Riding on roads is a privilege — and responsibility

December 3, 2018

If your view is that the bike riders have the same rights as cars do on the road, that is great (“Move over and make room for bicyclists,” Our View, Nov. 20). Rights of the road come with a cost. All bikes should be registered with the state of New Mexico and must carry insurance just like the cars that use the same road. All stop signs and stop lights must be obeyed the same; going the wrong way on a one-way street should be against the law just like the car with which they share the road.

The New Mexican states that drivers of cars think they own the road; the same goes for cyclists. Furthermore, the paper states that the law allows a cyclist to remain in front of a car no matter how impatient the driver is; this makes for road rage. I have had many close encounters with cyclists. Most of the time, it is because they do not share the road with respect. Being on the road is a privilege for all, let’s not forget.

Gene Atkinson

Santa Fe

Peccary sighting

A peccary chose Tuesday morning to visit our yard on Camino del Monte Sol. What a thrill!

Adrienne Digneo and Terry Knickerbocker

Santa Fe

The Anthropocene Age

This age has been named the Anthropocene

By the scientific community

In order to underscore the impact

Of human excess on a planet of

Limited resources consumed as though

No consequences would devolve from such

Anthropocentric arrogance. Implied

Therein in that an abyss stands between

That illusion and the reality

Of climate disruption founded on fact.

Humanity moves as if hand-in-glove

With destruction toward that which time will show

To be unimpressed by the human touch

In this age that speaks of anthropocide.

Frank Torres


Land’s end

Everything that we hold dear begins and ends with the land. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission ignores this truth in its determination to further despoil our environment by doubling well density in New Mexico (“State panel greenlights doubled well density,” Nov. 21). Fossil fuel extraction drives climate change; fouls groundwater; creates air, noise and light pollution; disrupts animal habitat; promotes earthquakes and drought; and devalues nearby communities.

Drilling companies show disregard for sacred Native sites. There is a documented connection between extreme extraction and sexual violence against Native American women. The Bureau of Land Management purportedly lacks the resources to regulate the existing boom; nevertheless, Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. claims that double drilling is not a public issue.

Our dedicated lawmakers and valiant environmental lawyers can only do so much without our committed participation. Our choice is to show up to protect the land we love or let it fall to the lowest bidder. It’s time to get involved.

Nodiah Brent

Santa Fe


John F. Andrew’s delightful praise for Pasatiempo (“Exemplary journalism,” Letters to the Editor, Nov. 21), should have mentioned staff writer Jennifer Levin. Her insightful, often humorous, always historically smart writing is a big part of Pasatiempo’s well-earned success.

Sterling Grogan

Santa Fe

Too confusing

Reading last Saturday morning’s newspaper, it stated that it was Small Business Saturday (“Perks aim to boost downtown,” Nov. 24). On that day, small businesses downtown were given a sales tax holiday in accordance with the Legislature. My wife and I visited one store on the Plaza and two on Water Street. All three charged sales tax even after I confirmed they had less than 10 employees, making them eligible to waive it. Disappointed!

Thomas Orred

San Diego

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