Animals help the homeless feel loved
In The New Mexican’s 2018 Feliz Navidad supplement, I found many enjoyable stories, including one by Arin McKenna (“Feeding the hungry, housing the homeless), about working to help the homeless in Santa Fe. Unfortunately, she did not mention my favorite homeless charity, Street Homeless Animal Project or SHAP. I am sure if she had known of this organization, she would have included it. SHAP provides medical care for the animal companions of homeless people.
Animals provide unconditional love to the person who cares for them. SHAP enables homeless people to keep their animals in good health while searching for a place that will accept both of them. These animals help the homeless keep their souls alive. A dog is the only thing that loves you more than it loves itself.
SHAP can be contacted at www.nmshap.org or 505- 501-4933; or send an email to nmstreethomelessanimal email@example.com.
Please consider donating to them as part of your holiday giving.
Lock it up
To my fellow santafesinos: It’s the holiday season, so please remember to lock your cars! I neglected to do so, and two bags of gifts were stolen while my car was parked in my own driveway on the near west side. It can happen anywhere. Don’t make the same mistake, so you can avoid a not-so-feliz navidad or an unhappy New Year.
Right or privilege?
The Mexican gray wolf is endangered, meaning the species is seriously at risk of extinction (“Seeking to prevent clashes between cattle, gray wolves,” Dec. 17). There are about 114 of these small wolves in the wild. Conflict with ranchers with permits to graze cows on U.S. Forest Service land in the southwestern corner of New Mexico has led to the shooting and trapping of a record number of wolves this year. Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association said, “[Grazing] permits are private property rights in our mind.” Forest Service land is public land — it belongs to you and me. Grazing permits are leases — like rent on a house — privileges given by the owners — you and me. Ranchers will be happier in the long run adapting to the natural systems they get to use temporarily.
A Santa Fe helper
While visiting Santa Fe from Colorado Springs, Colo., I experienced an unfortunate medical episode on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Dec. 18. A lovely, kind lady sat with me on the steps cradling me in her arms until the Santa Fe Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported me to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center ER where I recovered. I’m hopeful this letter reaches her so she will know I appreciated her kindness. My friend and I did spend two days enjoying Santa Fe hospitality at its best.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Putin’s best week
Last week was a good week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S. government. Trump said the U.S. is pulling our troops out of Syria, leaving the field open for Russia and Iran to celebrate with Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the last “adult in the room,” just resigned, objecting to Trump’s policy of insulting our allies and cuddling up to our adversaries. Trump’s initiation of a tariff war has finally collapsed the stock market. Yep, this may be Putin’s very best week, ever.