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Fight for justice despite lies

May 14, 2019

After watching Attorney General William Barr testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve realized he has lied to Congress, lied to the American people and is covering up the crimes of President Donald Trump. He is not serving the Constitution or the law of our country. I implore New Mexico U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján to impeach Barr as well as Trump. With each week that passes since the redacted Mueller report, no steps closer to impeaching Trump, the president grows more bold. He believes more and more that he is above the law and will not be accountable for any of the crimes he is committing. I urge my elected officials to take action. Impeach. Now. Our democracy is holding on by a thread and we need them to fight loudly for us and for justice.

Sarah Boses

Santa Fe

Not somebody else’s

Where do we begin as a community dealing with our homeless? We start with our experience within Santa Fe boundaries and on the fringes of our community. We rely on the experts who gather information from all of the self-appointed organizations with good intentions. The experts rely on their moral compasses and bits of information coming from communities in the same predicament.

We, as a community, do not need to be looking for a magical cure or a quick fix to solve homelessness. Our city is losing control; we do not understand the reality we are facing. A YouTube documentary called Seattle is Dying is a wake-up call for Santa Fe. It demonstrates the problem, cause and a solution. We cannot segregate ourselves from the different communities within Santa Fe and pretend it’s somebody else’s problem.

Mark Edwards

owner, Z Pet Hotel & Spa

Santa Fe

Another kind of asylum-seeker

I am now a citizen of the United States of Lunacy. Why? Let me count the ways. The attorney general of the U.S., William Barr, has become the PR agent of the president of the United States and is refusing to testify before Congress. The Department of Justice is still obsessed with controlling women’s bodies and denying health care access to millions of Americans. Religious rights of refusal by health care practitioners have been expanded. Republicans ignore 10,000 lies by Trump. Anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts rise at alarming rates, encouraged by Trump. Random shootings at universities increase, yet Trump supports the National Rifle Association. Trump seeks intervention in Venezuelan politics, while espousing the isolationist policies of white nationalism. Trump imposes tariffs that threaten American farmers. Trump orders detention, caging and separation of families of asylum-seekers, etc.

The proper moniker for POTUS is really DOTUS — Dictator of the U.S. Where do I find asylum?

Ellen J. Shabshai Fox, LISW

Santa Fe

Bearing the cost

In claiming that the recently passed energy-efficiency measures will become an unfair burden on ratepayers, Kenneth Costello (“There’s no free lunch with energy efficiency,” My View, April 21) failed to look at the evidence. The net benefit to consumers from energy-efficiency programs implemented from 2008-18 in New Mexico is estimated to be over $400 million, according to the utilities’ own data. Yet you don’t need economic calculations to tell you that using less energy means using less fuel, as well as avoiding construction and purchase of new power plants, which cost ratepayers a fortune. Look at Public Service Company of New Mexico’s proposal to purchase leases from the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, which would cost ratepayers more than $1 billion, in addition to decommissioning and capital improvement costs. Especially important in our arid state, energy-efficiency programs reduce the amount of water used in generating power.

Linda Burchfiel

Santa Fe