Outgoing governor’s parting actions a big disappointment
Gov. Susana Martinez, unable to cripple an incoming Democratic administration á la Wisconsin and Michigan due to the lack of a compliant Republican Legislature, still managed to seriously hamper Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham’s efforts to enact progressive reforms.
Her executive order requiring impact analyses for any new regulations proposed by state agencies will slow efforts to preserve our precious environment and prevent the globally destructive effects of climate change to a crawl. Public education, safety, health and our judicial system also could suffer.
Our soon-to-be-unlamented departing governor obviously still has political ambitions, since she is now sucking up to the Koch brothers — who bought her the governorship — and the uber-right American Legislative Exchange Council after accidentally doing a few positive things for New Mexico citizens. Susana Martinez has given all of us a giant finger as her parting shot.
Adele E. Zimmermann
Anarchy on highways
New Mexico needs a highway patrol. It needs to be a separate entity from the state police, with its sole function in patrolling our extensive highway system.
The current arrangement of having the state police patrolling the highway system when not called upon for more urgent duties is not working. We have knuckleheads driving up and down Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 daily with speeds in excess of 90 mph, without any interdiction. The trucking industry relies on the major freeways for its commerce, not always in good accord. And we have the never-ending issue of people driving under the influence, which has marred the state as a whole.
Our state has grown forward in many ways, but we need to provide enforcement of our highways that match the need. Anarchy on our highways is not an acceptable status quo. With the state police hard-pressed on other important issues, it is time to form a New Mexico Highway Patrol.
The overturned truck outside the new hospital on Beckner Road highlights how roundabouts are more trouble than they’re worth (“Santa Fe police say tipsy trucker tipped tanker,” Dec. 14). This is especially true on Beckner, whose roundabouts are combined with confusing signs (bad signage being a chronic problem all around Santa Fe). Roundabouts, speed tables, “bulb-outs” and other over-engineered traffic-calming installations also make it more difficult for bicyclists to “share the road” with motor vehicles. If the city wants calmer traffic, just install all-way stop signs, which are much cheaper and safer.