Not expected from a Supreme Court judge nominee
Milan Simonich’s column (“Accuser’s word alone not enough to sink Kavanaugh,” Ringside Seat, Sept. 28) offers examples of wrongful rape convictions to argue that an accusation of attempted rape should be insufficient to sink Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. What he and many other commentators overlook is that this isn’t a court of law. Instead, it’s a hearing to determine Kavanaugh’s fitness to fill the position. Even if the evidence presented so far wouldn’t convict him of a crime, his behavior in response to the accusations is not what one would expect from someone nominated to the highest court in the land.
Clouded in doubt
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s emotional outburst during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee puts him and the nation in an unhappy spot. His public persona until then was enough to earn him the highest encomium from the American Bar Association, with plaudits for his proper demeanor. The ABA is now hedging, and so is the newspaper published by the Jesuits, the order of priests that provided Kavanaugh with his high school education. At their school, he busted his butt, by his own testimony.
It’s sad for Kavanaugh that he cannot simply acknowledge his bad behavior and apologize, as there is plenty of corroborating evidence. Whatever happens, he will be clouded in doubt. His family will suffer, as will he. If confirmed, the nation will know that there are at least two justices on the highest court in the land credibly charged, by respectable women, with sexual assault or harassment. If he is not, we can be content to know that there will be only one.
Let’s be proud
I don’t know much about nonprofits, but what was written about the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society in The New Mexican doesn’t seem too awful (“Saving lives, bleeding cash,” Sept. 23; “Three insider deals draw scrutiny,” Sept. 24). No animals suffered because of what was done, but they may suffer now, should those who donate to the shelter, because of the story, stop giving. I read the letters The New Mexican published from Executive Director Jennifer Steketee (“Santa Fe animal shelter is crown jewel in New Mexico,” Commentary, Sept. 30) and volunteer Lyn deMartin (“Shelter focuses on present and future,” My View, Sept. 30) rebutting The New Mexican’s stories.
I remember when the animal shelter was a terrible little place on Cerrillos Road and how proud everyone was on that day the new beautiful shelter was dedicated. I am still proud of our shelter — of the work they do and the progress they have made over the years, adding new buildings and programs. Santa Feans, let us do whatever we can to support our shelter in any way we can. It is a beautiful facility, and we can be proud of it.
Message for Brett
To Brett Kavanaugh: “Thou doth protest too much.”
Part with prejudices
Recently I was at Ragle Park in Santa Fe with my 6-year-old grandson. On this particular day there were baseball games and birthday parties. I noticed that my grandson, who has a light skin tone and light blond hair, was being alienated in the park by other kids. I am 61 years old. My grandson and I left the park, feeling unwelcome. It’s a sad day in Santa Fe when people are not treated civilly or respectfully, apparently, because of skin color.
retired law enforcement officer
Shame on former shelter board member Glenn Levant and the Santa Fe New Mexican (“ ‘Due diligence,’ then turmoil,” Sept. 23) for the articles on the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society. The huge headlines were obnoxious, and the long-winded articles that followed were heartbreaking to many in the community. The board, staff and volunteers of the shelter serve with dedication and integrity. Nowhere in the articles was this mentioned. I believe what was presented was ill-researched gossip designed to call into question the policies and practices of an exemplary nonprofit that serves the abused, abandoned and homeless animals. It takes many devoted individuals doing whatever is necessary to make sure these animals are adopted into forever homes. You would be amazed.