Sending comfort, blessings and thanks
We can’t truly know Tommy Williamson’s reasons for lying down on a sidewalk outside Santa Fe’s downtown Starbucks night after cold night, but reporter Daniel J. Chacón did a fine job showing us that Tommy was once tethered to a family and a complicated life history (“Finding Tommy,” March 3). Many homeless people will say that they choose to live without a roof or work structure, but behind those comments are lives gone awry due to mental illness, addictions, harrowing childhoods and plain bad luck. We can’t convince every person to go into a shelter, but we can all do better at seeing everyone who lives among us by offering small, but meaningful daily assists — a few bucks, a bag of groceries, a coffee shop gift certificate, a bag of treats for the dogs a lot of homeless people rely on for companionship. Thanks to the Williamson family for helping The New Mexican tell this story.
Traps and snares are a threat to public land users, their dogs and wildlife, including endangered Mexican wolves, who are caught, maimed and killed by these indiscriminate devices. Steel jaw traps have been banned in over 100 countries and our neighboring states of Arizona and Colorado because of their indiscriminate nature and extreme cruelty. With House Bill 366, “Roxy’s Law,” the New Mexico Legislature has the power to fix this problem.
Ninety-nine and nine-tenths percent of New Mexicans do not trap, and 70 percent of New Mexicans oppose trapping on public lands. Public lands should be safe for everyone to explore and enjoy without the risk of a lethal encounter. It is clear that trapping is incompatible with public safety and that the destruction will not stop until traps are removed from public lands. In light of the ongoing and escalating conflicts, removing traps from public lands is long overdue.
I recall, when I was child, the televised temper tantrum Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev had when he didn’t get his way with President John F. Kennedy. He was yelling and banging his shoe on the conference table. Donald Trump’s fictitious “emergency” temper tantrum is equally immature. Seems Baby Donny doesn’t want to be beaten up in his TV school yard by Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Trump continues to lie; now he’s reverted to stealing from us. Numerous people jump the White House fence and are apprehended by sensor technology. The White House’s “big, beautiful wall” didn’t stop them.
Immigrants are hardworking family people, coming to the land of opportunity for jobs, like my grandparents and yours, to live better lives. The real national emergency is foreign election intervention, our opioid crisis, nonexistent gun show laws and our pathological liar president with zero control of our national debt. Bypassing Congress to steal $8 billion (which is only 20 percent of what the wall would cost) is illegal. Tantrums never ruled America; the Constitution does.
Time is now
Extreme weather events have been giving us just a taste of things to come with regard to climate change, from the 120-degree heatwave in Australia to minus-70-degree cold spells sweeping through the Midwest in the polar vortex. Over the past decade, hurricanes of unprecedented power and unnerving frequency have left a swath of suffering in their wake. The polar ice is retreating, and seas are rising. Climate change is beginning to be felt.
If we want our children to grow up to share our beautiful Earth as we have known it, we have to become part of the solution, and to stop being such a shameful weight on the rest of the world. The Green New Deal gives America such an opportunity, and at the same time will recharge the American workforce and economy with a sustainable future. Its time is now.
Dr. Bette Korber
Parents who leave their children unchaperoned in churches should bear some responsibility for the ongoing molestation situation. If children were molested at Disneyland as often as they are at church, the theme park would be closed down.
Valuable or not
F. Harlan Flint’s letter to the editor about Public Service Company of New Mexico’s lack of response to the sudden doubling of electric bills is appropriate (“Better answers, Feb. 25). We, too, know many others in this fix. When you call Public Service Company of New Mexico, you’re told your call is “valuable to us.” Then after a long hold with this recording, you’re told if you leave a number, they will call you back. Nobody calls back. PNM is hiding behind telephone trees. They need to staff up and talk to customers.