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Old 07-24-2019, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Off topic for this thread, but your post reminds me of Jim Thorpe.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Thorpe
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I love Texas. I lived in Austin for a year and revere the community.
Meh. I lived there for two years (a long time ago, before any "tech"). Compared to Albq, it's a swamp. Humid. Lots of cockroaches, issues with mold. City-wise: meh.

You're a software eng and you had to move to Florida for work? You can't find a job in Austin? That seems backwards.

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So, for us NM has a strong cultural persistence that is rare for indigenous people since so many are now gone.
This is one of the saving graces of NM.

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But here in NM the culture is still alive and many children still speak the indigenous languages of their grandparents (albeit fading over time but still distinctly apparent).
Actually there are places in NM where it's going strong. Not only are the languages alive and well, but are thriving. I don't know what language is spoken in Santo Domingo (Tewa? Tiwa?) but when I've gone into the gas station there, I've heard kids speaking it with their parents. At the school at Jemez they have classes to teach their kids the language.

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In regards to energy, the pragmatic options are still viable for the area. I worked with renewable energy and see a lot of potential for thermally efficient home designs throughout the southwest. There are ways mechanical engineers, maerials science engineers, civil engineers and architects can optimize renewable energy.
I've got a long-time friend from Tech and that's what he's involved in. He did his degree in materials (back in the 90s when I waas doing my math and CS studies) and works for DOE on renewable energy. Not in NM, though. He would have preferred to stay in NM because he loves the state but had to look elsewhere for work.
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:27 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I constantly see pages where people say that New Mexico sucks and do not move there. I know crime in ABQ is quite high and Santa Fe is pretty expensive to live in but what about Las Cruces or smaller places like Taos or Tularosa. I'm just curious as to why SO many people have hated living there. I haven't visited just wanting opinions from people who live or have lived there. I actually love the adobe buildings (at least in pictures) and think it would be a cool place to live.
Original poster, it seems you live in Lansing, Michigan... You really need to come on out to New Mexico and visit... Who knows, you might like it here...
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Speaking as someone from the East Coast, New Mexico does not have a bad reputation on this side..
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Old 07-29-2019, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Silver Hill, Albuquerque
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Actually there are places in NM where it's going strong. Not only are the languages alive and well, but are thriving. I don't know what language is spoken in Santo Domingo (Tewa? Tiwa?) but when I've gone into the gas station there, I've heard kids speaking it with their parents. At the school at Jemez they have classes to teach their kids the language.
Santo Domingo speaks Keresan, just like Cochiti, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Acoma, and Laguna. The language is really strong in some villages - Santo Domingo and San Felipe in particular - but having a rougher time of it elsewhere especially with younger generations. This is true for almost all Native languages in the US (even Navajo) but almost all the Keresan communities have active language-revitalization programs and there are several organizations like this that are doing their best to continue passing the language on.
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Old 07-29-2019, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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My sister's kids were attending Jemez school a few years ago and they were being taught whatever language Jemez Pueblo speaks.
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Old 07-30-2019, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Silver Hill, Albuquerque
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My sister's kids were attending Jemez school a few years ago and they were being taught whatever language Jemez Pueblo speaks.
Yeah, many of the pueblos have some level of language instruction as part of their school systems. Jemez also has a Head Start program that includes instruction in Towa.
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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The state has one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. They tax SS benefits. That alone does not attract retirees.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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They tax SS benefits.
Can you explain this a bit? Is this unusual compared to other states?
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:41 AM
 
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Can you explain this a bit? Is this unusual compared to other states?
If it shows up on US 1040 as taxable income, it gets taxed by NM as well. Many states do the same thing. Many states don't.

If your state has no income tax, it isn't taxed. (Most of those make up for no income tax with high property and sales taxes, though.) If your state has an income tax, it may be exempted completely, or there may be a tax provision that exempts up to a certain level of total income. That's how the US tax works, but some states allow a higher exemption level while others don't tax it at all.

I don't know that any state taxes at a higher income level than federal taxes do. But I'd never say never about places like Illinois, New York and California.
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