Just as I was contemplating the overwhelming acts of bravery and sacrifice made by individuals during World War II as the anniversary of D-Day approached, I read a letter by a student from Los Alamos that shocked and saddened me (“Saving the world,” June 4). This student suggests that in this world, “every man for himself” will make a better society.

It is easy to justify selfish views when you are young and lead a privileged life, but very, very wrong. It is a lonely view from the top, and from personal experience, no one does anything of value in this world alone. Never assume that anyone is worth less than yourself just because they need a helping hand, whether in this country or another. Our servicemen and servicewomen certainly do not adhere to the motto “look out for yourself first,” nor do underpaid teachers, public servants and health care workers worldwide. The world is a far better place because of those who give, give, give. Let’s all do a better job of that and see what can happen.

Ellen Walton

Los Alamos

Rough ride

We live in Santa Fe, the capital city of New Mexico. One of the premier destination/vacation stops in the world. Our No. 1 industry outside of state and local government is tourism. We have people from all over the United States and the world come to Santa Fe and partake of our rich culture, great restaurants, unique architecture and art galleries. The hotels and places to stay are most accommodating and inviting. Everything is just the way you would want it to encourage visitors and have them go back to their homes and express the wonderful experience they had coming to Santa Fe. Just one problem — our roads.

We have potholes all over the city. A technician at one of the tire stores said business is booming for rebalancing tires and front-end alignments because of the potholes and bad roads in Santa Fe. I wonder if our governor, mayor or other elected politicians have driven down St. Michael’s Drive, Paseo de Peralta by the DeVargas Center or Old Pecos Trail anytime lately. These streets can only be described as embarrassing. Let’s show a little pride in our city and fix the eyesores we call city streets. The longer it is put off, the more it will cost to fix.

David G. Zlotnick

Santa Fe

A great ride

Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land at the New Mexico Actor’s Lab is funny, dangerous, sexy and poetic. Nicholas Ballas has directed himself and his cast with a masterful hand. Jonathan Richards’ arcane Hirst is a joy to watch. Joey Beth Gilbert and Robert Henkel Jr. as Foster and Briggs scare as well as delight. It is an eccentric, wild ride in the theater. The play runs through June 23 at Teatro Paraguas.

Barbara Burnett

Santa Fe

We stress human rights

It’s disappointing that a recent My View (“Wells Fargo and private prisons,” June 2), relied on inaccurate information to criticize our company, CoreCivic. In reality, we play a valued but limited role in America’s immigration system, which we’ve done for every administration, Democratic and Republican, for over 35 years.

All of our facilities, including the Cibola County Correctional Center, recognize the inherent dignity of every person and the need to treat them with respect. We don’t and haven’t ever housed children at Cibola, nor have any children died in our facilities. Our facilities also regularly undergo both scheduled and unannounced inspections and audits.

CoreCivic’s sole job is to help the government solve problems in ways it couldn’t do alone — to help manage unprecedented humanitarian crises, dramatically improve the standard of care for vulnerable people, and meet other critical needs efficiently and innovatively.

Amanda Gilchrist

public affairs director, CoreCivic

Nashville, Tenn.