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According to Webster’s dictionary, science is defined as “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.”

New Mexico’s executive branch repeatedly tells us that every decision made is science- and data-based. Frankly, that’s a stretch. The scientific process has many layers, and it takes years to prove an observation or theory. Similarly, data analysis is subjective and seldom leads to only one conclusion. Both are easily manipulated to create a convincing argument.

Mark Twain said it best: “There are lies, damn lies, and statistics,” referring to the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments.

In March, the governor ordered restaurants to close to dine-in customers; they reopened at reduced capacity in June and were closed again in July – hardly enough time to research data on the effectiveness of reduced capacity. To add insult to injury, the New Mexico Restaurant Association wasn’t given a chance to plead their case and offer an alternative solution.

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The association has now filed a lawsuit against the administration, saying it has the right to get raw COVID-19 data from the New Mexico Department of Health because it feels the data the Governor’s Office is disseminating is incomplete. We agree.

The governor said in a briefing that it wasn’t the restaurants’ fault; it was the fault of ordinary New Mexicans who were not abiding by her public health orders. Her statement is nothing short of patronizing.

The governor’s shortsightedness has a ripple effect across the state. In addition to being a driving force of our state’s economy, restaurants are the cornerstone of many communities. They donate to their local United Way, sponsor Little League baseball teams, provide food to local shelters and churches, and support their neighbors in countless other ways. Regrettably, many restaurants are closed forever.

The governor claims she has made “painful” decisions in order to prepare hospitals for an influx of COVID-19 patients, which never materialized. In fact, neighboring states are moving their COVID patients to New Mexico to fill empty beds.

School closures, combined with the challenges of remote learning, will likely lead to our children losing the equivalent of three months to an entire year of learning. Yet, the governor opened high-risk long-term and acute care facilities where, as of July, 1,350 residents and employees had fallen ill with COVID-19 and many died.

State parks remain closed to out-of-state visitors and overnight camping, but she reopened group fitness studios, contrary to Department of Human Services Cabinet Secretary David Scrase’s “scientific” Venn diagram, which cautions us to avoid closed spaces and close contact.

She also recently attempted to ban door-to-door campaigning, violating our constitutional right to free speech.

The governor’s public health orders are certainly arbitrary, but not data-based.

In a recent briefing, the governor said New Mexico is on the right track, but she was unwilling to ease any of her public health orders and went so far as to say she may make some of her orders permanent. She doesn’t have that authority. We imagine even Democratic legislators would oppose the governor’s power grab. (On Thursday, she eased some restrictions, including allowing limited indoor dining.)

New Mexico, you have done everything that has been asked of you, and we applaud you.

We’ve been ordered to stay home, practice social distancing, avoid friends and family, and wear a mask in public places. Despite our lives and livelihoods being upended, we’ve done well.

Small family-owned businesses were told they were nonessential and shut down. Corporate-owned big- box stores remained open because, according to the executive, they offered one-stop shopping and were deemed essential. As extraordinarily challenging as that has been, we’ve done well.

Would we have done equally as well if all businesses had remained open in some capacity? We will never know. What we do know is that the executive’s interpretation of the science and data has caused irreparable harm to our state.


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