More signs on biking and hiking trails, please
Santa Fe has a wonderful hiking and biking trail, the Santa Fe Rail Trail, running south from the Railyard and continuing on through Arroyo Hondo and El Dorado, until it meets Highway 285 near Lamy. It is paved from downtown to Rabbit Road, where it becomes hardpack gravel. The city, county, state and feds have spent millions creating and maintaining it. Sadly, I have seen but a total of three signs to guide people along its 17 miles. Most critically, there are no signs guiding cyclists or hikers across the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road, along Pen Road, along Alta Vista Street, yet seemingly unnamed, on which the New Mexico Rail Runner’s South Capital Station sits. When I asked a city engineer responsible for the trail about this, he said, “Signage is complicated.” Really?
Locally, we have had three reported sexual assaults on women in or near our Railyard Park in just as many months this summer (“Another assault reported at Railyard Park,” Sept. 29). Statewide and nationally, we heard sexual assault and harassment statements from women throughout the year. In a recent political rally Donald Trump convinced his national supporters that white young men should be very afraid because women will falsely accuse them of sexual assault. There are many ways to unravel this misogyny, but for someone who has lived through our modern politics, women remain second-class citizens or worse.
Donald Trump and his new white male anxiety tale confirm what women have known for centuries: Keep your head down and mouth shut. The 21st century commands a new way, another look at politics and norms, and many more women’s voices to attain our equal role with men as first-class citizens.
It is a sad day for this country when the way for a man to secure a public office is to be belligerent and belittling to women. Whether your name is Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, or Gavin Clarkson, former deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and GOP candidate for secretary of state (“Role in loan questioned,” Oct. 8), such displays are disgraceful and reveal a deficiency of character unbecoming in a public servant.