Grateful for the caring hands and hearts
It’s lovely that you are running the 10 Who Made a Difference series of profiles again. In these divisive times, it serves a much-needed reminder that we can all be so much more than rancorous beings who shout our differences from the rooftops. It also serves as a guiding light for how we collectively may begin to heal and grow closer as a community — simply going out there and making ourselves useful to someone in need.
In the spirit of highlighting the efforts of volunteers in the community, who do the crucially important work of helping others in need, I would like to recognize and give heartfelt thanks to the hardworking and dedicated volunteers at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society. They collectively donate thousands of hours of their time each year to care for the abandoned and abused animals of our community — with passion, skill and dedication, and with deep love for the four-legged creatures that live among us and need our help and caring.
The Trump administration has rolled out a proposal to undermine the regulations of the Endangered Species Act. The proposal would reverse a long-standing rule prohibiting the consideration of economic impacts when deciding whether to list a species as endangered or threatened, eliminate key protections for threatened species, weaken bedrock consultation requirements and much more.
Not surprisingly, this effort fits perfectly with the administration’s willingness to waive dozens of environmental laws in order to construct its ecologically disastrous wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which would further threaten some of the same species that depend on protections under the act.
The signal being sent by the Trump administration is clear — protecting America’s wildlife and wildlands is simply not on the agenda. It should be. Get involved by supporting groups like Defenders of Wildlife or Santa Fe’s own WildEarth Guardians and resist Donald Trump’s foolish agendas.
I read with sadness the obituary for Herman Morris (“Using his pen, Herman I. Morris made us think,” Our View, Nov. 23). For those of us commonly trying to put our 2 cents in via Letters to the Editor at The New Mexican and the New York Times, occasionally succeeding, we begin to recognize names familiar to us from those submissions.
Particularly poignant and timely was Morris’ favorite expression: “It’s OK to live like a rich man, but always vote like a poor man.” Important advice in these times of heartlessness and cruelty by so many in our government and country at large.
What Dems want
I’m a Democrat. I don’t want open borders. I’m not soft on crime. I don’t want the middle class to pay more taxes. I want families to stay together. And commonsense gun reform. And the rich to pay their share. And health care, education, jobs and equality for all. That’s what Dems want.
James McCarty Yeager
Whether there is any reliable test concerning the theory of a “violence gene,” the preposterous use of the term “warrior gene” to describe the alleged condition is certainly a misnomer (“ ‘Warrior gene’ appeal to be heard by state Supreme Court,” Nov. 24). “Warrior gene” sounds almost heroic; something to be desired, something positive. “Violence gene” is a far more accurate description of the theory’s proposal. Using the very words “warrior gene” in any court proceedings puts a positive spin on a negative proposition. Its very name is prejudicial.