‘Slipshod treatment’ led to shocking dismissal

July 10, 2018

I am in shock and dismayed to the point of tears that the District Attorney’s Office could not get its act together to bring the case of the killing of Elvira Segura to trial (“Delays lead judge to toss Nambé murder case,” June 23). This should have been a slam dunk for District Attorney Marco Serna’s office. How many incompetent people failed to do their job properly? I’m not surprised that Serna, according to the story in The New Mexican, declined to comment after the case was tossed out of court. Who can imagine bungling of such magnitude?

Elvira Segura helped thousands of Santa Feans over the years as a city librarian. She deserved better than the slipshod treatment her case received over the past 20 months.

Valerie Frost

Santa Fe

Speak out

I read Sally Raisbeck’s letter (“Gas chambers?,” Letters to the Editor, July 5), about the current political climate and gas chambers with great interest. Given the hatred and vitriol toward immigrants, blacks and liberals by a subgroup of Americans, I can easily see how a portion of Germany’s population was complicit and totally aware of the concentration camps and gas chambers for Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals during World War II.

I am seen by some of my friends as unreasonable with regard to my concern that the current administration in Washington, D.C., foments racial hatred and potential class warfare. The irony is that the current holder of the highest office in the land is a grifter and flim-flam man who could not care less about the masses except with regard to his ability to manipulate them. Our democracy is in peril, and this is not a time to “make nice” with regard to opinions about the body politic.

Lorie Dwinell

Santa Fe

Revised anthem

How about singing this one at games instead of the national anthem?

O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,

Whose stern, impassioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law!

Alice K. Ladas, Ed.D

Santa Fe

Accepting blame

The July 4 article about gang violence in Santa Fe takes the easy way out (“Police: Youth gangs on the rise,” July 4). It is no small concern that Santa Fe’s gang violence is on the rise, but it is lazy to blame this simply on social media and rappers like Chief Keef, as the article does. It would be more beneficial to the city if The New Mexican would take a good look at the public school systems and parents who are raising children who fall into gang violence. Santa Fe can’t control the existence of violent rappers or the existence of social media, but we can control the way we raise our youth. New Mexico needs to take the blame rather than pushing it off onto faceless entities.

Greer Hill

Santa Fe

Choose compassion

Too much murder. There’s Jeremiah Valencia, the murdered child from Nambé who loved to play with his dog, and my old friend in Dixon who is now grieving her sister (“State police make sixth arrest tied to Dixon-area slayings,” June 22). How can we keep our friends and children alive?

One common thread in violence is substance abuse. Drug and alcohol use are not going away. Dr. Gabor Maté, in his book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, explains that most addicts have experienced early childhood trauma.

We can reduce child abuse by supporting families. While we work for better policies we can contribute to groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters or Many Mothers. It’s easy to look down on murderers. Instead of judging, we can honor our dead with our deeds. We can choose compassion, love in action.

Nancy Lee Marquis

Santa Fe

Hope for future

Although your front page article (“New Mexico’s best heading for the exits,” July 5), was depressing, a careful read indicates a potential agenda for the next administration. That agenda would include having the state making substantial investments in workforce development, community colleges, the University of New Mexico and K-12 education with an emphasis on higher standards so our students would be ready for 21st century jobs. Further, a special commission should be empaneled to do a strict cost benefit analysis of every state and local regulation and tax.

If New Mexico is to be competitive with Texas and Utah, substantial tax and regulatory changes will be necessary. And one last point. If the state funds the investment suggested, a special oversight commission should be created to make sure the new money isn’t corrupted away.

David Shulman

Santa Fe

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