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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 25, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years Study finds too many tax breaks The Associated Press WASHINGTON As recover from their annual filing chores a presiden tial commission studying tax laws has reached the conclusion that there are just too many deductions and credits Two credits a deduction and special savings plans help taxpayers cut college costs Special urban and rural tax zones encour age investment and job creation Dozens of other tax benefits help families raise children and save for adoption nudge drivers toward hybrid cars and push businesses to invest in new equipment We have lost sight of the fact that the funda mental purpose of our tax system is to raise revenues to fund gov according to President Bushs Advi sory Panel on Federal Tax Reform The commissions chairman former Florida Sen Connie Mack said its nine members have been surprised at the number of tax deductions and credits It wasnt until we really had the opportu nity to listen to so many different people talk about so many different aspects of the code that it really sunk in about how much and how often the code is being used these days to either create incentives or disincen tives for either invest ment or Mack said in an interview with The Associated Press The White House bud get office ranks the cost of a deduction for busi nesses that provide health insurance to employees as the top tax break worth billion next year Also high on the list are the popular mortgage interest deduction a capi talgains break for Tiome sales a deduction for Please see TAX Page A3 Todays obituary Robert H Dinegar 83 Santa Fe April 21 Page A2 Todays forecast Cloudy breezy scattered showers High 56 low 34 Page A2 INDEX Amies B5 Horoscope B5 Classifieds C2 Opinion Comics A5 B6 Police notes A2 Crossword B5 Scoreboard B2 Education D4 Spanish pg Dl Health Cl Sports Bl TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 24 pages 156th yeari Issue No 87 Publication No 596440 Late Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 986300Q 9863030 9833303 There is so much demand for kids to be ontask Were seeing teachers focused on creating rapid outcomes rather than letting kids develop as they EMILY DARNELLNUNEZ state coordinator of Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids THE PRESSURES OF KINDERGARTEN Pholos by KathyDe La New Mexican Bethany Gallegos left and Esperanza Cortez right draw and write letters during open time in Arlene Walshs kindergarten class at St Francis Cathedral School Walshs setup encourages handson play based learning but some education experts worry such an approach might become a thing of the past National mandates are putting a greater emphasis on learning at a young age but how young is too young By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican On a Thursday morning in Arlene Walshs kinder garten classroom Fiona also known as FionawithFeet to distin guish her from the other Fiona the classrooms corn snake raked sand Hank rolled a wooden truck past a classmate who was putting together a floor puzzle of the solar sys tem while Gilbert and Andres played with cardboard blocks Amid the chaos a lifesized mummy recently constructed by the class lay peacefully on a table surrounded by books about ancient Egypt The classroom at St Francis Cathedral School was pretty noisy and a bit messy and Walsh says she wouldnt have it any other Everything in this room is geared toward brain develop said Walsh who has taught kindergarten for more than 30 years The curriculum is organic It comes from what interests the Some earlychildhood spe cialists public school kin dergarten teachers and child therapists worry Walshs style of kindergarten handson and playbased is becoming a thing of the past They say todays kinder Left to right Christian Trujillo Cortez Walsh and Sierra Branch stuff newspaper into jeans and a Tshirt used to make a mock mummy body in Walshs kindergarten class gartners are more likely to be sedentary and required to pay attention for longer periods of teacherdirected instruction in reading writing and math skills Kindergartners are also more likely to get homework they say The national state and local emphasis on highstakes test ing and achievement has set off debate over how much young children should be expected to learn Some of those focused on the youngest students contend that aca demic skills are being foisted on children before some are ready for them There is so much demand for kids to be said Emily DarnellNunez state coordinator of Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids a Kellogg Foundation supported effort that supports best practices in early child hood education Were seeing teachers focused on creating rapid outcomes rather than letting kids develop as they she said Susan Mclntosh a kinder garten teacher at Gonzales Ele Please see PRESSURES Page A6 Kindergarten performance standards Below are a few of the performance standards for publicschool kindergart ners in New Mexico Language Retell reenact or dramatize stories or parts of stories including personal events Demonstrate sense of story beginning middle end characters Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of types of books and selections picture books caption books short informational texts nursery rhymes plays reenactments of familiar Math Describe simple data and pose questions about the data Investigate the symmetry of twodimensional shapes by folding or cutting paper using Use tools to make predic tions using a balance scale predicting how many cups a container will hold and them filling it to check the Social Studies Identify the customs celebrations and holidays of various cul tures in New Mexico Science Use observa tion and questioning skills in science inquiry What happens when some thing is pushed or Source New Mexico Public Education Department MONDAY APRIL 25 2005 FIFTY CENTS The Associated Press The new pontiff Benedict XVI reached out to Jews and Christians and promised the worlds billion Roman Catholics that he would not ignore their voices as he led his wildly diverse flock Benedict XVI marks start of new papacy Chicago Tribune VATICAN CITY Sunshine glinting off his golden vestments Pope Benedict XVI summoned centuries of Catholic tradition Sunday then asked hundreds of thousands of people gathered in St Peters Square to join him as he sets out on a new papacy Pray for me that I may learn to love the Lord Pray for me that I may learn to love his flock more and he said during his official mass of inves titure Pray for me that I may not flee for fear of the That remark struck a poignant note after a week of mixed reactions to the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzingers elec tion as pope including some sharply per sonal criticism But in Sundays crowd estimated by the Vatican to exceed joy fueled the historic moment and was directed toward the man greeted with the chant Benedetto Benedetto the Ital ian version of his chosen name Frances Nwonyi 35 a Nigerian immi grant living in Rome said she came to receive one of the first blessings from the new pope a moment of particular power for her The Holy Spirit is going to touch individuals in different she said of the people gathered in the square I believe today there will be a change in my German flags joined banners from the nations of the world in the square Perhaps the most dominant colors came from the skyblueandwhite checkered flags of Bavaria the region where the pope was born and raised Please see PAPACY Page A3 Mans alleged Internet relationship ends in arrest By JOHN SENA The New Mexican A 32yearold New Hampshire man was arrested over the weekend after his alleged Internet relationship with a 16yearold Santa Fe boy resulted in their spending the night together at a local hotel according to the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Department David Goodnow of Rindge was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor two counts of criminal contact of a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano said the boys deputies around on Saturday after the boy did not come Please see INTERNET Page A3 ;