Hersch Wilson is a Santa Fe treasure
Thank you for Hersch Wilson’s Tales from Tails. I especially enjoyed his recent column (“My dogs have trained me,” Tales of Tails, May 16). Readers should know that in addition to being a regular volunteer with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, walking dogs, Hersch is also a volunteer firefighter-EMT with the Hondo Fire and Rescue in Santa Fe County and coaches girl’s soccer in his copious free time. His personal mission statement, “Be brave, be kind, fight fires” has inspired me to be more mindful, compassionate and conscientious about my own work on behalf of both my human and non-human neighbors. Please keep his wise words in print.
Rev. Gary Kowalski
The Republican-controlled Environmental Protection Agency can’t balance its deregulation budget because the expense of poisoning Americans is too high (“EPA to recalculate pollution death risk,” May 21). Naturally, their bean-counters proclaim that poisoned air and water is no longer harmful. The costs on paper are zeroed out; shady organizations make a few million, and some of us go on with our lives. This feels like a learning opportunity, a chance to pit science against magical accounting.
Seeing is believing
Your recent editorial (“That perennial problem, weeds, blooms anew,” Our View, May 15), and article (“‘We have a problem,’” May 15), about the apparent tragedy of weed growth should serve as a reminder to all of us about the basic functions of government: Public safety and infrastructure.
How about publishing a comprehensive tabulation of road repair and replacement projects scheduled by local, state and federal governments, the scheduled dates for each project, and contact information so that citizens can “encourage” our elected and appointed officials to get these vital jobs done? Coming to mind are N.M. 599 and the Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street intersection; there are many others. All of us should – must — demand a “reset” on governmental function at all levels — time and money compel us to focus tightly on priorities and basics.
Richard W. Haber
Wild and scenic
I saw the May 20 article about protecting the Gila River (“Group pushes for Gila River protections,” May 20). I think that the Gila River should be placed under the Wild and Scenic River Act. If the Gila River is protected, not only will the different species of fish be protected but also the riparian vegetation and all that lives in it. Please protect this river and all others in danger of being polluted.
Benjamin A. Becker
student, May Center for Learning
Not yet human
A human fertilized egg that attaches itself to a womb or uterus is not a baby or child. It is a blastocyst, then an embryo, and at about 11 weeks becomes a fetus that has the potential of becoming a life. It becomes a living human being at birth. Therefore, to end an unwanted or unhealthy pregnancy is to abort a blastocyst, embryo or fetus, and not a human being.
Living and breathing
Cervantes’ Don Quixote tilted windmills; delusional President Donald Trump battles wind turbines. He declared the clean, renewable energy a “bird cemetery.” Trump also proclaimed the noise wind turbines make as a cause of cancer.
Wind turbines kill an estimated 300,000 birds annually. The 2010 explosion and sinking of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed more than one million birds. It also poisoned and contaminated millions of other wildlife. Some seven million birds die annually from collisions with cell and radio towers. Cats are responsible for two to four billion bird deaths annually. If Trump is so concerned about bird deaths, he should eliminate cellular phone towers and cats.
Energy production has always been a two-edged sword. Nuclear waste poisons life for generations. Coal and oil pollute Mother Earth. Fracking contaminates clean water. The Green New Deal seems more urgent, sane and sustainable to me.