Dear Genoveva Chavez Community Center: As annual members for the past seven years, we deeply regret not being able to visit your facility to work out. We feel your requirements and restrictions (established by the city of Santa Fe) prevent working people such as us from making arrangements to get an appointment or “free slot.” Hours from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. most days, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sundays offer few choices, especially with only 10 people maximum in individual gym areas.

Many privately owned gyms operate under the Department of Health restrictions and keep members healthy, safe and fit and allow more people. Why is the ice rink closed even for 10 people at a time? It seems no different then going to Santa Fe Place mall or Walmart when wearing a mask. Going forward, what is the city’s proposal for the next quarter? A statement from city officials such as Mayor Alan Webber and City Manager Jarel LaPan Hill would be appreciated.

Marc Beyer

Santa Fe

A sinister exit

Perhaps the recently exited president’s most sinister act of all was in carrying out 13 federal executions since July, including a woman on Jan. 15. According to historical records, no president in more than 120 years has overseen as many executions as this president. It’s as though he looked about for as many cold-hearted and cruel deeds as possible to enact before his departure. And as often was the case, his victims were the disenfranchised, whether immigrant children separated from their parents and placed in cages to easy human targets on death row.

Maria Barcelona

Santa Fe

Stop the clock

It is evident that January has become a month with a number of notable events, including an election and an inauguration. What is missing in our news stream is a day, in my view, of equal significance. That day was Jan. 22, when the United Nation’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons took effect. Unfortunately, the U.S. and other nuclear armed states failed to sign it. Our country, in particular, pressured member states not to sign. The world since 1945 has been spared nuclear war more as a result of luck than of rational planning.

Yet we continue down the path of “nuclear arsenal modernization” spending billions in the process while not addressing true crises such as poverty and climate change. Having been a bit player in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 while serving in the U.S. Air Force, I hope none of us must look nuclear annihilation in the face again. The clock ticks closer to midnight.

Robert Josephs

Joan Duffy Chapter

Veterans for Peace

Santa Fe

Vaccine success

I had my first COVID-19 vaccination Jan. 22 at Santa Fe High School. I commend the governor, the New Mexico Department of Health, the staff of Santa Fe High School and National Guard personnel for creating the well-organized, caring process that made what could have been a stressful experience, a calm, fairly quick procedure for all of us that day. Thank you all.

Linda Moore

Santa Fe

Meeting the press

So, honest to goodness, real, live, actual daily press briefings. No ducking, skipping, lies, blaming, shirking responsibility, hostility to the press or blowing the president’s horn. No, Sean Hannity, not all questions were marshmallows. I’m going to enjoy this until 2022 when I expect that the “Crybaby Newts” will be back.

James Applegate

Santa Fe

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Stefanie Beninato

Marc What the city really needs to do is open the other recreational (wellness) centers (Ft Marcy and Salvador Perez) so there is more opportunity for our wellbeing. The city could also be lobbying the governor to allow one swimmer per lane at Chavez which has very wide short course lanes.

Just to share the utter negligence of the Public Works staff--yesterday the air temp in the pool area was 71 degrees--well below the 5 degree differential with the 83 degree water temp in the pool. Wheeler head of public works complained about the complexity of the system which has been in place for over 20 years (you would think that there would be institutional knowledge on how to operate it). One of her staff finally gave a date for the fix on the air temp heater at the pool (mid Feb)--apparently it took several months for Public Works to get a purchase order approved to get the repair done. As a result the pool area now has serious rusting on its metal framed windows--due to the condensation from the too great air differential--tens of thousands of dollars to remediate the damage caused by the too little too late response of Public Works.

I agree that the city could have at least one more session in the evening (Chavez was open 5:30AM to 8:30 PM M-Th and open on Sundays. Why the Sunday cutback--who knows? Maybe ask the union. Meeting rec/wellness needs of its citizens apparently ranks way down there on the mayor's and city manager's list who have held up the opening of even Ft Marcy. OH BTW when I asked about reopening one of those facilities I was told by Public Works staff that all the heaters in those two facilities were working. However it was the POOL heater that had not been properly installed or tested during the 2 plus years 2.5 milllion dollar renovation of Perez which supposedly is causing another EIGHT week delay. How much negligence do we have to suffer from staff who seemingly will have a job no matter how negligently they perform? Wheeler allowed THREE break ins at Perez during the renovation project before she decided to actually secure the bldg. This kind of negligence would only happen in city government.

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