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re: letter to Representative Heinrich

Dear Representative Martin Heinrich:

This letter is sent with the intention of calling upon you for help in regard to a proposed health protection act for Americans. It is called the “Self-Shielding Bill” and I ask that you consider being a co-sponsor to the bill.

As a matter of great personal concern, I have been devoted to natural health and health freedoms for many years and I fear the following information will have grave results for the populace if it is not addressed. It is in reference to the proposed enforcement of mandatory treatment—including mandatory vaccines for any alleged pandemic condition. Any amendment that is proposed by a governmental body which violates the rights of any citizen to control his/her own body is against our Constitution. Yet, both state and federal legislation now provide for the mandatory vaccination, drugging, or incarceration for those who refuse such treatment. The hype and hysteria of the media and the distortion of “scientific” reporting of contagion by governmental and international bodies, coupled with the pharmaceutical industries’ headlong rush to force vaccines which are untested, uninsurable, and downright dangerous because they are known to be both ineffective and unsafe, leads me to urge you to push back this potentially deadly tide of political pandemic response.

Independent physicians such as William Campbell Douglas, MD; Julian Whittaker, MD; Joseph Mercola, DO; John Wilson, MD; William Rea, MD; William Sears, MD; as well as Ron Paul, MD have all warned about the dangers of forced vaccination and the ineffectiveness of such measures to stop infectious diseases. These independent medical opinions must be given great weight, while the self-serving opinions of government “experts” who demand forced vaccinations must be considered biased.

In addition to the moral and cultural repugnance which mandatory treatment invokes, it violates the rights of citizens and introduces the possibility of harm to them which cannot under the current legal structure be recompensed. Vaccine is an uninsurable risk and vaccine manufacturers are immune from liability for dangerous and even deadly products. While vaccines have never been proven to be either safe or ineffective, any pandemic vaccine would be untested upon its use. A quote from the Centers for Disease Control states “the possibilities of disaster are enormous.” Therefore those of us who do not desire these “treatments” should be free to make such a choice with the endorsement and support of the state.

As a person who is a member of your constituency, I urge you in the strongest terms to:

1. Commit to holding fact-finding hearings in the immediate future to evaluate the true status of the pandemic threat and pandemic treatment safety. The Baxter Pharmaceutical incident earlier this year, where annual flu vaccines intended for eighteen countries were “accidentally” contaminated by live Avian Flu Viruses must be fully investigated.      

2. Commit to putting your efforts toward reversing dangerous legislation and policies which can endanger the lives and health of the members of your constituency.       

3. Provide for sanction-free personal exemptions from proposed mandatory drug or vaccination treatments by offering people who do not wish to be so treated the opportunity and support necessary for self-quarantine and self-shield at home, if needed for public safety reasons. Such support would include food, water, and communication support; provisions of medical supplies of their choice; and other means which support their choice and safety. This alternative would be far less expensive than incarceration or the forced relocation of “vaccine refusers,” which would of course be in violation of the Geneva Convention.

In short, we demand full recognition of our right to protect ourselves in our own homes. For your further investigatory needs, here is a link to the text of the bill for which we are seeking Congressional sponsorship: Protect Americans’ Self-Shielding Act: Other information about the problems connected to vaccines can be found at both the Health Freedom Alliance and the Natural Solutions Foundation websites ( and

Thank you, Representative Heinrich, for your support of liberty and of your sworn duty to protect both the U.S. Constitution and the well-being of your constituents.

—June Trezza, Placitas


re: helping the local economy

I am writing to encourage all my neighbors to spend your money in your local community as much as possible.

Not only do I believe supporting local small business helps keep the businesses alive, but also helps continue our local diversity, develops skilled employees, and provides ‘hometown’ customer service, which all produce a quality and, I believe, superior service and/or product.

Personally, I am willing to pay a little extra or make an extra stop to have that opportunity. I really like having choices and hope that will continue here in this community.

—Carol Scrivner, Algodones


re: it’s the law

If you enjoy the horno-baked oven bread of the Pueblos, try piki bread from Hopi and Cochiti. Unlike the leavened oven breads, piki breads are unleavened and flavored with culinary juniper ash. Made with blue cornmeal, the light, thin sheets are dry to the point of brittleness, melt in the mouth, and have a delicate corn and juniper flavor. Once the batter is made, it is smeared by hand over a large flat baking piki stone coated with oil made from pounded squash, watermelon, or sunflower seeds.

Piki bread takes several days to make from scratch. It is prepared by women in various phases of courtship and marriage rituals and eaten by the couple on the morning of the marriage ceremony.

Leaving the culinary kitchen and moving to the courtroom may seem like a quantum leap for anyone interested in piki bread. However, if you ask the people of Cochiti Pueblo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences, they will tell you that it took an act of Congress and more than forty years to return the sacred stone used in preparing the bread.

