Letter to the Observer: Three areas need legislation


We need sanity and pragmatism for three areas of proposed state legislation.

1. Right to Work.

Requiring union membership would suppress economic development. Passing HB 85, Union Security Agreements, would be extremely bad law for New Mexico.

Here are the stats:

• Employment growth nationwide (2007-17): RTW states grew 8.8 percent; non-RTW states grew 4.2 percent.

• Job creation since 2001: RTW states added a net 1.7 million jobs; non-RTW states lost 2.1 million jobs

• Real disposable incomes: RTW states in 2017 was $42,857; non-RTW states was nearly $2,250 lower.

• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: RTW states averaged 3.9 per 1,000 residents; non-RTW states averaged 11.6 per 1,000 residents

• 2015 compensation: RTW states averaged $46,057; non-RTW states averaged $44,475.

• Real manufacturing gross domestic product (2011-16): RTW states 5.9 percent; non-RTW states 3 percent.

• Out-migration (2000-09): Nearly 5 million people moved from non-RTW states to RTW states.

Employees ought to be able to freely associate without having to pay anything to anybody.

2. Marijuana.

Why the rush to legalize marijuana? More analyses are needed to see if it makes sense. Marijuana possession, use and sale are against federal law. Felony penalties range from $250,000 fines and five years to $1 million and life in prison.

The U.S. Constitution Supremacy Clause gives precedence to federal law. Legislators take an oath to uphold the Constitution. Legalizing marijuana conflicts with federal law and violates lawmakers’ sworn oath.

According to a Drug Enforcement Agency and Health and Human Services study, marijuana has a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use in treatment, lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision and has no Food and Drug Administration approvals.

The active ingredient, THC, stays in the human system for days. Failed urinalyses will lessen the qualified employment candidate pool and jeopardize continued employment for many federal and other state positions.

Second-hand smoke could, in certain instances, affect urinalysis results.

The Colorado impaired-driver rate went up 145 percent the first year after legalization. New Mexico already has catastrophic DUI levels, and we can’t afford more incapacitated drivers.

Let’s slow down and have independent thought, and do cost-benefit analyses specific to New Mexico to see if tax revenues offset the social, business, medical and psychological costs.

3. Abortion.

Repealing state abortion law and not adding statutory protections for the mother, baby, practitioners or facilities leaves New Mexico without legal guidance or restrictions. Consequently, ending a baby’s life right up to the point of live birth, or even after, will not be against the law, because there will be no law!

I’ve noticed that all those who favor abortion have already been born. If some state lawmakers loved babies as much as they love cannabis, New Mexico would not be the only state that may be destined for zero limitations on abortionists and abortuaries.

New Mexico would quickly become a nationwide “fourth trimester” abortion destination.

Taking a baby’s life in this manner would not be abortion; it would be infanticide. There must be a more considered and considerate legislative approach; there’s gotta be a better way!

George Wright