Sometimes at family gatherings, I get in a discussion with an in-law about hunting. She explains that she has relatives who grew up in a culture where guns and hunting were a strong tradition and a rite of passage for young people. She describes how a nephew shot a mallard in flight. Wow. It may have been a fantastic experience for the boy, but not for the duck. Mallards are always mated, so the murder left a widow behind and probably some little ducklings. I try to point out other activities of past times that we’ve discarded with no regrets, such as washing clothes by hand or plowing with a mule.

When nearly everyone in the United States can drive to a Chick-fil-A in 10 or 15 minutes, I see no reason to shoot ducks, geese, deer or elk. Each hunter is doing his or her little part to destroy the species on the planet. And we’re losing creatures fast, extremely fast. Which will be gone faster: the birds or our precious traditions? If you want to spend time in the woods, carry a camera or binoculars, not a gun.

Rosemary Zibart

Santa Fe

Unifying old and new

I am a student in Santa Fe. I saw your recent article about the Vladem Contemporary art museum plans (“Preservationists fight plan for Vladem art museum,” May 9). I think we should preserve the mural on the wall but have more modernization incorporated into the city. Therefore, can we preserve the mural and also do the Vladem Contemporary art museum?

Sophia Smith

student

May Center of Learning

Santa Fe

Too modern

As far as this modern Vladem Contemporary museum building goes (“Museum plan gets mixed H-board reaction,” May 10), this is Santa Fe, the oldest state capital, the City Different. Why are we trying to make it like Everytown, USA? The buildings in the Railyard are already too modern. Pay attention to where the tourists are, what they are taking pictures of; you don’t see them taking pictures of those modern buildings. They’re taking pictures of what they don’t see everywhere else — of what makes Santa Fe different and unique and why they came here to begin with. Please don’t sell the soul of Santa Fe just to be like everywhere else. You are ruining it.

Elaine Anton

Santa Fe

Dangerous denials

The proposed Holtec project alluded to in a recent New Mexican article (“Federal nuke board nixes request for waste facility hearing,” May 8) seems like an attempt to sweep high-level nuclear waste under the rug by burying it in the New Mexico desert. The denial of hearing rights by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is but another attempt by the Trump administration to subvert the democratic process. The New Mexico Legislature owes it to the citizens of this state to see to it that its voices are heard by overturning the decision of the board.

John McClure

Santa Fe

Weed work

Santa Fe has a minor weed problem growing along its roads (“That perennial problem, weeds, blooms anew,” Our View, May 15). Firstly, we don’t have to be perfectionists about it. Secondly, why don’t we use prison crews to pull up weeds? We are paying for them anyway.

Barry Hatfield

Santa Fe

What a disaster

Wow. “… Republican lawmakers, increasingly frustrated with Trump, took the unusual step of openly criticizing a president from their own party” about his very personal and rapidly escalating trade war with China (“Trade war alarms rural GOP senators,” May 15). Hardly. They whined, then stuck their hands into the already ragged pockets of taxpayers for money to give to their constituents. Yep, the constituents who scream in horror at the thought of disadvantaged Americans receiving aid from the United States government. And congressional Republicans have the guts to call it a “disaster bill”? It is a disaster, all right — the disaster named Donald Trump.

Cathlynn Groh

Santa Fe