A wet winter and lots of moisture has left us with masses of thick green grass and wildflowers here in Chimayó. All of that thick vegetation is now drying out, leaving an abundance of dry tinder here and throughout the area. With that backdrop, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for fireworks to be sold in our area at all. I am urging a ban on fireworks sales, at least for now. Better safe than sorry, as they say.

Steve Mahan

Chimayó

Vladem designers got it right

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were visiting the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. This is a beautiful, clean, spacious, uncrowded, eight-story space in the Meatpacking District. While enjoying the artworks in the Biennial, we were enchanted with the huge views, indoors and out, of the sparkling blue Hudson River, the High Line and the city in general.

Santa Fe is a very special place, most deserving of the same treatment in its thriving contemporary art scene. The designers of the proposed Vladem Contemporary museum got it just right, and as Conrad Skinner noted in his excellent Sunday commentary (“Vladem Contemporary fits district, city, state,” June 9), the museum fits right in with many existing multi-story, box-style historic Santa Fe structures. Contemporary art here is second-to-none, and we are extremely lucky to have Ellen and Robert Vladem recognize this fact, step in and make this incredible, yet historic new space happen for us.

I can’t wait to visit the great art, stand before those windows and look out across our beautiful city.

Brad Bealmear

Santa Fe

Condemned to repeat history?

When I was in high school, we learned about the rise of the Nazis. We learned of the Big Lie, where the same lie told over and over turns it into “truth.” We learned of how demonizing an individual or minority dehumanizes them, making it easier to commit horrible acts against them.

What I couldn’t understand was how an entire nation could be so taken in. Germans are well-educated, intelligent, as empathetic, moral and ethical as anyone else. How could such a nation allow policies that ultimately led to the extermination of millions of their own citizens and keep silent about it?

I now understand. Our current president is using the same playbook. And to a frightening degree, it has been working. Undocumented immigrants, minorities and the LBGTQ community are just a few of the targets. I always thought such a thing could never happen in the country. I was wrong. George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Let us not be condemned.

Ira Agins

Santa Fe

Possessing and professing

I am a registered independent mental health counselor, recently retired after 21 years as a counselor at a local agency working with offenders and survivors of domestic violence. In the client-helping profession, management and staff need to be aware of their own personal issues and actively working on them. Without this, clients are not role-modeled that which are taught and counseled by staff. This can result in an unsafe, dysfunctional inconsistency among clients, staff and management. Staff and management need to possess what they profess.

John Moreau, RIMHC

Santa Fe