Three things are clear about the New Old Trail Garage. (“Supporters rally for garage operators,” Oct. 11). First, its customers appreciate its good service. Second, its service is priced below competing garages, despite its downtown location. Third, paying below-market rent allowed the garage to offer lower prices.

Rather than shaming the property owner for charging a reasonable market rent, garage patrons should appreciate his subsidy of their low-priced car repairs. If they want to continue to support the garage and maintain the community, they will pay fair market rate for service, thus allowing the garage owners to pay fair market rent.

As far as rising rents causing homelessness, so long as occupancy rates remain high that means someone else who needs a home is still occupying the unit, even at an increased rent. The problem is one of supply. Artificially limiting rents wouldn’t change that – in fact, it would make it worse.

Chris Graeser

Santa Fe

No coverage?

As a medical provider, I am required to prescribe Narcan nasal spray to patients who are taking opiate pain medications as a measure of protection against accidental overdose. A number of patients have recently discovered their insurance companies are refusing to pay for Narcan, which costs well over $100 for four vials. This is the antithesis of our current nationwide effort to save lives. Medical insurers who refuse to cover Narcan should be outed, shamed and sued for their obvious disregard for human life.

Caitlin Thomas

Santa Fe

Sky’s the limit

Warehouse 21, which served young artists and the creative community of Santa Fe, is closing (“Moving out,” Oct. 26), but it could stay alive and thrive in a different way. It could reopen as Warehouse 21 Market with a deli and bakery, flower shop, coffee shop and arts and crafts shop downstairs and a thriving theater upstairs. The theater is there already continuing to produce shows, and hold dramatists workshops until the doors close in December with many thanks to directors/producers Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt and Talia Pura.

I’ve seen those markets thrive in Denver, Seattle and San Francisco, but none of them have a theater upstairs. This is the City Different. The sky is the limit. It just takes a developer or group of developers with great heart and love for the arts and our creative citizenry.

Tencha Avila

Santa Fe

Praise premature

In the editorial (“He’s an interior secretary on a mission,” Our View, Oct. 9), The New Mexican praised Interior Secretary David Bernhardt for “beefing up his ethics staff.” This praise is certainly premature. Bernhardt has shown a disregard for ethical standards as his Department of the Interior pursues an unprecedented rollback of policies that benefit his former colleagues in the oil and gas industry.

Political appointees at the Department of the Interior, including Bernhardt himself, are some of the most conflicted in the administration and have violated federal ethics rules by keeping close ties to their former employers. DOI officials are currently under investigation for withholding the release of public documents and, to add insult to injury, Bernhardt recently twisted the law to keep anti-public lands zealot William Perry Pendley in charge of the Bureau of Land Management. Hiring ethics staff will not erase Bernhardt’s cozy ties to the industry that continues to put our sacred lands and wildlife at risk.

Karl Braithwaite

conservation chair and board member

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter

Albuquerque

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Khal Spencer

Whether it is a garage or an art center, someone has to pay the bills and in Santa Fe, a good part of that is our extortionary land/home prices. On a recent trip back from Albuquerque, I saw a constant stream of heavy traffic headed south on I-25 from Santa Fe during rush hour. People are voting with their feet about where to live and that's part of the same problem.

Philip Taccetta

With an occupancy rate for rentals hovering around 97% many of those commuters have no choice. Same with housing. They get get a lot more house for a lot less money in Rio Rancho or Albuquerque. I don’t think that they’re “voting with their feet”, many have no choice.

Khal Spencer

One source (Strong Towns) suggests it costs 34 cents a mile to commute by car, on average. For a 20 day month, that is close to 700 bucks. I'd be curious as to whether that exceeds the difference in housing costs. It might.

The old "voting with their feet" expression originally described Eastern Europeans (E. Germany, specifically) fleeing to the West to escape oppressive conditions. I suspect for some, escaping Santa Fe's expensive and snooty atmosphere might apply.

Richard Reinders

Tencha Avila there is always crowd funding, if you and all your friends of the arts put their money where their heart is then you can accomplish what you set out to do.

William Craig

Re: Sky's the Limit — Yes, the W21 building (especially its theater) should be preserved for the Railyard area to fulfill its potential as a lively arts/entertainment district with a critical mass of venues.

Re: Praise premature — At least DOI has an ethics staff attempting to uphold ethical standards. More such thinking is needed at all levels of government.

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