Members of the Trumpf cult seemed determined to vote for him no matter what he says or does. Some are especially concerned that their guns might be taken away. For instance, Richard Gonzales wrote a letter to The New Mexican (“Defies logic,” Letters to the editor, Sept. 15), claiming that any such attempt would be unconstitutional. I suggest a reading of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that refers to the need for a well-regulated militia. It’s clear to me that weapons designed for killing people should be so regulated and should not belong to anyone unless specially designated. Registration would be an appropriate mechanism. I’ll bet our Founding Fathers would agree, and I hope some Republican voters will, too.
Bill Maxon, Ph.D.
Able and experienced
Dr. Carmen Gonzales is my choice to fill the Santa Fe Board of Education seat in District 1 (“Early voting for Nov. election starts today,” Oct. 8). I have had the privilege of working with Carmen on several community projects, and have found her to be knowledgeable, collaborative and highly energetic. Her education began at Wood Gormley Elementary School. After receiving her doctorate in education from University of New Mexico, she spent her life in leadership positions as a teacher and administrator. She is vice president emeritus from New Mexico State University and served as vice president for student success at Santa Fe Community College. In the next few years, our schools will have more resources to fund efforts to make dramatic improvements in their quality. We need leaders who have the savvy and skills to seize this opportunity. I know Carmen Gonzales has these abilities.
I’ve never had a perfect conversation with a Ukrainian — or anyone. How does Donald Trump do it? Is there more than one stable genius walking the earth? Or is the United States just lucky? Maybe Trump does read. I detect the influence of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ozymandias: “Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Does any reader know a local resident who, like the president, tweets of his own “great and unmatched wisdom?” If so, have this person get in touch with Mayor Alan Webber to discuss Santa Fe’s chronic weekday morning traffic jam on Siringo Road. The midtown campus will only make it worse — without the application of great, unmatched wisdom.
Too many panhandlers
For centuries, American cities enforced anti-vagrancy laws, which kept our streets beggar-free. That changed with recent court decisions equating the right to loiter on public streets and ask for money with free speech, including the case of Seymour v. Albuquerque. As a result, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are drowning in beggars. Please don’t give to panhandlers, as it just encourages them.
Richard N. Johnson
Santa Fe has always supported Santa Fe Municipal Judge Virginia Vigil (“Early voting for Nov. election starts today,” Oct. 8). She is an excellent elected official and no smear campaign will change that. Thank you, Judge Vigil, for all your hard work. Thank you for your public service. Hold your head up. Your community is proud of you!
Speed and weed
Here’s an idea to dissuade people from speeding: Have them pull weeds and do park and median clean-up instead of paying a fine. I think this would be a good way to deter speeding and other driving offenses — regardless of how the ticket is issued. The amount of time for doing this work could be based on the amount of the fine (e.g., an hour for each dollar of fine). No one likes to pull weeds.