‘Boundless energy and a hunger to serve’

December 6, 2018

As the nation and the world mourns the passing of President George H.W. Bush, I realize that we also mourn the final passing of the formerly great Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln. Bush was the last of the Republican Party as we knew it, representing the best of America, Democrat or Republican, with his great love, humility, wisdom, humor and candor. Most importantly, he exemplified our core American values of honor, service, duty and civility. As a liberal Democrat, I disagreed with him many times, but not as often as I agreed, and I always respected him. I was proud that he represented my country, and fought for the principles we hold dear. He knew that America always has been great, still is, and that his job was to protect and cherish it. Vaya con Dios, Poppy Bush.

Bill Gould

Santa Fe

Compassion is casualty

The New Mexican article about children’s interment camps at Tornillo, Texas, didn’t mention that we pay $775 per day per child, $45,725 for the average stay of 59 days, to “faith-based” organization BCFS Health and Human Services (“Anguished migrant teens pack growing Texas camp,” Nov. 28).

Maybe Jesus told them they could make a fortune running prisons for kids who are fleeing violence and hunger.

At that price, the children could be storing their belongings in sleek maple cabinets instead of plastic bins under bunk beds. They could be educated by private tutors. Getting to the border from Central America proves they are resourceful.

Imagine what they could do with quality educations.

We’d save money letting them stay with family members already in the U.S., but this manufactured crisis is largely about enriching private prison corporations and ramping up the emotions of xenophobic Trump supporters.

Cost is irrelevant; compassion is the casualty.

Shel Neymark


Never too old

For years now, the powers that be have been chipping away at hours of operation of the city pools predominantly due to a shortage of lifeguards (“Two city pools shorten hours for winter,” Dec. 1).

The most recent disappointment was the plan to close the pool at the Salvador Perez Recreation Complex on Sundays and Saturdays. Luckily, due to fierce public outcry, the pool will stay open Sundays, but it closes at 3 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for retired folks to make extra income.

I personally know at least five such individuals who are regular lap swimmers and were lifeguards in their teen years or on their high school swim teams.

I urge you to consider getting your certification and helping out, even if it is part time. Classes can be found at Santa Fe Community College, Los Alamos County Aquatic Center and through the city of Santa Fe.

Hoping to see some older folks in the chair.

Holly Callin

certified lifeguard

and senior citizen

Santa Fe

Perfectly pitched

When was the last time you spent an evening in the theater and felt utterly charmed by what was happening on the stage?

Well, you are in for such a delightful evening at the Santa Fe Playhouse with the production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Better hurry because tickets will go quickly. It runs through Dec. 16.

Director Barbara Hatch and her fine ensemble cast have mined Oscar Wilde’s razor-sharp wit and wickedly delicious take on the manners of the period and brought the play to a perfect pitch, aided by a splendid scenic design and gorgeous costumes.

A note — during the intermission, don’t miss the changing of the scenery from an elegant London townhouse in the first act to a sumptuous country home and garden in the second act.

Barbara Burnett

Santa Fe

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