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Lock your doors; check the back seat

April 17, 2019

Last week I was parked in front of the state Capitol in my silver Honda Accord. It was raining and snowing around noon. I saw a man and woman running from the Capitol, and they jumped into my back seat.

“I don’t know who you are,” I said. The man said, “I thought you were our Uber driver; they said a grey Honda Accord.” All of a sudden, a dark gray Honda Accord pulled up. They apologized and jumped into the other Honda and waved at me as they drove off. What an eye-opener that was! My car automatically locks when I am in it. My friends always tease me that I lock them in my car and they can’t get out. On that day, I had no idea that two people would jump into my back seat in the short time that I had my car unlocked.

Doris Vigil McBride

Santa Fe

Not on our Plaza

I read with interest the article about scooters for Santa Fe (“Brakes tapped on electric scooters,” April 10). We have done some traveling over the last few months and seen and dodged them in Austin, Texas, and Budapest. They look like fun and a good way to travel in tourist places and cities. I have seen mostly young people using them. In Austin, it looked very dangerous as scooter drivers tried passing each other. Anyway, keep them out of the Plaza area.

Edward T. Stein

Santa Fe

No nesting here

Referring to “No scooters, please” (Letters to the Editor, April 14), I agree with Jim Hancock. I have recently seen these scooters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They speed up and down streets but are mostly seen left in the middle of sidewalks where people swerve to step around them. In most cases, they are lying on their sides, blown over by wind, kicked over by annoyed pedestrians or simply thrown down by users. Many sit at the entrances to stores, blocking sidewalks while users are inside. Can you imagine these obstacles lying or sitting on our narrow sidewalks (on San Francisco Street between Don Gaspar Avenue and Galisteo Street, for example)? In the busy summer visitor season, there hardly is enough space for walkers. Also, imagine these scooters lying in our narrow streets, blocking already congested traffic.

Lynn Clark

Santa Fe

Unless and until

Unless and until John Block grows a uterus, he should stop trying to legislate ours (“We’ll fight to protect innocent humans,” My View, April 14). Our bodies, our decision.

Cathlynn Groh

Santa Fe

Dividing the country

The New Mexican prints only facts about this character President Donald Trump in the White House. The people who don’t like the truth should listen to him closely and with an open mind and realize he’s very unstable. The money he has and the Republicans after his money are what keep him in the White House. What he is doing is dividing this country — to the point where it will be like the 1860s.

Joe E. Gurule

Santa Fe

Opening up for migrants

As a sanctuary city, we need to open our arms to the migrant families looking to improve their lives. We should start taking in 300 people a day to start. This would only be 100,000 migrants in one year. We have plenty of volunteers, churches and empty buildings to house the migrants. No doubt we have unlimited medical and financial services, as well. Screening the migrants would be racist and is clearly not needed as these are only healthy, law-abiding families of mostly women and children.

As a sanctuary city, it is our duty to provide for all the migrants who want to live in and around Santa Fe. Time for us to open our city to any and all migrants from anywhere and anyplace. Those who talk about limits or crisis are just Donald Trump fans and need to be ignored. Mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque set the example when he said he would open up his home to migrants.

Mark Coble

Santa Fe