Last month I wrote about an amicus brief that had been filed by Robert Redford and former Governor Bill Richardson and their Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife in a Mexican wolf case. As some of you with better reading comprehension than I had at last month’s writing, the case they have filed a brief in is the one between the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (NMDGF) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). In this case the Department requested and received a temporary restraining order to prohibit the FWS releasing any more wolves in New Mexico without proper consultation with the NMDGF. This ruling was made in New Mexico Federal District Court.
At first thought I would start this month with something at least semi-humorous about the upcoming election… and how soon we all want it to be over. But on second thought, the matter is much too serious for jokes.
Every election year I think most of us feel that this could be the most important election of our life-times. This year is no different and the stakes could not be higher from the top of the ticket all the way to the bottom.
One section of the ballot that never receives enough attention is the judges. Judges aren’t allowed to campaign like other candidates and it is pretty easy to just skip over voting for them. You might know someone in your local area that is running for judge so you vote for them, but do you even know who is running for the New Mexico State Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals?
It has become common in dealing with thorny issues with federal and state agencies, for there to be the belief that no one is happy with the outcome, it is a fair outcome and a good compromise. I recently challenged that statement on the theory that if that is how a marriage works, there aren’t going to be many lasting marriages.
It is true that most issues require compromise, but there needs to be a lot more equal compromise as we move forward. I think it was Bud Eppers that said ranchers are always being invited to the table by their detractors for a “compromise.” The problem was and is that ranchers got to the table with their families, their businesses, their generational life’s work and their economic security at risk. The other side generally comes to the table “compromising” by taking some but not all… and with no promise not to come by for more tomorrow.
The federal government is getting a dose of this medicine.
These updated Livestock Depredation guidelines reflect updated cattle costs provided by the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Council and updated information on the Livestock Indemnity Program provided by Farm Services Agency. FSA and Coexistence Council Compensation Guidelines July 20 2016
by Caren Cowan, Executive Director,
New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association
Read this article & more in New Mexico Stockman Magazine
You just can’t make this stuff up. This is the headline in the Minneapolis, Minnesota based Star Tribune entertainment column by a woman named CJ. She says:
“Good Wife” star Alan Cumming (the sort of slimy political campaign manager) has got a PETA-related beef (make that tofu beef) with Dairy Queen.
The Edina-based company is due to receive a letter from Cumming urging Dairy Queen “to offer nondairy items like TCBY, Ben & Jerry’s and other chains,” said Dan Mathews (CJ’s buddy), senior veep at PETA.