Tuesday morning briefing: Two cents, ring a bell and a prelude to seat belts

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing.

Your two cents

Here’s your shot to comment on the State Master Plan for Higher Education.

The plan is posted on the department’s home page at www.hed.state.nm.us. The deadline for comments is Dec. 10.

To comment: E-mail Executive Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary Carlotta Abeyta at carlottam.abeyta@state.nm.us.

Information: 505-476-8404.

Question of the day

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Please share your odd tastes with the others in our daily comment section below.

Ring your bell

Is your organization looking for a way to give back this year?

Volunteer to be a Kettle Ringer at Wal-Mart, Walgreens or Albertsons this season and spread cheer while raising money for the less fortunate.

Information: Call the Salvation Army at 762-3802

Holiday cooking tip

Butter pie pastry scraps: Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar; bake like cookies.

Today in history

On this day in 1965, 32-year-old lawyer Ralph Nader publishes the muckraking book “Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile.”

The book became a best-seller right away.

It also prompted the passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, seat-belt laws in 49 states (all but New Hampshire) and a number of other road-safety initiatives.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/unsafe-at-any-speed-hits-bookstores

Weather

Today — Winter approaching…mostly sunny with highs in the 40s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear. Lows 15 to 25. West winds 10 to 15 mph.