The Santa Fe City Council and Mayor Alan Webber will consider a proposed update to its procedural rules this month. Members of the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County have reviewed the changes and additions to the rules. We find that these rules provide clarity for the roles, responsibilities and processes of the council. If they are enforced rigorously, they will not only promote civil discourse and transparency but will make city government more efficient. The league met with the sponsors of the resolution, and we thank them for their time and attention to our questions and comments. We appreciate their research into best practices of governing bodies around the country; we also commend the sponsoring team for their patience and thoroughness in the iterative process used to write and revise the rules. The league strongly supports adoption of the new procedural rules.

Christine Furlanetto

League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County

Action & Advocacy Committee chairwoman

Santa Fe

Villains all around

The conservatorship/guardianship saga continues (“Guardianship system in N.M. remains in crisis,” My View, Jan. 2). In all the articles the words lawyers, judges and the Legislature occur frequently. The problems will be eased when we realize those three entities are part of the problem and little of the solution. Whenever there is money to be made, these three classes will pop up. Same goes for the high-interest lending crime in New Mexico. I guess you can add lobbyist to that list of villains.

Kenneth Earle

Santa Fe

Splitting hairs

All Pueblo Council of Governors Chairman Mark Mitchell says promises are a serious thing (“Overdue New Mexico education plan frustrates Native leaders,” Jan. 5). Former Gov. Bruce King once said, “A promise is not a commitment.” I guess our governor follows King’s dictum.

Alfonso Duran


Dangerous activity

One of the comments on your article about clearing snow (“When it snows, it’s time to clear the sidewalks,” Our View, Jan. 4) had this advice to give: “… now, shoveling is good cardio exercise, right up there with swimming and rock climbing. Now, get up early and get your workout.” Not so. Shoveling snow is actually a good way to give yourself a heart attack, especially if you’re over 50. Don’t do it.

Scott McMillin

Santa Fe

Proper credit

As a member of the S3 Working Group that is involved in the planning of the conversion of the Lamplighter Motel (“Motel nears deal to become affordable housing; quarter of units for homeless,” Jan. 4) I need to correct a statement made in the article. It stated the Working Group also bought the Santa Fe Suites, a similar 123 unit motel being used for affordable housing. The purchase was made with funds from Community Solutions, a New York City based nonprofit working to end homelessness, the city of Santa Fe, the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the NM Coalition to End Homelessness and private social investors. St. Elizabeth was asked to manage the property, and the S3 Working Group is a partner in providing supportive services for the residents living there.

Edward Archuleta

Executive director

St. Elizabeth Shelters & Supportive Housing

Santa Fe

Report it right

The Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, virus tracker reported the same data reported Dec. 31, after having reported updated data Tuesday. This is sloppy journalism. If you can’t report accurate data, don’t report any data at all.

Christopher Brink

Santa Fe

(4) comments

William Mee

The City of Santa Fe tried to ram through this proposal on January 12th, 2022. The restrictions to public comments seem to be tightening: "The City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed revision of the Governing Body Procedural Rules. Proposed changes include: (a) reducing the time allowed per person during Petitions from the Floor from 3 minutes to 2 minutes; (b) prohibiting people from giving their time to someone else during Petitions from the Floor; (c) prohibiting people from giving their time to someone else during public hearings."

Stefanie Beninato

Scott McMillin Exactly who clears your sidewalk then? Are people over 50 hiring others to do this job? I had suggested that the city partner with Youthworks to provide this service while allowing a younger person to earn money and a sense of responsibility. If someone slips and falls on your sidewalk, you can be sued. What will you say then, Scott?

Donna Gomien

Stephanie Beninato: I'd be happy to hire someone through Youthworks to shovel snow for me and for my HOA, a small group of not-so-young people, but whose collective property fronts a public sidewalk. Was your suggestion followed up on? Please provide contact details.

Rachel Thompson

To Christopher Brink: When I was following COVID very closely, which was some time ago, I discovered duplicate numbers on DOH's COVID Dashboard over a few-day period. I don't know where The New Mexican gets its numbers but there are a couple of places where reporting can go wrong. When I brought this to the attention of DOH, back then, they were reporting 7 days a week, everyone was fried, and they were quite apologetic.

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