A flower that blooms all year

November 26, 2018

For over a year, the personnel of Ambercare Hospice became a wonderful part of our lives. Like a flower that blooms all year, these truly special people filled our house with brightness and warm fellowship. Paid for entirely through Medicare, their professional service allowed my wife to stay at home with me and with all of the artifacts of our life together for the entire duration. No sterile room or institutional accessories. No picking up and paying for medications nor ordering wheel chairs, hospital beds and commodes myself. The hospice doctor comes to your door. Ambercare brings an amazing collection of people, dedicated individuals devoted to creating the best atmosphere for our uncertain days.

Having these hospice professionals made it possible for my wife, as well as my girls and me, to spend her last days together as an extended family in peace, and with the confidence to believe that these were good days, not sad; a positive, nurturing time; not a wasted end, but a final bloom. Thank you to all my friends and cherished caregivers at Ambercare Hospice.

Herman W. Buscaj

husband of Christine

Santa Fe

Lest we forget

Lest we forget the message from President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — this month in 1863: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure … [let us resolve] that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Edith Powers


Keeping kids safe

Two of my kids were on the Santa Fe Public School bus route no. 14 that was rear-ended one morning recently. I was very impressed with the adults who were in a position to help the kids involved in the accident. The bus driver kept the kids calm, contacted the transportation office and police, set out cones, got a list of all kids on the bus and asked if anyone was hurt. The Santa Fe Fire Department checked out the condition of all the kids on board and contacted parents of injured kids.

Once the kids arrived at Milagro Middle School, they were sent to the nurse’s office to be checked out again. As a parent, I want to say thank you to the bus driver, school transportation, Milagro Middle School, the Santa Fe Fire Department and Santa Fe Police Department. Your quality care of my children is greatly appreciated.

Sandra Ortiz

Santa Fe

Following the law

For the last two terrible years, Donald Trump and the GOP have proven there is no low to which they will not stoop, interfering in elections, aligning themselves with tyrants; leveling multiple daily lies, threats against the press, protesters, Democrats and anyone who has not gulped the Kool-Aid. They have insulted our allies, disrespected the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers and first responders, and done everything to rip this country apart. Just hours after the midterm election, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ignoring the Department of Justice succession plan, appointed the interim replacement, Matthew Whitaker, to be his hatchet man on the Russia investigation. We must immediately demand that the rule of law be followed and the new attorney general be independent of the executive branch.

Deborah Dennard

Santa Fe

Last best hope

In poor Donald’s blissful ignorance of actual facts, he claims he won the Senate. Actually only one-third of the Senate was in play and Republicans merely held their Senate and added a seat or two, but…

My electoral map indicates that when California votes to secede from our confederacy of racism and political evangelicalism, which have reversed any Civil War gains, it will have many states following like the entire Pacific coast, part of the southwest, and the states that actually fought and won the Civil War.

Calexit is the last, best hope for another secular democracy in North America. Texas will probably again declare its independence as it has a history of doing twice (1836 and 1861) over slavery. The remaining taker states of the Trump union will necessarily declare bankruptcy after living on the dole lo these many years.

Gerald M. Rosen, M.D.

Santa Fe

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