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Robert Bartlett

Starting, growing and running a business is the hardest thing anyone can do. It is about hard work, hard work, risk taking and personal sacrifice. The destruction of such a business by political hacks is evil and unforgivable.

Barry Rabkin

The Governor is not destroying any business. The virus is: global pandemic, highly infectious, no vaccine. I am looking forward to voting for her in 2022 when she runs again to be our Governor.

Ted Nugent

boo hoo

Philip Taccetta

Mike Johnson, with the exception of “follow the science”, sounds to me like you’re talking about trump.

Ed Li

So if we were to hypothetically take this NM GOP/NM Restaurant Association/NM Small Business approach to the pandemic

and New Mexico COVID cases and deaths exploded because of it, where are all these idiots advocating for irresponsible reopenings going to stand then?? Will those entities responsible be there to clean up such a disaster? Doubtful! At such a point, for me and many other New Mexicans, the blame will fall squarely on those irresponsibly delusional entities who put profit over our safety. Sorry, not sorry but I’ll take the closure of my favorite restaurants/shops, than the death or illness of a loved one from COVID19. All day, everyday and always.

Mike Johnson

Yes, and as time goes on perhaps more blind people will have the scales fall from their eyes and realize what this Guv is doing to our state and why. Hers is the most opaque and secret administration in our history. Not only does she have dictatorial powers from her unilaterally declared emergency, with no oversight, checks and balances, or accountability, she has formed secret commissions like her health advisory group and the economic recovery group that violate public meetings act regulations and operate in total secrecy, accountable to no one but her. She refuses to answer questions or be accountable, and we have no idea how and why decisions are made, only that they "follow the science", like encouraging and congratulating massive left wing protests and riots, while attacking anti-lockdown protestors, and handing out tickets to car clubs and others gathering in groups of more than 5 people. Her health department reports positive tests and disguises them as individual positive cases, as many positive people get tested multiple times to return to work, get an operation, etc., to pump up the number when she likes. She scolds and blames the restaurants for causing the latest surge, while the NMED "Rapid Response" data shows no such connection, even though the department head claims a "15 fold increase" in responses to restaurants which cannot be found in any data anywhere on their website. She has no credibility as following anything but her political agenda. And of course we all should realize that the vast majority of private business owners are conservatives, many Democrats and some Republicans, the very people she wants to purge and remove from our state. The political motives and agenda should become clear to all but the most left wing partisans, she is out to destroy any business she can.

Barry Rabkin

The US Constitution serves as the final checks-and-balances to our Governor's actions. To date, her actions are constitutional.

Lee DiFiore

MLG and her staff don't care about these businesses or their employees. To her it's all about the power. She won't even tell restaurants where the goalposts are let alone how to get to them. Where is one shred of proof the virus is spread by indoor dining or wine tasting rooms? And the brewery vs. wine tasting room argument is almost as ludicrous as her quarantine for 14 days edict .

Ted Nugent

"Where is one shred of proof the virus is spread by indoor dining or wine tasting rooms?" Why do we need proof?

Lee DiFiore

Well, you think there would be some proof that closing thousands of businesses and putting tens of thousands of people out of work had some merit or some science behind it and was not just the whim of some autocratic government creeps.

Mike Johnson

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Orlie Romero

Connie since you believe in masks you do realize that at no point you can remove it, ever. Virus is in air you’re dead! Some of you really are DAS...

Bonnie Cox

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Barry Rabkin

The objective is to keep people home for as long as possible every day. To accomplish this, it makes sense to limit the number of businesses that any person can visit: so, yes to the Big Box stores because they carry more products. No to smaller stores because people would then have to visit more places. Keep people in their homes for as long as possible every day.

No to indoor dining or indoor wine tasting. People have to take off their masks for too long a period of time. No dart throwing: it is a logical list of where people can not go.

Global pandemic: highly infectious, no vaccine.

