Inform yourself about candidates and their records

September 16, 2018

I recently received a telephone call from a political polling company and agreed to participate in the poll. Many of the questions were about a specific candidate, a member of the New Mexico Legislature.

The caller prefaced questions with “many people say this” about the sitting legislator, along the lines of “he’s a tax-and-spend politician” or “he’s a big government supporter.” I am a former legislative staff attorney. The caller’s characterizations of the sitting legislator sounded like stock campaign slogans and did not comport with what I had observed or knew about the legislator in question. Instead of letting political campaign ads and telephone calls influence you about a sitting or former legislator, inform yourself by going to New Mexico’s legislative website: www.nmlegis.gov. This website is easy to navigate and allows you to search by legislator, by legislative session and by topic.

Before you cast your vote in the midterm elections, I urge you to make use of New Mexico’s legislative website to learn about the record of any current or former legislator who is running for office.

Shawn Mathis


A heartfelt salute

I would like to say that the superb outcome of the Zozobra burning was an example of masterful orchestration by event organizer Ray Sandoval and his outstanding Kiwanis Club team (“At Zozobra, a perfect storm rains down,” Our View, Sept. 5). The conduct of the ceremony at the perfect interval between two large thunderstorms was nothing short of brilliant.

When I realize how many thousands of people showed up with backpacks, I can understand the magnitude of the effort to perform a thorough security check on each one. Unfortunately, security checks are critical to the safety of all the people at the Zozobra event, and one can only remember the massacre at the Boston Marathon to understand why. I am thankful to Kiwanis members for their unwavering commitment to safety in this regard.

Still, it is unfortunate that some people had to be turned away, both because the event was moved up and security checks could not be conducted in the condensed time period. I am confident that people will put aside their temporary discomfort and join me and other Zozobra participants in a heartfelt salute to Sandoval and his team.

Denis Hallman

Santa Fe

Hands off

If former Santa Fe County Probate Judge Mark Basham thinks that “touching” someone instead of “grabbing” someone is somehow different or better, he is sorely mistaken (“Waitress sues ex-judge, claims ‘offensive sexual overture,’ ” Sept. 12). Lighthearted, flirty banter is not an open invitation to physical contact. Would Basham have liked it if Oceana Mendoza had reached out and touched his privates as he left the restaurant? Not grabbing, you understand. Of course not. In front of other customers, that would be inappropriate, disrespectful and embarrassing.

Don’t touch women suggestively in public. Don’t touch women without permission. Don’t touch women in public places because you think they won’t react. Hands off. It is not a strange or difficult concept.

Cathlynn Groh

Santa Fe

Here and now

Once again, the rapacious GOP headed by Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs are turning their backs on the people and environment of New Mexico, or working actively to cause harm to the people and land of northwestern New Mexico, all in the name of big business profits.

Doubling the number of wells and gutting methane rules to allow basically unchecked pollution into an atmosphere that already is classified as a methane hot spot the size of the state of Delaware is amoral and should be unthinkable to anyone with the least common sense.

Stand up, New Mexico. Protest this environmental disaster that is not somewhere far away or in the remote future. It is here and now, and we must stop this GOP-led destruction of our land and peoples.

Deborah Dennard

Santa Fe

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