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DA Serna and team appear incompetent

September 19, 2018

ustice for all? Well, not for some if you are being prosecuted by the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office (“We didn’t get justice,” Aug. 9). The appalling action dismissing the case of alleged (confessed murderer) Robert Mondrian-Powell because his rights to a speedy trail were violated falls directly on the District Attorney’s Office.

In a June article in The New Mexican (“One year in, DA Serna touts office changes,” June 24), District Attorney Marco Serna touts his team-building skills as well as his office’s penchant for cutting plea deals, especially to white-collar criminals. Sometimes in sports, if a team is doing badly, the manager or coach gets fired even if it is not his or her fault. Other times it is justified. Too bad the district attorney is an elected position.

Paul Elsey

Santa Fe

Keeping it real

A hurricane in a teapot. I’m referring to the “bread-and-circus” U.S. Open tennis final that had tennis greats like Billie Jean King crowing “sexism … abuse of power.” I watched the match. As usual, it is a show. But to Naomi Osaka, it also was worth almost $4 million and to Serena Williams, almost $2 million. Incentive for good behavior? It’s purely entertainment, and to suggest that there is a direct connection between Serena Williams’ high school rant and worldwide oppression of women is absurd.

Yes, point out every single instance of inequity, but use context. Just ask tennis great John McEnroe or Jeff Tarango, male players whose ridiculous behaviors resulted in match, not game, penalties. Let’s keep it real folks.

Brian O’Keefe

Santa Fe

Our town

The Santa Fe New Mexican’s opinion page had a couple of letters recently requiring comments. One was Richard Polese’s excellent article on Don Diego de Vargas and the surrounding controversial issues (“De Vargas brought a better Spanish presence,” Aug. 26). Polese makes historically correct points. Many New Mexicans who are newcomers have biased views based on lack of knowledge of history of our state and seem prone to make hasty responses to issues of which they have little knowledge. The second item was the letter (“Complex and painful,” Aug. 26) by Randy Barron, who exemplifies the above comment with his reference to the “theft” of the Native American land by the Spanish. He should learn about the land the English, and later the Americans, took from the Native Americans. The Eastern seaboard was home to thousands of Native Americans. Today, except for isolated places, there is little indication of their presence.

George C’ de Baca

Santa Fe

Trashy state

My wife and I met and married in Albuquerque in 1986, although I’d already been in New Mexico since 1972 and had adopted bicycling as my primary form of transportation. During our residency, we’ve taken up volunteer jobs with the New Mexico animal rescue service, the food bank and the Habitat for Humanity ReStores, as well as others.

Currently, my wife, our dog and I live in Santa Fe on a cul-de-sac just south of the Santa Fe Country Club off Jaguar Drive. What bothers me is the high prevalence of litter along our streets, roads and trails. In our car and on my bike, we carry bags for debris disposal and use them. Most folks don’t. Recently, I filled the shopping bag carrier attached to the rear rack of my bike with roadside trash twice along Paseo del Sol and Herrera Drive during errands, emptying it in trash cans along the way. This is a sad state of affairs in our beautiful cities and state.

Terry Nobbe

Santa Fe

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