In 1990, the United States Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Basically, the Act provides legal mechanisms to repatriate Native American cultural and religious items from individuals and organizations like the Denver Museum. In the piki case, a Cochiti member sold a cooking stone to the Denver Museum. This particular stone dated around 1930. It was used by the individual’s family in traditional cooking ceremonies conducted throughout the year by appointed Cochiti women during times of traditional society events. These events involve many culturally sensitive ceremonies such as weddings, in which cooking and piki bread are of major importance in conducting the ceremony. In legal arguments, the Cochiti representatives viewed the piki stone as a “sacred object” or “object of cultural patrimony” and argued that it was protected under NAGPRA. In August of 2008, the stone was returned to the Cochiti community.


1 cup green juniper ash
1 cup blue cornmeal
1 cup boiling water
Sunflower oil for greasing the stone
3 cups water

Mix ash with boiling water, strain juniper ash into pot. Stir. Add blue cornmeal. Stir with wooden spoon or stick. Let cool. Spread on hot, greased griddle or stone with palm of hand. Be certain the layer is very thin. Cook for a very short time. Carefully lift the paper-thin layer from griddle by rolling from one end to the other in jellyroll fashion. Enjoy!

—Ron Sullivan, Placitas


Behind the Mike: Stuff that tends to tick me off!

—Michael Aun

Okay, now I am ticked off. I just turned sixty, which officially makes me a geezer. These lines on my face are laugh lines, not wrinkles.

You know you are old when your back goes out more than you do. You can tell your age when your health insurance actually starts paying more than you have paid in.

You know you are a geezer when the twinkle in your eyes is the reflection of the sun off your bifocals. You know you are old when you do not care where your mate is going today as long as you do not have to tag along.

You have to feel your age when the flat top haircut you had in your youth has actually come back into style along with the clothes you wore back then.

You really feel your age when your wife starts holding the door open for you because she gets to it quicker than you can. What is worse is you walk right through it without a hint of guilt.

Another thing that ticks me off is the fact that I have more hair in my ears than over my ears. And, sadly, I just read a medical study that suggests that your ears and your nose continue to grow as you grow older. I already had a pretty good head start on these respective body parts. I sort of wish there was something of a moratorium here.

I really felt my age the other day when I got down on the floor to play with my grandbabies, Ava and Ashley, but quickly learned that I could not get back up.

Geezers like me quit arguing over music; our big topic these days is our pension plans… or lack thereof. Conversations with our peers turn into dueling ailments as I recently learned when I gave a speech at a retirement community in Florida called The Villages. “Village People” do dueling ailments with the best of them. And, no, I am not really more patient these days; I just do not care anymore.

Life is weird for us geezers. We tip more and carry less. We read more and remember less. Younger people start asking our opinion about things… and then laugh at our opinion.

Maybe it is less of an age thing and more of a male/female thing. Men and women are so different in so many ways. Men are such simple creatures. Our brains look like a series of little balls and each of these balls has its own contents… like our car or our house or our investments or our hobbies. And make no mistake; we do not mix the balls up because that is the only way we can keep them straight.

We have all these little spheres for a reason… we do not want them to touch! When a man discusses a particular subject, he goes to that little sphere in his brain and pulls out only what is in that little ball, careful to never open another ball or even touch another sphere.

Women’s brains, on the other hand, interconnect all these little spheres to one another and each is tied to a woman’s greatest strength—her amazing ability to never forget anything that has ever happened in her life—ever! Everything is connected to everything else. Their brains are like high-test Google… the information super-duper highway.

We men tend to use it and then lose it. Men do not have emotions; we just do not care. Women, on the other hand, care about everything. Women file data away for future use and never hesitate to go to their superior recall function to point out every single misdeed we have ever committed in our lives.

Men have a special sphere in our brains. It is, in fact, empty. There is nothing in this particular sphere. It is our little quiet place where we go to hide out. Men have the ability to think about absolutely nothing for hours on end… and still be alive and well. This drives women crazy. How can men be idle?

Women cannot stop mixing and mingling the spheres. They cannot understand how we can be totally at peace with ourselves by doing absolutely nothing. For instance, they do not get how we can watch a NASCAR race or a football game. My wife is fond of saying, “Just read about it in the paper in the morning. All they are doing is turning left.”

To which I respond, “Why not just go online to do your shopping instead of going into thirty-seven different departments in sixteen different stores for something you might purchase in the year of 2015?“ For women, shopping is about the thrill of the kill. Well… so is NASCAR and football.

Please, please, please… let us be in our moment of solitude. It is why we can go fishing for hours on end without a second thought. It is why we can stare at five sports channels without a hint of remorse or guilt.

The hardest thing for women to understand is the empty ball we have in our brain. That is our favorite sphere of all. It requires no thinking. It requires no decisions. It requires no effort. It is our blankie, as my beautiful granddaughter, Ashley might say. Leave us alone to suck our metaphorical thumbs and to rub our mental blankies.






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