodged a complaint saying the state auditor violated the public records act by ignoring a request for his emails and other information.  … Balderas’ office says the complaint has been referred to his open government division for review.” (“New Mexico Republicans File Complaint Against Auditor Saying He Failed To Release Records,” Associated Press, 5/20/15)

New Mexico Political Report Correctly Stated That The Agency Had 15 Days To Respond To An Open Records Request To Be In Compliance With The Law— The New Mexico GOP Didn’t Receive A Response. “State agencies have fifteen days to respond to IPRA requests. On Wednesday, the Republican Party of New Mexico sent a letter to the Attorney General asking for action. In a press release sent to media on Wednesday afternoon, the party says it received no response from an IPRA request sent to State Auditor Tim Keller’s office on May 4. Because of this, the party sent a complaint to Attorney General Hector Balderas.” (State GOP Goes After Keller, Says His Office Ignored IPRA Request,” New Mexico Political Report, 5/20/15)

SPECIAL REPORT: Women in today’s workweek and the plight Of the female worker.

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APRIL 2015
PREPARED BY THE FAIR WORKWEEK INITIATIVE—CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY
The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) works to create equity, opportunity and
a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations,
organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity
to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic
justice agenda.
http://www.populardemocracy.org http://www.twitter.com/popdemoc
The Fair Workweek Initiative (FWI), a collaborative effort anchored by CPD, is
dedicated to restoring family-sustaining work hours for all working Americans. We
partner with diverse stakeholders to advance an integrated set of strategies that
include policy change, workplace-based demands and high road employer advocacy.
Please contact Elianne Farhat (efarhat@populardemocracy.org) to learn more.

Abstract
Nationwide, more than 38 million women work in hourly jobs. Most women, and most Americans, are paid by the
hour, yet today’s workweek is changing—the 40 hour workweek and the 8-hour day are no longer the norm for a
significant part of this workforce. Our nation’s workplace protections are badly out of sync with the needs of today’s
working families and we need policies that provide everyone an opportunity to get ahead. Particularly, labor standards
have not kept up with rapid changes to the fastest growing industries like retail, healthcare, and food service. Part- time workers in the service sector—overwhelmingly women—have borne the greatest burden of these new just-in- time scheduling practices, which have largely gone unregulated. But what begins in these sectors will soon spread,
as the distinctions between part-time and full-time work grow increasingly blurred, and more and more Americans
experience work hour instability and economic uncertainty. Women − over a third of whom work part-time in order
to juggle: economic survival; family responsibilities; and advancing their careers − are at the greatest risk of being
further marginalized in the workforce if unsustainable scheduling practices on the part of employers go unchecked.
As we seek to create family-sustaining jobs in the burgeoning service sector, we must also consider scheduling
practices in low-wage employment. Without an update to labor standards for these workers, more and more
workers across the economy will be subject to this type of extreme economic uncertainty. New policies that ensure
predictable schedules, give employees a voice in their schedules, ensure quality part-time employment and access to
stable, full-time schedules will improve the lives of working people in general and especially benefit working women
and mothers.
This paper was written by Aditi Sen and Connie Razza. It was edited by Rachel Deutsch, Elianne Farhat,
Carrie Gleason, and Shawn Sebastian.
Fair Workweek Initiative
Hour by Hour
Hour by Hour: Women in
Today’s Workweek
Executive Summary
A majority of women are employed in hourly jobs, yet irregular work schedules and low-quality
part-time employment are straining women in the workforce in previously-unrecorded levels. The
unduly pressure, as documented through data and personal accounts in this report, means that
more than ever, women face fluctuating incomes and barriers to advancement in the workplace.
The precarious work schedules cause economic uncertainty and stress that is felt not just by
these women but also their families.
A third of workers have a fluctuating monthly income and 42 percent of them cite
irregular work schedules as the cause. Hourly workers experience these fluctuations more
acutely than do other workers. Nationwide, more than 38 million women (61 percent of all
women in the workforce) hold jobs paid on an hourly basis. Of women workers classified as
part-time, 83 percent are paid hourly. These jobs are disproportionately low-paying: 80 percent
of hourly part-time jobs for women pay below $15 per hour. Indeed, nearly half of all women
working hourly are employed in low-wage, yet fast growing sectors such as: health care, retail
and food service.
Twenty-five percent of women working part-time would prefer full-time work and half of
women working part-time cite childcare problems, family obligations, or education as the reason.
Yet, today’s workweek is changing: unpredictable schedules make planning childcare, class
schedules, and doctor’s appointments nearly impossible. Our nation’s workplace protections are
badly out of sync with the needs of today’s working families.
1. Employers increasingly require employees to offer full-time availability for part-time hours.
2. Part-time hourly workers suffer a pay penalty for being part-time, with wages
significantly lower per hour than hourly workers who have full-time schedules.
Thus while part-time work is often depicted as meeting workers’ needs for flexible work
schedules, part-time hourly work has become a source of economic insecurity and scheduling
uncertainty, especially for women and people of color.
New policies that ensure predictable schedules, give employees a voice in their schedules,
ensure quality part-time employment and access to stable, full-time schedules will improve the
lives of working people in general and especially benefit working women and mothers.
• Predictable schedules with stable hours and a reliable paycheck make it possible for
working people to plan ahead to meet their responsibilities on and off the job. Advance notice of
schedules, with predictability pay for last-minute additions and reporting pay for shortened and
on-call shifts, ensure that employers to establish stable, predictable scheduling practices.
• Employee voice in determining schedules allow employees to set reasonable limitations
on their schedules so that they can stay healthy, pursue educational opportunities, and spend
time with their families. The right to request specific scheduling accommodations, the right to
mutual consent to changes to the initial schedule, and the right to rest ensure that employer
decisions about scheduling and schedule changes reflect for employee input.
• Family-sustaining jobs allow people who work to support themselves and their families.
Access to adequate hours and guaranteed minimum hours along with pay parity between part- time and full-time employees will ensure that part-time workers are paid more fairly and are able
to transition to attain full-time work if they choose.

