Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently issued a two-week shelter-in-place order beginning Nov. 16. On Nov. 15, I noticed more activity than usual in my neighborhood. There was a Realtor open house and a party, both resulting in additional people and cars coming and going. Upon checking with friends around town, they also saw increased gatherings. It seemed like everyone wanted to do what they wouldn’t be able to do for the next two weeks.

That’s understandable, human nature as it is — until you really think about it. Increased interactions result in increased spreading of COVID-19. Typically, symptoms appear between two and 12 days after exposure. By the time the current two-week order expires, there will likely be another spike in infections caused by cramming activities in prior to the lockdown. This kind of behavior defeats the entire purpose of the shelter-in-place order. A new cycle of high infection rates has now begun, again. Let’s think first before acting and help break this dangerous, repetitive cycle.

Gayle Kenny, R.N., M.S.

Santa Fe

Not surprising but preventable

With catastrophic numbers of new COVID-19 infections daily, it is important that people know about how our hospitals are doing, as was reported (“Hospitals feeling pressure of virus surge,” Nov. 17). What that article didn’t report is that hospitals in some parts of the state are already rationing ventilators. Here in Santa Fe, we are trying to figure out how to safely send people home who would normally be considered too sick to leave the hospital, and health care providers are still sometimes lacking adequate protective personal equipment. None of this is surprising, but it was all preventable.

Dr. Lisa Moore

Santa Fe

Glad to have it

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Nancy Gaffner

CIR member

Santa Fe

Hold them accountable

After reading about the incredible amount of time, energy and money President Donald Trump staffers, campaign people and the legions of Republican attorneys have consumed, months before the elections, conjuring up fraudulent election scenarios they would attribute to Joe Biden and the Democrats, it is quite apparent Trump had been expecting he would lose the election. This fraudulent deceitful attempt would be his only chance for another four years to completely finish destroying this nation.

So instead of, as any honest legitimate president would do, implementing every last ounce of scientific medical creative thought and effort to produce a rational, national plan to curb the pandemic and help save the lives of thousands of Americans, Trump took the road of perceived political self-preservation. He called the pandemic a hoax for months as COVID-19 raged through the country, killing to this date over 250,000 Americans, when instead thousands of lives could have been saved. This hoax lie was parroted by his Republican pawns, for they also were and are more concerned for their own individual political existence than fulfilling their public service obligations, to stem the infections and deaths of Americans from the pandemic.

Will they be held accountable for the many thousands of preventable American deaths?

Howard H. Bleicher, D.D.S.

Santa Fe

Stoking violence

Dr. Scott Atlas commenting to the people of Michigan to “rise up” over public health orders to stem the pandemic is an egregious act, especially after there was a plot to kidnap and murder the governor. This stoking violence was unconscionable, and a felony — 18 U.S. Code 2385, which deals with advocating overthrow of government — was violated. He should be prosecuted.

Mike Dicello

Santa Fe

(4) comments

Patricio R. Downs

Both Khal and Stefanie are correct, and yet incorrect. The Constitution (and the amendments tacked on thereafter) don't address the right (or lack thereof) of someone to incite riot with their speech. It's case law - Brandenburg v. Ohio, Schenck v. United States, et. al - that sets the precedent here. Either way, what Dr. Atlas did was at best irresponsible and at worst criminal.

Khal Spencer

Mike Dicello needs to read up on the First Amendment before he writes letters. Or maybe the New Mexican editors need to read up on the First Amendment before they decide whose letters to publish.

Stefanie Beninato

Maybe it is you who needs to read First Amendment law--speech that is a direct incitement to violence is not protected..

Tom Ribe

Khal: Mr. Dicello is absolutely correct. And at some point we need to understand that President Donny Trump is committing treason.

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