Now that the Federal Infrastructure Act has been passed, how about creating a small roundabout at the awkward and unattractive intersection of Camino Cabra and Upper Canyon Road, as well as at other traffic crossings in our city?

Small roundabouts don’t require stop signs or red lights and don’t require cars to brake or idle, so they don’t burn as much fuel.

The city engineer in Carmel, Ind., the roundabout capital of America, estimates each small roundabout saves about 20,000 gallons of fuel annually, as well as reducing tailpipe emissions (Indiana and Wisconsin lead the nation in roundabouts). Not to be confused with large merging traffic circles, the Institute of Transportation Engineers declares approvingly small roundabouts are a most sustainable and resilient type of intersection.

They lower speed limits, may be objects of beauty and can be quite friendly to pedestrians and cyclists. I hope our city planners, our mayor and councilors can apply the new infrastructure funding authority they have now received from the federal government to this constructive end.

David Padwa

Santa Fe

Faith isn’t a reason to cause hurt

Ah, “faith,” that all-encompassing label to excuse virtually anything, regardless of how antisocial (“A battle of faith and medicine colliding,” Nov. 21).

Well, I’ve “prayed on it” at great length to God (does it matter which one?), and He told me the following: My faith relieves me of the responsibility to pay my taxes (because some monies go to policies with which I disagree); follow traffic rules (including, of course, wearing a seat belt); help the less fortunate, vote, buy vehicle liability insurance, not pollute the water supply (because all of that would imply a lack of faith in him); get a license for virtually anything that now requires one; etc., etc., ad nauseam.

However, I do demand immediate access to the best health care when I fall ill regardless of the fact that my own infantile behavior brought it on.

God told me it doesn’t matter that I might well be taking up a medical team’s limited time and a crucial hospital bed because of it, not to mention putting everyone else in my community and that very hospital at risk of disease and death.

My God told me it’s OK because I have faith, and he will sort it all out when I arrive at the Pearly Gates.

Or, even more simply, perhaps we should go back to drilling holes in a sick person’s head to expel the evil spirits.

MacKenzie Allen

Santa Fe

Rittenhouse trial’s absurdity

The absurdity of Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial was evident days before the trial officially started as Judge Bruce Schroeder befriended him like a long-lost grandson. He made a show of allowing Rittenhouse to draw his already-weighted jury of 11 whites and one person of color as though it were a friendly, family board game.

Was Rittenhouse’s absurd excuse of self-defense an indication he came to the protest expecting/possibly relishing a reason to shoot into the crowd? This judge was not impartial.

The Rosenbaum and Huber families of the murder victims, and the public deserve a retrial in another town with an impartial judge.

The Justice Department has its work cut out regarding this trial.

Unless all leaders of both parties don’t call this episode to task now, our country is looking down a road toward a bleak, oligarchical future where there won’t be justice for anyone.

Melanie A. Dugan

Santa Fe

Natural gas prices defy sense

The gas company recently notified us of the higher natural gas prices.

The weighted average price in the November 2020 bill was $0.279 therms (unit of heat). My November 2021 bill has a weighted price of $0.77 — a more than 150 percent increase in costs in just one year! Over the last 12 months, gas prices increased almost every month.

Prices only increased by 2 cents (about 8 percent) for the year ending November, 2020. I wish the company would notify us every month when prices change and the reasons why they change (like demand, shortage, no markups).

R. Tyner

Santa Fe

(34) comments

MacKenzie Allen

Extremely well put, David. I have said, sadly, for a long time that we are two dramatically disparate countries trapped within shared borders. What passes these days for "Republicans" exhibit no semblance of what traditional Republicans were. These so-called patriots are the least patriotic, the least sensible of what "America" is supposed to be. Terrible shame. They are so easily led and manipulated. Just toss out the term "socialism" and see what happens; notwithstanding the fact that virtually none of them knows what socialism actually is and have even less awareness that they are the beneficiaries of numerous "social programs" (e.g.- police, fire, air traffic control, FDA, USDA, etc. Pity, really.

David Ford

Social Security[beam]

One of my favorite signs was held by a lady outside the Capital during the vote for the ACA (Obamacare) - "No to socialized medicine - hands off my Medicare" obviously irony was lost on this rabid soul

Khal Spencer

Yep. "Keep your doggone socialist hands off my Medicare and Social Security"

Mike Johnson

As a moderate/conservative Democrat all my long life, what passes these days for a Democrat exhibits no semblance of what we traditional Democrats used to be. The so-called "Democratic" Socialists have invaded our party and twisted it into something I do not recognize many times.

MacKenzie Allen

You are correct, Mike, in many instances, particularly the "Progressives". I'm a liberal Democrat but am appalled at the arrogant, childish behavior of "The Squad" (can they be more obnoxious?) and some others. Self-defeating to say the least. They surely are shooting this administration in the foot. Extremists of any stripe are, by definition, problematic.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup]Agreed!

Khal Spencer

Aye on roundabouts. There is abundant literature on them saving lives and reducing emissions due to idling vehicles. The do have to be built properly, and there are some excellent engineering firms that know how to do so.

NY Times article: An Indiana city has the most roundabouts in the country. They’ve saved lives and reduced injuries from crashes — and lowered carbon emissions.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/20/climate/roundabouts-climate-emissions-driving.html

David Ford

[thumbup]And some don't realize that you can actually use your turn signal in a roundabout to signal your intentions. What a concept![beam]

Khal Spencer

True nuff. That does help with the "is he gonna veer left or go off on the first turnoff?"

