Animal shelter board definitely works

September 28, 2018

Your recent story on the Santa Fe Animal Shelter (“ ‘Due diligence,’ then turmoil,” Sept. 23), quotes an anonymous former board member as saying, “It’s a far cry from a working board.” I don’t know how many decades ago this person served, but speaking as a current member, it’s actually a dictionary definition of a working board.

Currently, some directors take home puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. They also take in medical fosters who need to recuperate, and hospice dogs and cats who deserve to die in a loving home. Some of us are there on the “beach,” the section of our clinic where animals are monitored and comforted as they awaken from surgery.

When the shelter inherits an estate, we comb through it room by room, looking for merchandise to sell at our resale shops to raise money for the animals.

The list of hands-on things we do is as endless as it is rewarding. The anonymous source also says directors enjoyed “elevated social status.”

Really? That’s a board perk that I certainly haven’t experienced, nor do I see it in my hard-working colleagues as we volunteer on behalf of the helpless animals.

Bob Basler

Santa Fe

Trumpian times

I am a New Mexico-born citizen of this beautiful state. I am deeply disturbed by the recent political TV ad from Steve Pearce depicting Michelle Lujan-Grisham buried neck deep in sand. It is repulsive and comes from a deep dark place in his campaign. I could never vote for someone who would endorse this type of politics. I do not expect “goody-goody” advertising but this takes his campaign into a disturbing place. It is the type of dark, bullying, fear-mongering rhetoric we hear from Donald Trump.

Does Pearce admire Donald Trump’s style? I do not. It is also highly sexist; burying a woman up to her neck in sand. This exhibits the type of male power and dominance over women that should incite all women. It is also highly uncivil and potentially dangerous. The message to people out there who would use violence for political gain is: “Bury this woman.” In these Trumpian times of divisiveness and hatred this is a frightening message.

Stephen Farber

Santa Fe

Loving and trustworthy

The New Mexican owes Bill Palmer and his many admirers and friends an apology for such a poorly researched misleading article, which makes it sound as if he left Frogville Studios voluntarily (“Last hop for Frogville recording studio?,” Sept. 20). It was Bill’s enthusiasm, energy, and amazing skill and knowledge as a recording engineer that made Frogville what it was, and the absence of the appropriate praise, appreciation and thanks from owner John Treadwell is astonishing.

I am certain that Treadwell and engineer Jason Reed will discover that their disparaging statements and their lack of loyalty will result in most if not all of the studio’s customers following Bill. His loving, trustworthy character, as well as his far superior skills (especially compared with his ungrateful apprentice, Reed) will make that an easy choice for the many musicians who have worked with him over the years.

David Birnbaum

Santa Fe

Sad day

I am a 10th-generation descendant of Spanish settlers (“Celebrating unity,” Sept. 8). Considering other European settlers, the Spanish did not arrive in New Mexico with hundreds of soldiers; rather, to their credit, they brought many priests ready to teach and minister to the Natives in many new and different ways. Also to their credit, the Spanish did not practice “Indian removals” from their homelands, such as the Apache and Navajo removals by the U.S. Army to Bosque Redondo reservation, where many died en route, or from malnutrition and starvation.

As Pueblo historian Joe Sando wrote, “despite their tribulations, the Pueblos were fortunate that it was the Spanish who colonized this area, because the Pueblos were granted citizenship and rights to their lands and were included in the Guadalupe Treaty. The Pueblos are still living where the Spanish found them.” Thus, it was indeed a sad day in Santa Fe when the Entrada was “retired.” Pueblo, Santa Fe city and church leaders also should show courage in this regard and all push for retirement of Pueblo Revolt celebrations.

Elmer Maestas

Santa Fe

Listen to women

Senate Republicans would nominate Jack the Ripper for Supreme Court if the thought he would do their bidding. This Brett Kavanaugh situation is disgusting. It’s time to demand our senators work for the “common good” not for their personal gain. Vote out those who know everything and don’t listen to women.

Joan Krohn

Las Vegas, N.M.

Kids need leaders

More natural gas is wasted on public lands in New Mexico than in any other state in the nation – as a children’s advocate, that means something to me because New Mexico’s students are missing out on more funding from lost taxpayer-owned energy than kids in almost any other state (“Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on U.S. lands,” Sept. 18).

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to gut the Bureau of Land Management methane waste rule means our state will lose out on millions of dollars in royalty revenue that is desperately needed to fund our schools. It makes no sense to waste our resources and tax dollars, especially when it puts our kids’ education on the line. New Mexico’s kids need leaders who will stand up to waste and defend their right to a good education.

James Jimenez

executive director

New Mexico Voices for Children

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