The Duke City Times Would like to thank OLE and Rebecca Glen For submitting this Report that Is Valuable towards creating Fair Working conditions for Women Worldwide.IF you Like more information on the Plight Of woman workers Please contact:

Rebecca Glenn

Communications Manager

Organizers in the Land of Enchantment

olenm.org

505-720-8918

“OLE is a Great Organization that is fighting to make New Mexico a better Place”

-The Duke City Times

To view the Full Report Click the Link Below:

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Fighting for the rights Of the People:Gemma Heuer helps New Mexico By working with OLE

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Fighting for workers Rights Gemma Heuer Hits the streets to make New Mexico a better place.By going Door to door in the spirit of true grass routes campaigning Gemma is rasing awareness and support for a better situation for New Mexican Workers,She’s Fighting for more time off and overall benefit’s,with her petition and video petition Gemma and is raising support for New Mexico workers,thank you Gemma For making the Duke City and New Mexico a Better Place!

Is our Society Broken?

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It seems as though in the past year or so there have been many stories of police abusing and killing what seems to be mostly African-American citizens.At first it seemed as just an isolated incident but now as the days progress,more and more stories are showing up in the media.

We at the Duke City Times are asking is our justice system broke? Is our society broke?do we have stereotypes and a status Quo to maintain that has reduced our police to attacking African American’s and African American’s being found  situations with the police,it possible that its not the police’s fault and its not African Americans fault,its all our fault,its Americas fault,whether we create strict laws that prevent abuses of power or we change our society to get rid of theses hidden discriminatory practices,this must stop,it must not carry on,the people of America cannot sit by and watch this go on,we have some serious question to ask ourselves,and for now lets just hope that peace may rest over the land.

Mayors Office leaves homeless in Limbo..

9.-Kjeragbolten-NorwayIt seems as though the city of Albuquerque is treating its most vulnerable residents like garbage that needs to be moved and moved, with the recent eviction of the “tent city residents” and with no proper homeless shelters the city has left this population of the poorest of the poor in limbo, you would think the mayor’s office or someone would at least make a year around shelter service or something mean theses are Americans with rights too, I just can’t believe that the homeless are being treated this way, where can they go what can they do? In this city if your homeless there’s really nowhere to go not even a shelter, you can’t go to the mountains you saw what happened to James Boyd you can’t sleep anywhere else you’ll go to jail, there’s no shelters, you can sleep on the side of the road, you’ll get evicted, what are they to do?