Khal Spencer

Facts long ago stopped mattering in the Letters section, which nowadays seems to be the newspaper's attempts to throw raw meat to its subscribers.

Therefore, I'm not surprised Melanie A. Dugan refers to "murder victims" even though the defendant was acquitted on all homicide charges. Further, there is no evidence Rittenhouse intended to "shoot into the crowd". The jury apparently accepted that he fired at specific attackers in self defense against three people, one of whom lunged for his gun after having previously threatened his life, one of whom aimed a handgun, and one of whom was beating him with a skateboard.

But facts don't matter. Therefore, rather than learning from this tragic confluence of bad decisions (by Rittenhouse, his elders, the shooting victims, the rioters, and the authorities who let things spin out of control into riot, looting, and arson), we will, as the legend goes, just repeat all of our mistakes.

Which city next? Any takers for Santa Fe?

Mike Johnson

Exactly Khal, as Dr. Turley said about this case: "The facts of the case are now as irrelevant as the verdict, however, because we are a nation addicted to rage — and rage does not allow for doubt." Some people wanted this case to be about race, it wasn't, some wanted it to be about guns, it wasn't, it was about the law around self-defense, as it should have been, and thus decided properly.

Arthur Lynn

Sorry, I meant Grosskreutznot Huber.

Richard Reinders

Don’t for get the 15 time child rapist Rosenbaum.

Arthur Lynn

Interesting that we hear a lot about a 17 year old with a [legal] rifle, but very little about a convicted felon [Huber ] with an illegal handgun.

christopher quintana

Roundabouts are confusing to some & don’t work well with high traffic flow but also prevent the deadly left turn into on coming traffic. Roundabouts are safer for motorcycles and bicycles. I can think of a few intersections where a stop sign can be replaced by these.

David Ford

Spot on MacKenzie!![thumbup]/ Excuses, cherry picking from the alleged "holy" book. relieving oneself of critical thinking and a serious lack of/reduction of common sense are the bane to our society. It will only get worse as the right wing fascist movement in this country are using religion and faith to pursue their shameful agenda, with willing participants/marks.

As Mark Twain said "Faith is believing in something you know ain't true" All hail Mr. Clemens!

www.ffrf.org

christopher quintana

Religion can get in the way

MacKenzie Allen

Thank you for the kind comment, David. It does make you shake your head in dismay, innit?

Khal Spencer

[thumbup]

MacKenzie Allen

P.S., David...I failed to thank you for the good laff re: the Twain quote and to tell you how correct I believe you are regarding the despicable right wing-nut movement in this endangered democracy. Religion has forever been used to manipulate and control. I don't think this can be fixed. Certainly not in what remains of my lifetime.

Khal Spencer

Or as Bob Dylan said...

https://www.bobdylan.com/songs/god-our-side/

David Ford

[thumbup]yup. And history is always written by the victors!

MacKenzie Allen

Hey, Khal...thanks so much for the link/reminder of Dylan's brilliant song. Haven't heard it in decades but it is only too so very apropos! I hope you and yours are safe & well. mac

David Ford

Agreed. In fact, if the fascists are allowed to take over in what's left of our lifetime we will be moving to Ireland.

Khal Spencer

You think preference would be given to those whose ancestors left the Emerald Isle?

David Ford

Well Hal, according to Ancestry that would be in my favor. Not terribly difficult to immigrate to Ireland, certainly easier than coming here !

MacKenzie Allen

David...we really need to have the opportunity to speak. My wife and I were going to leave the country had Trump been re-elected (things aren't much better now, much as we like Biden). I had already been in touch with immigration lawyers and one of our top three choices for immigration was Ireland. Feel free to use my email if you'd like: macallen505@gmail.com Best Regards, mac

Khal Spencer

Hey, come on, David and Mac. Someone has to stay here to shore up the walls of sanity.

Emily Koyama

Amusing, since the real "fascists" are those that want to over-regulate us to death with a government-run "utopia".....if that happens I'll be the one headed overseas, but not Ireland. Too rainy.

David Ford

Not to worry Khal. There will be plenty of "stable geniuses" left to botch things up. Emily will be proud.

Emily Koyama

No worries, David, the midterms will fix you lot!😁

David Ford

Such short term thinking Emily. It saddens me that the "freedom lovin' 'murrican" party , the former GOP, is so comfortable with denying or even studying history, science, medicine etc., etc.... If we want to be "great again" on this planet it won't happen by bullying people or countries to fall in line with the new and improved ancient philosophy of the right wing nor will dullard thinking, religious fanatics or Q steer the way to the aforementioned greatness. Boast all you want but the writing is on the wall and because you think you might "win", nobody wins with the likes of Greene, Gaetz, Hawthorn, Boebert, etc. etc... staining the history of our great institutions....

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

- MARTIN NIEMÖLLER

Emily Koyama

Pretty boilerplate liberal response, David, and based on your commentary over the last few months, predictable, too.

However, "short term thinking" is where you're wrong. After Biden's disastrous first year, eyes are being opened. And I don't mean the eyes of your sterotypical baccy-chewin', gun-totin', MAGA hat wearing, "trailer trash" whites that you think make up most Republican voters.

I'm also talking about millions of moderate Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, who are having major voter remorse after Biden's failures. Watch and see....it will go beyond the midterms. You had a shot, and your man blew it.

Khal Spencer

Agree, David. Niemoller nails it.

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