As a bicyclist legally attempting to cross the St. Francis and Zia intersection, I have observed the following reactions from automobile drivers turning west: First: The respectful, law-abiding motorists who comprehend the mandatory posted signs: “No right turn on red arrow.” They patiently wait a few seconds until their red arrow turns green. Muchas gracias.
Second: The first driver who temporarily halts at the red arrow while waiting for pedestrians and bikers to cross. Thanks! They then take a turn against the red arrow anyway, or they succumb to the illegal pressure of the impatiently honking drivers behind them.
Third: All other entitled, potential manslaughter drivers, safely enclosed in metal cocoons, who unlawfully turn without even stopping or looking.
While crossing this deadly intersection, I pray: “Dear God, please let me live another day. Deliver me from these self-centered, law annoyed freedom jerks who nearly run me over almost every day.”
Spiff up the airport
Often, the airport is the first introduction to a city and forms an impression. Santa Fe is a celebrated world-class city. It is, and I love Santa Fe, but we have a problem. The condition of the airport is sad. Start with the furniture. It looks like a Goodwill reject and it is filthy, old and uncomfortable. We were at the airport on a recent night at 8. It was freezing and there was nowhere to get coffee or water.
But those are small issues. Here is the big issue that could be solved:
There were four elderly gentlemen facing a dilemma. There was apparently confusion with the car rental but it wasn’t the fault of the agency. A man could not get an Uber, taxi or even a limo to come and pick them up.
They were stranded at the airport that was about to close. Is this how we should treat our tourists? One easy solution would be for the city to book two taxis to meet every flight and pay the if they get no fare. No one should be stranded at the airport in a world class city. We can do better, Santa Fe.
Find the traitors
For too many years, both houses of the U.S. Congress have been dysfunctional and unproductive to the detriment of the country, all because of party politics. It is time for the American public to protest long and vigorously against that behavior of Congress, but not in the manner of the Jan. 6 insurrection. In particular, many U.S. senators and representatives should be publicly identified and intimidated by name as “traitors” in public writings, speeches, and peaceful protests throughout the country. Maybe, if they were publicly identified and intimidated for at least a couple years as the traitors they in fact are, those members of Congress night become functional and productive.
A special delivery
When I moved to New Mexico, I began writing letters to my grandma back in Ohio. The pandemic brought on a renewed vitality and regularity to our correspondence. She is quite elderly and has signs of dementia; her letters come less frequently now.
I received a letter today that was addressed very poorly. My name was misspelled, my address was on the wrong line and the ZIP code was barely on the envelope. I can only imagine all the reasons that it wouldn’t have gotten to me, and yet it did.
Thank you to all the postal workers that made it possible. I am truly grateful.
Go for it, Gerald
A while back, the Santa Fe Reporter ran a piece in which a cross-section of Santa Feans were asked what they would do for the city if money were no object.
The normally sphinx-like Gerald Peters was quoted as saying he “would build a park for the people.” He now has the opportunity to do just that at Cow Creek, instead of the despoliation he is seeking.
I’d be delighted to visit the Gerald Peters Nature Reserve and for once, think something nice about him.