True Duke City Hero: Rachel The Burrito Lady

By :Dennis L. Gray

Hi,  I know a good Christian lady who won’t let you stick your fingers in the food.  She is Rachel The Burrito Lady and she travels Albuquerque serving the homeless.  Every Sunday between four and five she can be found at 1st and Lomas serving a hot meal.  A motorcycle club and others volunteer to help.  After a short prayer she serves 50 to 60 homeless.  Good food that she prepares herself with love.  I have met people who are down and out and those who have just hit the streets, all seem to love the Burrito Lady.  One man showed up one day who had just been divorced and lost his job and home.  He was in great shape with his manicure and his perfect dress and haircut.  Along with us “never to fit ins”, he enjoyed a great meal.  People who sleep all over Albuquerque make a Sunday pilgrimage to the corner to eat.  She is stern but fair and will offer you many choices, like someone serving a buffet.  She is just about able to accomplish what she has set out to do, but I am worried about The Burrito Lady.  Rachel is doing alright but,  she surely could use some money and community support.  With her gloves on, serving till it hurts, there is no complaint.  A lot of people could learn how to enjoy helping others if they had her love and dedication.

Lets rally behind the good things here, of which she is one, and make this a better place to live for all.  Here is a poem about her…….
My Favorite Meal
I met a lady who serves us burritos.  If you ask the homeless, everyone knows.
She is all over the city, gracing Albuquerque, And she also serves us more than stew and turkey.
For seven years Rachel has served us hot meals,  In a van full of food and four fair wheels.
She saw people on Central searching the trash for food,  And turned our misery into a really good mood.
I see her once a week on Lomas and 1st, And every Sunday I conquer my hunger and thirst,
Then Like the others I disappear,  But I always hold The Burrito Lady dear.
Seven days without her makes one weak.  I’d love to walk over and kiss her on the cheek,
But she is happiest helping others with a meal.  I wish I could show her even better how I feel.
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This article was written By Dennis L. Gray a Duke City Times Contributor
Dennis L. Gray
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THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY:Major Protest across america in the name of equal Justice for all.

Images courtesy of the Associated Press.

Images courtesy of the Associated Press.

In light of what has been questionable grand jury acquittals regarding the Micheal brown and Eric garner cases,Major Protest In the St. Louis and New York Areas Have been raging,they continue to grow as well,as of this report New York has been protesting for three days and growing in size,Micheal Brown and Eric Garner were two Black men who were killed by white officers in what many believe were racially motivated incidents.Citizens black and white across america seem to be fed up with a “stealth” culture of racism throughout the justice system and society in general and have taken to the streets. The Governor of New York and Even the President Of the United States have stated that America Has “Deep” racial issues that need to be resolved.The Americans that are protesting seem to be doing a good job bringing this to mainstream attention. In cities across america the Department of Justice is Looking into new police operating procedures.There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel,in the end the death of those two men won’t be in vain,and there may be a lot of positive changes to the justice system and society as well.

DAVID ELIAS WINS DUKE CITY TIMES HERO AWARD:South Valley Hero,feeds 300+ families and wins Duke City Times Hero Award

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300 families In the Albuquerque South Valley are Having happier holidays this year After David Elias purchased 300 turkeys and all the fixings for three hundred families.David Elias Has met the Criteria To become the Second recipient Of our award The Duke City Times Hero Award For “extraordinary actions that benefit the community and improve our quality of life” And we are honored To List him in our records as an official Duke City Hero.Elias Will become The Second recipient of our Hero award and will never be  removed from the record,the first was Magdalena Romero for Her selfless advocacy for victims of Crime In New Mexico.Mr. Elias Your are a true Hero and we thank you sir.We interviewed people about what you were doing and we want you to know that many people are so very happy and grateful for you and that you really made a huge difference in our lives and community,Not very many people come out like that on there own. This type of event was quite different in concept,maybe that’s what makes it great,It was something that made a difference,something that let people know its not that bad,that there still heroes out there.We at the Duke City Times hope that many people follow the lead of David Elias,we hope that more people in the community get out there and make a difference,nonetheless,we will still hold strict guidelines for our award,we want to make it really one of the hardest awards to receive in new Mexico,one where a person cant be referred,we must witness it in action,and make the determination if the recipient is a TRUE hero,till then will keep our eyes open for the next DUKE CITY HERO..

