Dear Friends and Allies,
First, I want to tell you that after we learned that the stroke rehab center in Santa Fe couldn’t start Paul on therapy for 5-6 weeks, we were lucky to find an even better solution. We so appreciate the hundreds of notes from all of you, which included many great suggestions and offers of help. We are so grateful to have this wonderful network of friends and allies!
We want to give a special thank-you to Peter Smith, President of the Board at KSFR where Paul airs his radio show on Saturday mornings at 8:30. Peter sent us a note with info from another KSFR Board member, Helen Molanphy, with a recommendation for Ambercare, which provides in-home nursing, rehab, and other services in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. With a quick referral from Paul’s primary care physician, Ambercare was able to send someone to our house the very next day. Wow! We were/are impressed. Thank you Peter and Helen!
Paul received 3 in-home assessments in the last 5 days from Speech/Cognitive Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. He will receive regular therapy at home for at least the next 4 weeks. And it’s fully covered by Medicare! So, please, if you know anyone who needs in-home care, call Ambercare today. I’m sorry to sound like an advertisement, but this has made our lives so much easier, and Paul didn’t have to wait to get the care he needs.
How is it that these things have to happen somewhat randomly — because someone Paul knows at KSFR knows someone else who passed along this info? What happens to people who don’t have a similar social circle or who don’t know they deserve something more? We are lucky and privileged to have a wide circle of friends and supporters and to have the resources and wherewithal to navigate the healthcare system. Too many people in this state and country are needlessly suffering because they don’t have these privileges. It’s cruel and unnecessary. Medicare for All remains near the top of our list of issues to keep fighting for!
We expect Paul to be nearly back to full functioning in another month or so. Hooray! In the meantime, though he gives it a good try every single day, it is still very challenging for Paul to type, to process complex information, and to develop and retain his thoughts long enough to write a blog. Even though he is eager to get back to it, the Speech/Cognitive Therapist advised him to not take on too much too soon. But there is something important coming up in a few days, so we are working together to create a blog to pass along the info you need to participate.
As many of you know, the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) is scheduled to hear arguments for and against the Avangrid/PNM merger beginning Monday, Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. You may register to give oral comment during the hearing or you may submit written comment. Oral comments are limited to three minutes. At this point we have no info on word limit for written comment, but it’s best to keep it concise.
To give oral comment at the hearing, you must register in advance by emailing Ana.Kippenbrock@state.nm.us before 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. New Energy Economy advises you to include this subject line: “20-00222-UT public comment.” NEE also recommends that your email should say: “I ________________(YOUR NAME), would like to give public comment in NM PRC Case No. 20-00222-UT. Please provide a Zoom link so that I can participate. Thank you.”
Written comments may be submitted prior to the Commission’s final action in the case by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your written comments prior to Weds., Aug. 11 because we don’t know how long the hearing will last. The PRC’s formal evidentiary hearing begins Weds., Aug. 11, at 9:00 a.m., and continues thereafter as necessary. Public oral comment will not be taken during the evidentiary hearings. The hearing will be streamed live on YouTube, and a link to the livestream will be posted on the PRC Public Hearings Page several minutes before the start of each day of the hearing.
On Friday or Saturday this week, we will publish a blog that summarizes the compelling evidence that shows this merger is a very bad idea. You can use this info to develop your oral and/or written comments against the merger. In the meantime, if you want to make an oral comment at the Monday hearing, please register per the instructions above. You can craft your oral comments once you read the upcoming blog. Likewise, if you plan to submit written comments, the blog will provide a number of persuasive points for you to choose from.
Please reply here with any comments or questions. We’ll get that blog out to you as soon as we can!
In gratitude, appreciation, and hope,