Senators — oppose nuclear weapons production

October 1, 2018

Thank you for reporting on nuclear safety issues in New Mexico. Rebecca Moss’ article (“Bill could shield nuclear board,” Sept. 19), reports that Democratic U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced language in an appropriations bill to protect the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Nuclear facilities in New Mexico report their accidents to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, and then the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board publishes the safety reports on their website. New Department of Energy rules want to change this practice. Our senators are opposed to these new rules. So far so good.

However, let’s not forget the larger issue. New Mexico nuclear facilities support the production of nuclear warheads. The current administration has committed to “modernizing” these weapons (i.e. producing more warheads). An increase of warheads means an increase in safety issues. Therefore, if our senators really want to make us safer, they should oppose “modernization” of nuclear weapons.

Barney Magrath

Santa Fe

Supporting the shelter

Mary Martin, former executive director of the Santa Fe animal shelter (“Three insider deals draw scrutiny,” Sept. 24) is a blue sky thinker, which was necessary to create one of the most comprehensive animal shelters in the country. The decisions she and her board made may sound unorthodox to some, perhaps to most, but the result served several thousand animals last year. Dr. Jennifer Steketee is detail-oriented. She cut expenses and increased revenue. In two years, she has made shelter operations sustainable.

As someone who has studied shelter management across the country, I can tell you that the shelter is not in a free fall, corrupt or loose with its finances. Dr. Steketee’s management, along with her board, has put this private shelter on solid footing relying on individual donors, foundations and program revenue. So please, support the shelter with your donations, with volunteer hours and with lifting the shelter up so it can do the work it’s been contracted to do.

Barb Odell

Santa Fe

Thanks, Santa Fe police

I recently was involved in an accident in Santa Fe. I would encourage the city to improve the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road. It is important for traffic safety to have ample left turn possibilities all ways at such a busy intersection.

That being said, I want to thank the city of Santa Fe for having in place a humane way to deal with traffic accidents. The first thing that happened is someone showed up to deal with traffic and offer both of us involved a bottle of water, which had a calming effect on me. Things seemed to be happening very quickly — my car was being towed with all my stuff. Santa Fe Officer Paul Blea, having responded to the accident, was very helpful, thoroughly explaining next steps and answering all my questions in a completely professional manner. Thank you to not only the Santa Fe Police Department but also to the paramedics who arrived and were equally professional.

Judith Uhrich

El Rito

Record reveals truth

I was happy to see the My View piece by Tom Ribe (“Why Lujan Grisham is the right choice,” Sept. 25) highlighting the dismal voting record of Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce on issues that should be important to all New Mexicans. I have been waiting for Lujan Grisham’s team to highlight Pearce’s voting record in a TV ad, as that would be the easiest way to show New Mexican voters exactly who Pearce is. Sure, he can run homey, feel-good ads that attempt to paint a picture of someone warmer and friendlier, but the real truth of who he is is revealed in his voting record, as was highlighted by Ribe. Pearce is and always will be all about big oil. It is time for the Lujan Grisham team to figure out that you don’t have to “go negative” to get the truth out there. Highlight Pearce’s voting record on key issues, and voters will see that Lujan Grisham is the best choice for New Mexico.

Tom Jones

Santa Fe

Flea market time

It’s flea market time again inside the Santa Fe Woman’s Club clubhouse at 1616 Old Pecos Trail. The fun and bargain shopping begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7. Repeat shoppers often show up before the doors open. They know the treasures are going to be snatched up quickly.

There will be a little bit of everything, from baby clothes to jewelry to dishes to furniture to artwork and, of course, gently worn clothing of all kinds. Purchases help fund much-needed scholarships for women attending Santa Fe Community College. Ask anyone who has attended this annual event in the past dozen years and they will no doubt tell you they had a lot of fun and found a lot of great bargains. For more information, call 505-983-9455.

Celiane Dunetz

member, Santa Fe Woman’s Club

Santa Fe

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