On Sunday, former governor Jerry Apodaca, a Democrat, endorsed Steve Pearce for governor. Pearce is the Republican nominee. In an Albuquerque Journal op-ed, Apodaca did not mention any of Pearce’s policies. Rather, he wrote that Pearce responded to his request to speak with each of the candidates. He said he did not hear from Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Democratic candidate.
Sound government regulation requires a responsible balance between industry and environment. As the 24th Governor of New Mexico I never ascribed to the notion that the promotion of both was mutually exclusive and I maintain that assertion today. At the end of the day industry and conservationists – operating within parameters set forth by state, local, and federal governments – are equal partners in preserving and protecting our natural resources. One of the most precious natural resources on the planet is water. THE most precious natural resource for New Mexicans is our water supply.
In the coming weeks and months the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled to exercise its right given to them by the 2009 Tobacco Control Act and regulate e-cigarette and vapor products. I applaud responsible and promotional regulation. And responsible regulation in my opinion should strive at all times to strike a balance between consumer and manufacturer. And for that reason I am writing this piece today. Jerry Apodaca served as the 24th Governor of New Mexico, from 1975-1979.
[box]Jerry Apodaca is a former Governor of New Mexico.[/box]
The open spaces of New Mexico are integral to our state’s identity. We love our rural vistas, our deserts and forests, the peace and quiet. But let’s face it – it’s not easy to bring services such as high-speed Internet to rural areas of the state. We are fortunate that technological advances in wired, wireless and even satellite delivery are overcoming the issue of stringing coax, copper and fiber to every home and business in New Mexico.
In fact, also 99 percent of New Mexicans have access to wireless broadband coverage, according to BroadbandNow.com.