Stop the time change — but keep Mountain time year-round
The 2019 New Mexico Legislature is back in session and, like clockwork, state Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, has introduced another bill, Senate Bill 226, to promote year-round daylight saving time. The twice-a-year time change is disruptive to many of us, and eliminating this change may be beneficial. Although an extra hour of afternoon daylight sounds attractive, it comes with an extra hour of darkness in the morning all winter long.
Geographically, New Mexico is a Western state. Permanent daylight saving time puts New Mexico in Central Time Zone for over four months. We should change to permanent Mountain Standard Time, not daylight saving time. House Bill 73, introduced by state Rep. Roberto Gonzales, D-Taos, would eliminate the twice yearly time change in favor of Mountain Standard Time, not daylight saving time. Summer days are long enough without daylight saving time. Please tell your New Mexico state representatives to vote for HB 73 and against SB 226.
Rosemond is unreliable
As a relative newcomer to Santa Fe, I have enjoyed reading the Santa Fe New Mexican as a way of becoming informed about local issues. However, I am appalled to read the weekly column in your Sunday edition by family psychologist John Rosemond (“Old ways of teaching trump new ones,” Living With Children, Feb. 10). A recent column concerning public education spouts unsubstantiated opinions and appeals to emotion rather than reason. It was particularly disturbing to me, since it touches on issues in my own field of experience and expertise.
Rosemond makes several claims backed only by personal anecdotes (“I came to first grade not knowing my ABCs.”) or are unsubstantiated by evidence (“Catholic schools have the best record when it comes to student achievement …”). Seriously? His disregard for social science research, objective evidence or well-reasoned arguments make him an unreliable source and unworthy of consideration by citizens or policymakers. Your newspaper does a disservice to its readers by giving him a forum for his simplistic and poorly reasoned beliefs.
Nancy Tumposky, Ed.D.
Request from Pa. student
I am in fifth grade at Greenville Elementary School in Greenville, Pa. I have chosen New Mexico for a class project, and look forward to learning more about your state. I could use anything you send me, such as maps, information on wildlife, industry and interesting places to visit — anything that might be useful to me in my report. You can learn more about our class by going to: http://jabernethy.com. Thank you from Pennsylvania.
Please send information to: Jaylan Torres, c/o Mrs. Abernethy’s class, Greenville Elementary, 60 Fredonia Road, Greenville, PA 16125.
Marines, not Trumpians
To those preparing a snarky, contemptuous comment to direct toward someone wearing a red baseball cap, be advised that the letters on the front of the cap may not be MAGA but rather USMC.
21 and over
JUUL’s mission is to improve the lives of the world’s 1 billion adult smokers by eliminating cigarettes, because smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death. In New Mexico, 2,600 adults die from smoking-related illnesses annually, which is why we believe it is critical adult smokers have access to a true alternative to combustible cigarettes.
The fact it has taken off with youth is appalling to us (“E-cigarettes are addicting teens to nicotine,” My View, Feb. 10). Many of us at JUUL Labs are parents and know that strong action is required. We implemented an aggressive action plan in November, overhauling our business with renewed focus on limiting youth access, appeal and use of JUUL products.
We strongly support raising the purchasing age for tobacco products, including vapor products, to 21 in New Mexico. Backing Tobacco 21 legislation is vital, as we believe it will take the industry and lawmakers working together to solve this urgent problem.
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