Buffalo Thunder Road was repaved at no cost

Brent Parker of Santa Fe (“Stop unnecessary traffic tie-ups,” Letters to the Editor, June 20) was concerned about costs of paving from Buffalo Thunder Road through Pojoaque. To ease his concerns, be aware the paving being done is to repair faults from last year’s paving job. It was repaved by the original paver at no cost to the state.

Carl Brown


Sign the streets

Directional markings

Can’t be found

At corners, crosswalks

On the ground.

Turning left or right

Or straight ahead —

Getting close

And filled with dread.

Am I

where I’m supposed to be

To drive ahead

Most comfortably?

Probably not

By the sound of a horn

Trying to go straight

Where the arrow is worn (off)

Please, city of Santa Fe

Paint notifications

For directions to turn

Better public relations!

A safety issue

That’s the fuss

For cars and bikes

And even the bus!

Loralee Freilich

Santa Fe

Forgo the campfire

Shouldn’t the U.S. Forest Service take the simple step of prohibiting campfires on Forest Service lands? The Forest Service is eager to thin and burn 50,000 acres (“Prescribed burns again planned in S.F. watershed,” June 11). This project should be examined in an environmental impact statement and receive a full public airing.

Regardless of whether this project goes forward, the Forest Service should ban dispersed campfires. Barring dispersed campfires is something that can be done now, with known benefits for fire reduction. Campfires in developed campsites may be safer; there are fire pits and there are people who can spot an unattended fire.

Of course it’s more fun to have a roaring campfire. But things are changing in our mountains: trees are drying, grazing has reduced grasses that used to burn through rapidly and there are more of us. Forty-five campfires were abandoned in one weekend. I have trouble weighing the potential for a major fire that threatens firefighters, homes, and wildlife against the sacrifice of forgoing a campfire.

Denise Fort

Santa Fe

Misses the point

The age of irony and incongruity. A one-page ad, titled, “One Nation Under God,” sponsored by Hobby Lobby in the July 4 New Mexican, includes a quote from John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Rodrigo Lievano

Santa Fe

Stop ignoring injustice

The vast majority of people locked up in the Estancia prison (“Migrant lockup boosts economy in tiny Estancia,” June 24), are not “criminals.” They are actually following the letter of American law, which requires asylum-seekers to enter the U.S. without permission before they can request asylum. Once they do, we incarcerate them and treat them as criminals.

Anyone of us who ever ran a red light or cheated (even a little) on our taxes is as much of a “criminal” as are the people now incarcerated in Estancia. And we lack the justification that they have, of fighting for their very survival. Referring to asylum-seekers as “being charged with … federal crimes,” as does this article, makes it easier for Americans to turn our backs on them and to ignore the injustice of their incarceration.

Barbara Schroder


Santa Fe Faith Network

for Immigrant Justice

Santa Fe

An un-American ad

The full-page Hobby Lobby ad that ran on page A-5 in The New Mexican on July 4, asserting that America is a “Christian nation,” distorts history. Our U.S. Constitution makes no mention of God except in Article 6, which asserts that there will be no religious litmus tests for political office.

The Treat of Tripoli, negotiated by John Adams and unanimously ratified by the Senate in 1797, declared that “the government of the United States of America is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.”

Hobby Lobby that believes only born-again Christians belong here. This message is deeply un-American and contrary to our Founding Principles as a nonsectarian nation.

Rev. Gary Kowalski


Unitarian Congregation of Taos

Santa Fe