Happy Veterans Day to all Those Who Served Active Duty In the United States Military

Our greatest respect goes out to those who have taken the oath to serve in our nations Military, Too all those who served in active duty we send our regards!Thank You For your service

To Those Enlisted In the United States Military,We Send our Highest Honors,may victory always be yours and failure to those who wish your downfall!

To Those Enlisted In the United States Military,We Send our Highest Honors,may victory always be yours and failure to those who wish your downfall!

Ebola Comes To America,But is contained,so far..

Image courtesy of the World Health Organization

Image courtesy of the World Health Organization

As the War on Ebola wages in West Africa fears heighten in the United States as infected doctors and nurses return from the battle. The United States has a really good medical system that can deflect and treat this type of medical epidemic however we do not produce the medicine to cure thousands of citizens if the outbreak was ravaging the United States leaving us in a semi-serious position. By waging the war on African soil were doing pretty good, but if it ever did spread, well things could get messy fast, Not cause any hysteria or anything, this is just a pretty serious topic. So as we stand today there’s been about 8 people who have returned from Africa to the United States with Ebola, one has died and we have it pretty much contained throughout the country, but we are precariously waiting to see if new outbreaks occur, stay tuned.

Bored?Heres a New Program from amazon to make money Online!

Amazon is now offering a new program that is truly allowing people to work from home online,it’s called mechanical Turks, and basically you work on certain task that employers need done,and have already paid amazon for, and in return you get money deposited into your account, take a look here’s the link

https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome

New Mexico Starlet Going Places

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New Mexico’s own Rachael Rowe is no stranger to performing for audiences.  As a prior pro female boxer and cheerleader for Del Norte High and UNM this girl knows how to liven things up.  Not only is she skilled in creating good energy and a positive vibe, she’s taking the Duke City Film scene by storm.  Having worked on four major motion pictures including “In Plain Site” and “La Vida Robot”, she does everything from stunt work to production and acting. She’s going places fast, with possible NBA/NFL cheerleading opportunities and more upcoming film productions. In addition to all of this, she is also a paralegal by day and pursues other hobbies including music and modeling.  Keep up the good work Rachael!

U.S. Begins Destruction Of “Isis”

After months Of  Isis beheading journalist and  killing innocent children and Civilians The United states Has garnered approval from the congress and the international community to form a coalition to destroy to “Degrade and Destroy ” Isis. This Week A US led Air campaign has attacked and destroyed two major Isis strongholds.

Isis Believed that they were on a fast track to taking over the world but that quickly ended with the international community agreeing to “destroy Isis by any means necessary”

Israel Continues to Attack Palestine!

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As of this report the war between Israel and Palestine continues to rage, for the better part of a century these two countries have been in fierce battle and skirmishes, for some unknown reason, well there’s many different views, they cant seem to find a resolution and come to peace, with both sides vowing to attack and defend there honor, it is becoming an image that saddens the world, Is the world growing tired of seeing these two fight? Will there ever be an end to this rivalry? Can we build an “international zone” between the countries that accepts all nationalities to show them that peace is possible? With the scholars and politicians unable to solve this dilemma between these countries the only thing we can do is sit back watch them fight until one either loses or they just keep fighting forever, but one thing I can say, if there is a mediator/negotiator out there in the world that can make these two stop killing each other, he truly would be the greatest negotiator in the world!

Duke City Times Exclusive: The Art of Reinord V. Whitt-Pritchette

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Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Englewood, Colorado, Reinord Von Whitt-Pritchette (who likes to go by Rein) started drawing at the age of 8 years old; he later became serious about his art at 28 and hasn’t stopped since. Rein was adopted at the age of 21 with the help of an old Colorado mining law, he did this because going into the Vietnam war he reasoned that if he died he wanted to die as a Pritchette the name of his adoptive parents, and so Pritchette was added to his name and he survived working as a radio operator in the Vietnam war (a very dangerous Job) allowing us to be blessed with his wonderful art today,

When I first entered the Whitt-Pritchette Studio I could tell that it was alive and industrious, pieces of canvas and wood laying around, different art pieces here and there, rein and his friend busily creating and delegating the task of the day, you get a feeling that your in a true art space. Since I’m in the News business I like visuals I like pictures, especially art, I asked Rein If he had any images that I could put up in his honor, what I saw was simply put compelling. Here’s a little of what I saw…

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      As you can see this is the work of a true artist, when I asked Rein about his career as an artist I learned that he started out painting and then he went to drawing, and now he does what is called serigraphy which is a type of artistic silk screen work that is very complicated in working with. 

