• Finding help and more in Las Vegas

    While attending the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees (NMAER) Convention in Las Vegas (on Sept. 28-29), my car had a flat and ruined tire just after leaving the McDonald’s.

    The three kind men at BTU on Mills Street had to use a tractor with front-end loader and a large air tank (to fix the damage).

    Another young man led me, in his pickup, over to Duran’s Tire Shop. Mr. “just call me Walter” and his employee fixed the car, etc. These six men went way beyond the second miles (to assist).

  • Early closure, more preparation

    I am writing in to you on the day I’m supposed to be vying for a Master’s World Championship. Competition within the International BJJ Federation which requires several levels of credentialing which I did receive. However, while in the process, the tournament brackets closed early, partly caused by the Master’s Mundial being held in the USA for the first time. Two of my teammates from the Santa Fe BJJ Academy are in the same situation.

  • Clarifying previous letter

    Let me correct the interpretation of my letter to the editor, “From God to Government,” by Mr. Deemer.

    First, I agree with the majority of his comment. My point is not that faith and government are mutually exclusive, but that as a society moves away from the moral values of traditional religions, it invariably leads to more government. That’s exactly what I see happening in this country today, and the upcoming election provides an opportunity to change that.

  • ‘Moving forward’ for whom?

    First let me congratulate Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and councilors Joey Herrera and Vince Howell. These three elected officials are truly by and for the people. Las Vegas is finally in tune with the rest of the country that is moving forward and no matter what we the citizens have to say.

  • Water necessitates fracking ban

    The Weather report on Channel 7 for Saturday, Sept. 15, had the following information: “More than half of New Mexico is in severe drought or worse.”

  • Faith isn’t an either/or choice

    In his letter published Sept. 28, Frank Splendoria says the need for personal responsibility and self-reliance has been supplanted by governmental “oversight and control” and this somehow threatens our faith in God. Personal responsibility has always been and remains the foundation of this or any civilization. It is our responsibility to provide for our families yet it is also our responsibility to act in ways that will not harm others. It is our responsibility to care for those around us and it is our responsibility to leave nature unharmed.

  • Who’s really at ‘war’ with women?

    Is there really a “GOP war on women” as stated in a Sept. 14 letter to the editor, “Reproductive rights an economic issue”?
    • Just because conservatives do not want added taxes to pay for redundant programs? Planned Parenthood, state and local agencies already perform abortions and provide contraceptives.
    • Just because Big Government is overriding our constitutionally granted religious freedoms and personal beliefs by forcing private organizations to provide such services for others’ lifestyle choices?

  • Distortions need to be addressed

    We all have our pet “issues” which we hope will be addressed in the upcoming presidential debates. For me, the overriding issue I hope to see discussed is the strange and disturbing trend whereby a moderate, hardworking president is somehow transformed into a socialist, Muslim, America-destroying demon.

    President Obama has had four years to address and illuminate this alarming process — given all the opportunities — and I fault him for not having done so.

  • Ben Ray Lujan’s ‘war on women’

    In May 2012, the New York Times announced, “The House …rejected a measure that sought to impose fines and prison terms on doctors who perform abortions on women who are trying to select the gender of their offspring — a practice known as sex-selective abortion.” Ben Ray Lujan voted “no,” which will allow this practice to continue. If we want a baby boy, it’s OK to terminate unborn baby girls.

  • Congressman under others’ influence

    There is a waft in the air. It is called politics!

    Having decided a few years ago to try to do something about the quality of leaders we are sending to Washington, I became a campaign volunteer. I have learned some things along the way. For some four years now, at the local, state and national levels, people are disillusioned (to say the least) with how politics and the selection process is so heavily dependent on money, money, money.