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Morning Word: Veterans Day By the Numbers

November 11, 2016, 7:35 am
Military Vets Honored  
The country honors 18.8 million military men and women today and ABC News has put together an interesting "By the Numbers" look at the federal holiday that started off as Armistice Day at the end of World War I.
18.8 million 
 The number of military veterans. Of those 18.8 million, 1.6 million are women. 
 9.3 million 
 The number of veterans age 65 or older. About 1.6 million are younger than 35. 
 930,000 
The number of living veterans who served in World War II. There are 1.8 million who served in the Korean War, 6.8 million who served in Vietnam and 5.6 million who served during the Gulf War (counted as 1990 to the present). About 4.3 million served only in peacetime.
America's First GI Janes
On Veterans Day, Charles Brunt has an interesting story: “Two Navajo women who served as scouts with the Army’s 20th Infantry Regiment in the summer of 1886 could be the first women to have officially been enlisted in the U.S. Army.”
"The US campaign against the Navajos during the Civil War had actually freed the Apaches from that northern threat,” he said. “Navajos, as well as the Pueblo, were happy to act as scouts against their traditional Apache enemies and saw hard service until the final surrender of Geronimo in 1886." 
Defamation Lawsuit
Bernalillo County Commissioner-elect Stephen Michael Quezada is suing a political action committee for defamation. Quezada says the “Committee for the Truth District 2” falsely accused him of domestic abuse.
Quezada’s complaint says he was the victim – not the perpetrator – of domestic violence in 1999. To back that up, his suit includes a photo showing his face caked with blood as he’s stabilized on a stretcher. Quezada said a police report at the time listed him as the victim and that police arrested the two women who had attacked him.
Minimum Wage Proposal Revived
Marie C Baca reports, “A group of New Mexico lawmakers, emboldened by minimum wage increases in Arizona and Colorado and a new Democratic majority in the Roundhouse, plans to revive an effort to raise the state’s minimum wage next year.”

Saving Time
Sen. Cliff Pirtle, a Roswell Republican, hopes last Sunday was the last time we have to reset our clocks. Pirtle plans to reintroduce a bill to keep the state on Daylight Savings time permanently.

Immigrant Youth Anxious After Trump's Election
Donald Trump’s election has American Dreamers on edge and concerned the President-elect will roll back a 2012 executive order that defers the deportation of immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Santa Fe Considers Soda Tax
Santa Fe could become the next city to add a “soda tax." The money collected could be used to finance more early childhood education programs. Elizabeth Miller reports:
After crunching the numbers on property tax and gross receipts tax, the Early Childhood Working Group, a part of the mayor’s Children, Youth and Families Community Cabinet, determined the best source to generate an estimated $10.6 million annually to expand these offerings is a tax on sweetened drinks like soda.

Whether that tax of $.02 per ounce would hit consumers directly or distributors who sell wholesale remains one of several pieces still being ironed out in this proposal, as is the timeline. To enact the tax, the mayor will need first to take the ordinance to city council, where he expects to introduce it in December. If it passes, it will go before voters sometime in 2017 in a special election.
Monsters of God Filming in New Mexico
Actor Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment production company is headed to New Mexico to film Monsters of God. Director Rod Lurie cast Garret Dillahunt, Lauren Ambrose, Brian Geraghty, Caitlin Gerard, Pat Healy and Kwame Patterson for the series pilot about a military man “who is waging a war against the Comanche in post-Civil War Texas. Despite the peace between the Comanche and local townspeople, he sets out on a quest to kill off every member of the tribe, bringing chaos to the town of Slater."

 

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