Rein is a Very Kind and somewhat gregarious individual, you can tell that he is a serious professional artist and that he cares very much about the link between Art and the community, not only is rein the type of artist that wants to better Albuquerque and the world with art, but he is also looking after artist in his work to strike a deal with the banking sector to better serve the artist community.

You can see Reinord V. Whitt-Pritchette’s work in the Albuquerque Museum of Art or at the Whitt-Pritchette Studios in the Heart of Albuquerque’s Gold District located at :

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The Plight Of Downtown

             skylineabqAs I was downtown eating in a restaurant I overheard the owner and some customers talking about the day and current events then the began talking about the “plight of downtown Albuquerque”; remember how a few years ago downtown had a new “downtown action team” and everything was going to be better, well its not, that might as well been some kind of political scheme to get tax payer money because now downtown is worse and with the county offices leaving the center of the city where they should be it could die all together, here’s the situation from the eyes of the downtown restaurant owner(which is a vital part of a diverse tourist friendly environment). She told me that restaurant owners have to pay a fee something like $7 for the “downtown action team” which she says was a good service in the beginning because they acted like security and scared off loiters but now they just clean, which tax dollars already pay for street cleaning. Next they have to pay rent and false alarm fees for police and fire, add on top of that an increase in minimum wage and the downtown brick and mortar restaurants are hurting, why are they pissed? because the county/city allow food trucks to come in and park during block parties and festivals taking business from the resident downtown businesses, there also mad because the city and county are relentless in making money over parking downtown, this isn’t New York city your not going to make that much! The owner even told me she saw a traffic officer write a guy a ticket while he just left his car to go buy the parking stub, a random citizen stopped in the middle if the street and was arguing with the traffic officer until the driver returned and put the stub on his window sparing him a ticket, then the city/county tried to make money off of businesses by charging them $50 to be included in a “walk downtown” map, is that promoting business?700-30,000 people may be leaving the downtown area the shop owner told me with the county leaving, if that’s right, downtown Albuquerque is going to hurt, bad.
So here’s the plan me and the owner came up with, if you want downtown to flourish 

ban food trucks or make them pay super high fees to park downtown, rent etc. grant free parking either at certain times or areas, this isn’t new York and the city/county will make more money from taxing profitable businesses than parking machines,

Consolidate and keep county city buildings downtown where they belong.

Create a balance between large and small businesses and use “downtown action team” fund to subsidize new businesses and new development,

Tax Large vacant apartment Builders For the building that are just sitting there, or reduce rental rates,-there’s been rumors that certain wealthy individuals that own apartments downtown are purposely leaving them vacant in a plot to move downtown toward the Coronado mall area, moving it farther from tits original and historical site, and possibly farther from the local poor and middle class in the area.

 

And the city should hold events downtown on a monthly basis, this will draw traffic and revenues as well as revitalize the area, these are just a few main things, however the duke city times being true to our word as being the voice of the people has spoken and mark our words, downtown is still broken, unless things are changed along the lines listed here we can pretty much predict that it will remain broken, so he hope that people will take pride in our city and rally together to get some things changed and truly revitalize this wonderful place we call the Duke City!

Local Entrepreneur Fights For Civil Rights!

