A legacy of human achievement — worth another look
It has been 50 years since Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders took that remarkable photograph of the blue Earth rising above the lunar surface (“First flight to moon marks 50th anniversary,” Dec. 24). “We came to explore the moon and what we discovered was the Earth,” he said. It could also be said that the environmental movement gained momentum when people could visualize the earth from that perspective. Experience that moment in this video which NASA has released for the anniversary: apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap181223.html. It comes with a soundtrack, too, so turn on your speakers for an uplifting moment. We can use that these days, and it’s never been more urgent to protect this beautiful planet, our only home.
Broadband for all
Three years ago my husband and I purchased a home just outside of Santa Fe. We love it here, but we are appalled at how difficult it is to get basic broadband service in our new area — a 20-minute drive from downtown Santa Fe.
We and some of our neighbors pay hundreds of dollars each month for satellite service because it is the only available broadband.
We are paying these costs because we have no choice — my husband cannot opt out of videoconferencing with colleagues, and my kids need the internet for schoolwork.
Attitudes like CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Simon Brackley’s — that the internet is less needed by rural people — is not based on fact, and reflects the ignorant and self-serving attitudes of corporations (“Census: N.M. struggling for a good connection,” Dec. 25).
Surely our legislators can accomplish something so simple and necessary as broadband for all. Affordable broadband in 2019 must be viewed not as a luxury, but as an essential service critical to education and economic growth.
I applaud Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., for supporting a program that provides WiFi on school buses in rural areas. But that seems to me cold comfort for kids who lack a reliable internet connection at home.
Devils in New Mexico
On a recent morning on San Antonio Street, on what many years ago would have been the dawn of the first of two days of Las Posadas, I find myself recalling with so much gratitude the related people and events of this time of year — too many for this letter — which I came to recognize in later years as an incredibly collaborative event between parish, neighborhood and local groups and truly a unique formative holiday experience.
It is fitting to extend a thank you for Steve Terrell’s article (“Devils will be returning to Las Posadas,” Nov. 30); likewise, to the New Mexico History Museum for its decision to restore the devil role in Las Posadas, and your inclusion of my late father, Darrel Dawson’s, opinion on it.
He would have loved to read this, as in the years of his decline this was a subject for which he held a passion.
He and I worked together on an opinion piece referenced in the article (“Yes, there were devils in New Mexico,” My View, Jan. 14).
On his behalf and in his memory, I feel honored.
In these days of negativity, Milan Simonich’s column about Jackie White, the nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (“Troubled life turns rich and full,” Ringside Seat, Dec. 21), was a much-needed and encouraging breath of fresh air.
Many thanks. I wanted to also add my support for the media as essential to our democracy and freedom.