Replacement for Rep. Luján not a done deal

April 8, 2019

According to The New Mexican (“Seat Luján is vacating already drawing interest,” April 2), District Attorney Marco Serna is “poised to enter the race” to replace U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. He already has traded on his family roots to get the district attorney position, at which he has been a distinct disappointment. Those of us waiting for justice for victimized friends and family wait in vain.

Being a failure at the current job is not a qualification for moving up the ladder. Please think twice before offering encouragement, money, time, effort or your good name to someone who already has shown he is not up to the task.

Valerie Frost

Santa Fe

Memories of AIDS

April 1 was my best friend’s birthday. We met in 1966 at the start of our freshman year of college. I was an anxious child of 18, away from home for the first time. He was a wisp-’o-the-will, finding laughter and amusement in every situation.

At the end of freshmen year, I met the man who would become my husband. My best friend, upon graduation, came “out of the closet.” Our lives diverged but we kept in touch. He met and played with my two young children.

My best friend died of AIDS in the late 1970s. I am crying now in 2019 as I write this about him. He, like so many other young, gay men, appreciated art, friendship, love and beauty. They were treated despicably. Let’s not forget the men on the front lines of AIDS. Their laughter, their friendship, their talent.

Joan Less

Santa Fe

Simple action

I am grateful to the many people who already pick up litter. But if everyone who hates litter picked up one piece of litter a day, there would be no more litter problem. Litter would disappear. People would see each other and would be reminded and encouraged to pick up litter. They would find it so rewarding, many would pick up more than one piece.

It would be a topic of conversation at parties and at the dinner table. Some litterers just might think twice. Maybe they would wake up. Anti-litterers would find their voice and speak up when they see littering. They would shame the litterers and outnumber them. Children would be so happy they would create a movement. They would tell adults to pick up litter and not to litter. They would grow up in a clean environment, thanks to simple action and awareness.

Meredith Britt

Las Vegas, N.M.

Seeing the medians

I recently moved to Santa Fe from Texas. I have noticed that the streets in Santa Fe are not always perpendicular and often curve. The medians that separate the traffic are not well marked; at night they can hardly be seen at all. I recently hit a median hard, which destroyed the front tire on the driver’s side. When I took my car to a tire place in town, I asked the young man if many people brought their cars in because they hit one of the numerous medians in this city. His answer was, “Lots!” Santa Fe depends on tourism. It seems to me the City Different needs to treat its citizens and visitors better by having better marked medians. I Googled “roadside products,” and learned that there is a flexible post with reflectors that “self-aligns to the vertical position after sustaining several severe impacts from a vehicle in any direction.” Installing these posts would be a tremendous improvement over the present hazardous situation.

Patricia Allen

Santa Fe

Next-generation nuclear

Except for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Dilbert comic strip creator Scott Adams and a nuclear expert calling for a “Nuclear Green Deal,” we’ve heard nothing in the media about the new Generation IV nuclear reactors, which seem to be the best solution for tackling the aims of the New Green Deal. These reactors don’t melt down, are safe, consume their own waste, are scalable and efficient.

Bill Gates is investing in them and China — with American companies — is building them. Considering New Mexico’s place in the atomic scheme of things, how come we’re not hearing anything about a technology that can pave the way for a green future? Let’s at least talk to some of the many scientists in the area and explore the climate-saving opportunities that exist in the new, nuclear technologies.

Dean Balsamo

Santa Fe