Consumers pay the costs of tariffs
Our president institutes tariffs against America’s trading partners (“U.S.-China talks end without agreement,” May 11) — which we all know is a sneaky federal sales tax (of 25 percent on some consumer goods). Then he asks Congress to support the industries hurt by the tariffs financially — which we all know is more socialist than free-market capitalism. We, the citizens, do not get health care, better roads, national security or improved education from this increased taxation and socialism. What do we get? At best, a bragging rant about winning. At worst, an economy in tatters. So, remind me, why?
After the ‘Doll House’
For those of you who wondered what happened to Nora Helmer after she stormed out of her home, leaving a husband and three children, in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, have only to drop into New Mexico Actors Lab’s spirited production of A Doll’s House Part 2, running at Teatro Paraguas through May 26. Robert Benedetti has again skillfully directed a fine ensemble cast, led by a feisty Leslie Dillen as Nora. We are truly fortunate to have such first-rate and dedicated theater artists in Santa Fe.
I attended NDI New Mexico’s 25th anniversary program for the second time this year. I have three grandchildren in the program — two of them for the first time and one who has been a part of NDI for four years. Every year I walk away with a huge grin on my face and total admiration for all the teachers who put together an amazing program.
The performance has 500 children participating every year. The yearlong program does not cost parents a penny. Children from all over Santa Fe, as well as other parts of New Mexico, have an opportunity to experience the thrill of dance and teamwork. If you missed this wonderful production this year, please put it on your calendar for next year. You will feel happy, astonished and uplifted. Thank you, NDI, for all you do for our children.
Officers kept us safe
During a recent busy five days, Temple Beth Shalom hosted three events that attracted more than 500 people, featuring a Canadian Supreme Court justice, an opera in memory of our late Rabbi Emeritus Ben Morrow and an American-Israeli vocal group celebrating the anniversary of Israel’s independence. Our deepest thanks to the officers of the Santa Fe Police Department, who served above and beyond the call of duty in keeping our congregants and our visitors safe.
vice president of programs and membership
Temple Beth Shalom
Maggie’s the one
Thanks to Milan Simonich for pointing out the shameless hypocrisy of Rep. Ben Ray Luján (“Please, just the facts, Ben Ray,” Ringside Seat, May 10), whose record of mediocrity in Congress makes him wholly unqualified to fill Tom Udall’s distinguished seat in the U.S. Senate. Luján is the only Democratic member of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to co-sponsor House Resolution 246, an extraordinary, unconstitutional bit of right-wing mischief that seeks to intimidate and criminalize the free-speech rights of American citizens who dare to question the policies of Israel’s current extremist government.
Fortunately, New Mexicans have the opportunity to send Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to the U.S. Senate — a candidate with the integrity, vitality and judgment to carry on Udall’s commitment to thoughtful, respectful national governance and honorable leadership in the community of nations.
John S. Gordon