Addressing the root problem is key
Abby Goudnough’s New York Times article in The New Mexican concerning addiction treatment centers was very sad (“When more drugs may be the best medicine,” Dec. 31). Medication-assisted treatment “[is] really the linchpin of our strategy,” according to Daniel Knect, vice president of clinical strategy and policy at Aetna. As the article points out, many of these “treatments” are themselves addictive. So, to lessen costs for insurance companies and create profit for big pharma, legal drugs are being prescribed to take the place of illegal drugs.
We have a societal problem created by poverty that has its root causes in discrimination, an educational system that does not adequately address the needs of those who most need help, and the desire for a quick fix rather than a thoughtful, caring examination of the root causes of the drug epidemic. In the long run, it will be cheaper and our country will be stronger and healthier if we address the root causes of the problem.
Asking is good
Congratulations to Wise Fool New Mexico for its two decades in Santa Fe (“Feats of political theater,” Dec. 30). Parents, be happy and proud that your children, even young ones, are stimulated to ask questions after a performance that might deal with controversial issues. A stimulative theatrical experience is what lively circus should be able to present. The visit to Santa Fe by Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theater must have been an inspiration to the folks at Wise Fool. Parents should not be afraid of controversial subject matter and children’s questions. Even opposition always can be discussed in a positive way. Young children asking questions is always good.
Keeping us warm
Kudos to Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative. The co-op has kept the electricity running in this challenging weather, which keeps the heat on for so many of us. I want to thank everyone there for outstanding service.
Not Christian principles
I was disgusted to find an article in The New Mexican about Pedro Gonzalez (“Latino support for GOP steady despite Trump,” Dec. 29). Who exactly is this Colombian immigrant, pastor, so-called Christian? I grew up in a Christian church and I never once read or was directed to believe that a Christian should be prejudice, hedonistic, self-serving, a liar — the list is endless. Donald Trump’s principles are ones that serve him at the moment. He does not care about anyone but himself (and his ratings). When was Trump known to be a Christian until it worked in his favor?
Something is terribly wrong with Pedro if he believes in Trump. He has no business leading people. He should be ashamed of himself and his church. Here in New Mexico, there are lots of immigrants, and they deserve respect.
Don’t give in
I hope Congress doesn’t give in to Trump’s tantrum. As every parent knows, if you give in to one tantrum, the next time the child wants something he can’t have, the tantrum will be worse. Democrats should remember the old adage: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.
Take a moment — as a parade of new elected officials begin serving in some of the most important jobs in the nation — to ask yourselves:
Does he show real compassion and empathy for those who are different from himself? Does she show an ability to laugh at herself or does she laugh at others, instead? Does he denigrate the opposing party or even members of her own party? Has she had personal or professional failures to surmount, and has that strengthened her character — or has it led to defensiveness and the blaming of others? Does he show a keenness of mind and a willingness to seek truth and justice? Has she the ability to self-reflect? Does he have good personal relations with those around him as well as those of differing opinions?
If we can begin to consider these questions, we have started on the road to free ourselves of the shackles of partisanship. The result might well give us people who reflect the very best in all of us. Wouldn’t that be interesting? Will I see you at the polls in 2020?