City or state — the roads need repair
I have reported many potholes to the Constituent Services hotline, 505-955-6949. When I mentioned a particularly bad section of road; i.e., Paseo de Peralta from Old Taos Highway to St. Francis Drive, I was informed Cerrillos Road, St. Francis Drive and others are considered highways, so they are under the jurisdiction of the state, not the city. Why, then, is the state seemingly making no effort to fix these roads? City or state, something must be done — now. These road conditions are not just about potholes — they are so worn out and torn up it is impossible to find a smooth place to drive. Please show some respect to the drivers whose tax dollars go toward your repairing the roads — and for our Santa Fe.
The film, 1948: Creation and Catastrophe, was shown at the Center for Contemporary Arts recently. The film depicts events surrounding the formation of the state of Israel. In a time of war, when terrible things happen to both soldiers and civilians, the film focuses in emotion-gripping detail on bad things that affected only Arabs of the region. It highlights personal suffering only of Arabs, hundreds of thousands of whom fled or were expelled. Suggesting that they should be allowed to return to the homes of their grandparents, the film never mentions persecution of the 600,000 Jews, 125,000 from Iraq alone, who were forced from their ancestral homelands throughout Arab North Africa and the Middle East, whose property was confiscated and who arrived penniless in the new Jewish state.
When people come to see themselves as victims, that all but guarantees they will do nothing to better themselves. The Jewish refugees went to work. Many Arab refugees and their descendants are still waiting in refugee camps. History cannot be unwritten. Those who seek justice in the Middle East and elsewhere should realize that it is achieved through initiative, and build for themselves better lives.
Words and actions
In response to Tencha Avila’s letter to the editor (“Not yet human,” May 24): One of my high school English teachers insisted that we learn that a noun is not a person, place or thing. A noun is a word. The words “blastocyst,” “embryo” and “fetus” are just that. They are words that represent distinctions without any difference to the vast majority of us who are not perinatologists. Each of us quickly grew through these stages of human development.
Words that are used to disparage should be a huge red flag to anyone who hears them. Remembering past holocausts is appropriate but does not seem to be effective in preventing them. It is more important to teach our youth that words more than anything else are the fuel that creates and sustains holocausts. When it come to abortion, I like the saying from my mother’s generation: “There is no such thing as being a little bit pregnant.”
Kudos to Rep. Luján
John S. Gordon (“Maggie’s the one,” Letters to the Editor, May 16) claims “House Resolution 246 … seeks to intimidate and criminalize the free-speech rights of American citizens. …” One wonders, did Gordon read the resolution? It states that the U.S. House opposes the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as being anti-peace, anti-Semitic and bad U.S. foreign policy. It has no limitation on free speech and no criminal penalties.
Gordon may engage in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activities without fear of being sanctioned or arrested. But if Gordon does support BDS, then he would need some self-honesty, as he’d be putting himself in bed with warmongering anti-Semites who oppose the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East. I thought Santa Feans were for peace.
Does Senate candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver take a pro-BDS stand? I don’t know. Given Gordon’s misreading of H.R. 246, I wouldn’t trust his word of her views on this complicated issue. Kudos to Rep. Ben Ray Luján for supporting our ally, Israel, and taking the right stand.
Halley S. Faust
Santa Fe Middle East Watch
Donald Trump claims to be the most transparent president in history. For once, we agree. If you look, you can see right through him.