Acryforhelp  For over 15+ years Entrepreneur and Albuquerque resident Magdalena Romero has Been fighting For the rights of citizens in the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico, her unique organization offers relief and support to not only victims of crime and domestic abuse but also victims of the judicial system. In these times of police abuse of power it’s reassuring to know that there are people who care for the common welfare of the under-served and disadvantaged in our community, It is a very honorable and courageous thing to be proactive in helping those in need. Without people like Magdalena the voices of the people would not be heard, without people like Magdalena corrupt officials would continue there abusive actions; founding her organization in 1995 and later restructuring it in 2010 A Cry For Help Inc. has been serving New Mexico for over 15 years, this organization is one a few in the state that gives power to the people and aids in providing essential oversight between the people and there local and state governments, The Duke City Times is honored to feature Magdalena Romero and all those that work with her at A Cry For Help Inc. and We would like to acknowledge her as one of the duke city’s Best of The Best, thank you Magdalena for serving the citizens of the Duke City!   

For more information about Magdelena Romero or if you are in need of services from A Cry For Help Inc, Please Visit:

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Let the statue of liberty Guide our Immigration Policy!!

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There’s a lot of talk about immigration these days,Helpless poor immigrants from Mexico fleeing economic and political corruption and Americans blocking them and arguing about who’s right, let them come or turn them away,Well here’s the truth about this situation and the solution. People in Mexico know that they must pay to become citizens but its pretty insulting to ask them to pay when they are all poor,besides Cartels and a corrupt government has made it to where the average hardworking Mexican national can barely even make it, that’s why they want to come here for a better life,Some don’t know the procedures,Its not like we drop flyers on there side instructing them on how to become citizens,ultimately they just come across the desert cause there desperate,and we turn them away,the humane solution is this,we should be understanding and humane about there situation,and not penalize them but take them to housing centers,where we can process them,granting the non-criminal citizens cards or citizenship and sending back the criminals,there not in a situation where they can afford anything,they are political and economic refugees fleeing a violent corrupt and terribly poor country to ask for money would be insulting,why should we do this? well here’s why! because under the statue of liberty there’s an inscription that says “bring me your poor,your outcast,your refuse,your downtrodden” we would all fight and die to protect the statue of Liberty,if you are unwilling to support and defend the inscription on the bottom of the statue of liberty then maybe you should just leave yourself!Second answer to why is this, America was built on immigrants from all over the world,and the the refugees coming from mexico are no different than the immigrant coming from Europe in the 1900’s,all this aggression against these people is pure ignorance and un-American,a true American would be willing to help them and figure out a solution that’s win-win,these people are hard working intelligent people,actually they are descendants of the Aztec culture which were the greatest innovators in mathematics astronomy and engineering as well as one the the greatest empires that ever existed, with streets of gold,If Canada was overrun by drugs and corruption and collapsed economically and people were getting murdered in the streets I don’t think people would say anything if Canadians were running across the borders? I believer its shameful to kick someone whose down,or to turn away someone who needs help,there’s a village in the middle east that saved US NAVY SEAL Marcus Luttrell when the Taliban was right about to behead him because they had a thousand year old tradition that they would fight to the death for anyone that came to there village and needed help,Marcus Lutrell went back and took the leader of that village to his ranch in Texas, that’s Honor,that pride, that’s how we should be that whats makers America strong, a coward would turn away poor women and children who made it to there shores,a hero would do the right thing and bring them on the condition that they work and make there way like the rest of us,finally in conclusion I want to say two things America,the solution for this immigration “problem” is to house them when they cross the borders,process them,turn back those who are criminals,and release the others,and two, remember this, a coward turns back women and children who need help,a hero helps them!

P.S. no matter who you are the quote at the bottom of the statue of liberty is not open for interpretation,it is what it says, and it means what it mean for all people,let the statue of liberty guide our path on immigration.

Iraq Is meltingdown

Iraq Is meltingdown

After the U.S. Coalition forces pulled out of Iraq recently about two weeks ago and handed the government over to the people of Iraq a terrorist group called “isis” has taken over the country and is is causing major disruption,throughout all the world and the media people are watching violence erupt in Iraq and pretty much the country is melting down,the people are going to have to stabilize themselves and bring order to there country,the world is watching.

Albuquerque Convention center Getting New facelift

Albuquerque Convention center Getting New facelift

The Albuquerque Convention center is getting renovated,the new face lift should be complete within a few months,probably by December,to the left of this picture are the statues of senator Dennis Chavez and his wife,one of the coolest statues in new mexico.The new convention center will not only look better for visitors and bring repeat business to new mexico but it will also give the civic plaza area a more appealing look,citizens look forward to the new building.

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