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Elizabeth, you can go online to the Albuquerque Journal site and write your
letter to the editor using their interface. www.abqjournal.com then
go to the
Letters to the Editor section. I don't know about the other papers,
the same process will work.
I wonder if the power of restraint is an option. When the Santa Fe Opera
recently declined to go ahead with a costly infrastructure improvement given
the economy and state budget woes, they were praised by the Journal, among
Any interest group can make the case that continued support by taxpayers will
improve peoples lives and the economy. But sometimes everyone is asked
a little when times are hard for all sorts of people and industries. Is there
any give in the film industry messages? Can this industry survive a year with
some sacrifice, only to come on stronger the following year, with added local
public support (because of restraint)? Or is the only case that it's all or
Quoting Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker <goodfilms11@GMAIL.COM>:
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> Hi Elizabeth weighing in.
> First Thanks Alton.
> Does any one have the e mail addresses to these "letter to the
> editors"? (I'm on a writing deadline and have been trying to stay
> above the fray)
> As someone who worked extremely had to get these incentives started,
> I am sick of hearing that the film industry has to be stopped to
> "help the state."
> In the deepest recession that any of us have ever know, to stop
> something that is strongly helping New Mexican's with careers and
> salaries to stay alive is simply ridiculous.
> Every time I see one of those headlines designed to get people to
> read newspapers, I almost throw up.
> Besides writing letters, what else can we do (?), and where does 235
> stand at this moment,(?) or is this just one more scary politic
> moment for our industry?
> Another politician wishing to be in the spotlight? Geez guys, get a life!
> On Feb 11, 2010, at 10:07 AM, Alton Walpole wrote:
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>> I sent the following letter to the editors of the Santa Fe New
>> Mexican & Albuquerque Journal today.....who knows if it will be
>> In simple terms, the burgeoning film production industry in New
>> Mexico did not cause the current budget problems for our state. In
>> fact, it has generated new revenue for local businesses and private
>> individuals. It has significantly increased our tax base. It has
>> created not only jobs, but careers.
>> There are other means to balance budgets; proper fiscal management
>> and dare I say increased tax on tobacco, liquor and high-fat foods.
>> The state incentives program for film production is an asset, not a
>> liability. Limiting or capping these incentives will destroy, not
>> diminish, this positive opportunity.
>> Alton Walpole
>> LETTER TO EDITOR
>> SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN & ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
>> February 11, 2010
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