Will businesses go bankrupt? Yes. Better than overwhelming our healthcare system, better than infecting themselves and their staff (the business owners and their employees), better than infecting other people, better than putting other people in the hospital, better than killing other people.

Ted Nugent

Finally, an intelligent, selfless voice. Thank you, Barry.

Richard Irell

Actually, quite the opposite of selfless.

Barry Rabkin

I admit I am selfish: I selfishly want to live, I selfishly want other New Mexicans to live; I selfishly do not want to overwhelm our healthcare system, and I selfishly want ALL New Mexicans to use science (and healthcare advise) to guide their daily actions during this pandemic. Yep, I'm selfish.

Ted Nugent

'“I hear that every day, and it’s heartbreaking,” he said. ' It's not heartbreaking to me. This is worldwide pandemic. I guess business owners forget this and just think revenue. If businesses can't weather this pandemic due to mismanagement of their business in the past, file chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Or get a loan like everyone else. On a personal level, I have not missed a single small business, not a one, during this pandemic. Ask yourself: "Do I really need a $17 dollar enchilada plate? Do I really need to stay in a $185/night hotel room? Do I desperately need a $75 bottle of wine from a winery? Is all this worth infecting strangers who have families?"

Judith Senda

As always, Connie, you have a lot to say about everyone, but little compassion for anyone.

The real mismanagement here is the Governor, not the hundreds of small businesses that are struggling as a result of her dictates.

Just because others don’t share Chipotle and a bottle of Two-buck Chuck as your idea of a nice night out doesn’t make them less deserving members of the community.

Ted Nugent

@ Judith: I apologize. Didn't know we had such high-class taste among us such as yourself. I suppose the COVID.19 virus bypasses the wealthy, only impacting the Wal-Mart & Chipotle crowd like myself.

Judith Senda

I’m afraid you’ve missed my point, Connie. You’ve used the “$17 enchilada plate” phrase too often. It’s clear you have a some kind of issue with anybody in a higher income bracket, and somehow think that they and those that cater to them should suffer, or at least aren’t worthy of your compassion (if you have any).

Orlie Romero

You stated earlier you can do without eating out, now you go chipotle? Fake

Bonnie Cox

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Orlie Romero

How do you infect another who isn’t in the same place your visiting. Logic: if you stay home curled up shaking the rest of us can go on with life.

Orlie Romero

Barry, their are a lot of I’s in your statement. Be an American, be a team, use WE and you’ll see happiness! Breathe in deep, relax and rejoin life.

Richard Reinders

Wineries are no different than Breweries in their operation but Breweries could open not Wineries which shows the Gov. is throwing darts at the problem. Offering loans doesn't help it just digs the hole deeper and you will have a mountain of debt to overcome if you survive. I will bet you personally will be responsible for the loan not the business so it will follow you the rest of your life until you pay it back. It is too bad you can't buy the Gov. like the big box stores that operate at full capacity. It is not essential you buy more compost or build another shelf oh but you are the biggest gross receipt tax providers and I guess that is the price of admission.

Ted Nugent

"I will bet you personally will be responsible for the loan not the business so it will follow you the rest of your life until you pay it back." I bet you are 100% correct. I say tough luck. That's the cost of maintaining a successful business. There is always Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as an option, which is also the cost of doing business during a worldwide pandemic.

Richard Reinders

Connie all I am saying is when your in a hole stop digging,

Chris Mechels

Now we can appreciate why the Governor was removed, as Secretary of Health, back in 2007, as her opponents for Governor claimed. She's a meddling micro manager, which she explains as "having high standards". I seems she has no "standards", only impulses. I recommend Peter Drucker's "The Effective Executive" to her. He basically describes everything she's NOT. She needs to delegate, but has picked a very weak cabinet, and her staff is pathetic. But after reading Drucker, perhaps she'll get an idea of what management is... we hope.

Ted Nugent

Yes, of course. MLG is gonna run our right now and purchase this dumb book based on your recommendation.

Richard Irell

I’m going to hazard a guess that you never read the book you are calling dumb.

Bonnie Cox

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