Roman Abeyta’s gracious concession and praise for his victorious opponent, Lee Garcia, after the recent election inspired me to write this letter (“Abeyta’s surprise loss shakes up Santa Fe City Council,” Oct. 4). This behavior reflects what has been lacking in politics during recent years. You fight as hard as you can, and after it’s over, win or lose, you smile and shake hands. This used to be common in sports, business and politics but has been lost. We can do better.

Patrick Delaney

Santa Fe

Now, be quiet

So as to be transparent and honest, I want to first say that I voted for JoAnne Vigil Coppler for mayor based on my personal beliefs and circumstances. I am a 65-year-old man who was born and raised in Santa Fe and I have voted in most elections on Election Day at a voting booth, with a few exceptions. I am writing this to express my disappointment due to voter apathy.

Only approximately 30 percent of registered voters actually voted in the important city election, so I need to say this: Voter apathy is the reason no elected official ever has a true mandate. I congratulate Mayor Alan Webber and his supporters on his victory and I accept the fact he is our mayor, and I wish him success because of the vote and because the majority of voters made their choice. To those of you residing here who choose not to register to vote and choose not to exercise your right to vote, and to those who are registered to vote and chose not to vote — other than because of an emergency — what I have to say is this: By not exercising your right to vote, you forgo your right to complain and whine. So, if you don’t like what is happening and you did not vote, please gracefully keep your opinions to yourself.

God bless the city of Santa Fe, the mayor and City Council, the citizens who voted and those citizens who did not.

Phillip Trujillo

Santa Fe

Falling short

Early voting throughout October; numerous voting venues throughout the city on Election Day; easy application for mail-in ballots and access to ballot depositories; same-day voter registration: The city’s election process could not have been easier for the 70 percent of voters who did not vote. Using the approximate number of registered voters, 18,098 voters have set the stage for the city’s leadership over the next four years. And 42,902 voters did not participate in our democratic process. This is why our democracy continues to degrade and fail us all.

Marcia Wolf

Santa Fe

Housing fix elusive

Santa Fe has offered regrettable housing options along with a perfect storm that includes high living costs and increased economic disparity. These conditions act as underserved irritants for a number of Santa Feans, and resolution is hoped for, as elusive as it may seem.

Ann Gross

Santa Fe


Eight minutes! It only took eight minutes from the time I entered the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ clubhouse for my COVID-19 booster shot until I sat down for the 15-minute observation period.

I want to thank the New Mexico National Guard and state Department of Health for a well-organized, professional and efficient vaccine clinic.

Mary Howard

Santa Fe

Transported by song

I just have to share the amazing experience that I had at the musical production of Godspell, running at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club. The talent, energy and feeling displayed by the cast transported me to Broadway and made me so happy to be here in Santa Fe experiencing this. Their interpretation of this classic was heartfelt and moving, and it brought the story to life for me in a way I had never considered or experienced before.

I laughed, cried and most of all felt the messages that were being conveyed down to my core. I walked out of the small, intimate theater on a crisp fall evening with a sense of gratitude, exhilaration and a fresh perspective. What more could one ask for? The show runs for its final weekend Friday through Sunday.

S.E. Duran


(7) comments

Khal Spencer

Not voting is a choice. Whether driven by apathy, lazyness, or cynicism, the roughly two thirds of those who didn't show up don't get to complain about the winner or loser. Unless, of course, their name is George Carlin.

Richard Reinders

Phillip and Marcia, I totally see your point, but try to understand why a person would not show for their civic duty to vote and the only thing I can think of is that the other 42,000 don't feel they have a voice and this could be because their city council person or other politicians have ignored them and made them feel like they don't have a say. I would rather find out what stopped them rather than tell them they now have no say so.

Stefanie Beninato

Those who don't vote choose not to vote. Not voting because your city councilor does not respond is a pathetic projection of why someone chose during approximately one month of time not to vote. If they voted, maybe they would have gotten a more responsive city councilor. Your reasoning does not stand up.

William Mee

Stephanie, these same people would say you are an Elite Attorney from the East Side. Richard is right. People on the Southwest Side of town are scared to vote, disenchanted with voting, not informed enough to vote---the whole gamut of reasons come into play here. Lots of the candidates are people they went to high school with, or a familiar name from County government, a radio personality, or a former Don Diego De Vargas, or the head of a social services organization---all connections to the community at large---but not really a good idea to qualify them for office.

Richard Reinders

[thumbup][thumbup]Well said, the poor or less fortunate and are disenfranchised, unless you want another Trump [scared] we have to find away to give them a voice, how do you think Trump got 73,000,000 votes. Hopefully Lee Garcia is reading these posts and acts. And the left I am not a Trump supporter I just recognize what he got done with voters.

Stefanie Beninato

I love the way you have made assumptions, William and you know what they make you. I am an attorney mediator who regularly gives away my time in pro bono clinics, who has extremely reasonable rates and offers to take 2 mediation cases twice a year for free. And when did So Capitol become the Eastside, William? This area was working and middle class until recently. Scared to vote? Where do you get the information to make that statement? Any truer than that I live on the Eastside? FACTS MATTER.

Stefanie Beninato

When you talk about giving people a voice, what do you mean? There are voter drives every year in every part of town. People have one month to vote whether by absentee ballot, early voting including on Saturdays and the ability to vote anywhere in town on election day--not just your voting district. Maybe you think someone should go collect those voters, bring them to the booth, and hold their hand (and pencil) while they vote. Voting is part of our democratic duty....we should not be a nanny state even for voting.

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