Recently, the newspaper published an article about the Native artists having to wait before they can sell on the Plaza again under the portal at the Palace of the Governors (“Artists dream of their return,” May 15).

During a recent walk to the Plaza, I saw a person set up selling crafts. I found that appalling. It’s not that I am against crafts, but if someone else could sell, there was no reason that with proper spacing, Native artists couldn’t sell their wonderful items again without a wait. I’m glad to hear artists could be back sooner than the end of June.

Eleanor Weber

Santa Fe

Make a splash

Maybe a local lap swimmer should run for mayor. My guess is she would win.

Donna Martin

Tesuque

Finger-lickin’ funny

Thank you, Ricardo Caté, for your cartoon, “KFC” in Without Reservations on May 29. I’ve plucked a few chickens in my younger days. You put a reflective smile on my face. Nice.

Mona Schermerhorn

Santa Fe

Tax travails

In Saturday’s mail, I got a delinquent tax notice from the county treasurer. The payment will be sent in today. There were penalties and interest in addition to the tax. I never received a bill advising me that I had taxes due, and repeated attempts to contact the treasurer’s office to see when and if I had a payment due weren’t answered.

This little Catch-22 cost me an additional $80 in penalties. I paid off my mortgage last June and knew I would be responsible for taxes out of pocket. I was never told how much or when they were due. Based on the information from the treasurer’s office that came with the delinquency notice, I still don’t know when they’re due or when to expect a bill.

Paul Schmolke

Santa Fe

Sensible people, unite

The Republican Party has not told us exactly what its agenda is. Let me list what it appears to be: supremacy for white males, ignoring global warming, low taxes for the wealthy, low assistance for the poor, minimal immigration, no abortion, no masks, no vaccination, no gun control and, most importantly, fealty to their ex-president and the Big Lie.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear the Senate Republicans will not vote for any Democratic bill. We have a stalemate. It appears Congress will accomplish nothing unless the filibuster is eliminated or Democrats gain seats in the 2022 elections.

The history of midterm elections is a loss for the party in power. Surely, there must be enough intelligent voters to keep this from happening, in spite of efforts in the red states to suppress voting. Let’s all do whatever we can to see that sensible people vote. Support the Democratic agenda, not Donald Trump’s.

Bill Maxon

Santa Fe

Spectacular shot

What a spectacular photo by Matt Dahlseid of Pfc. Dwight Goetz of the 44th Army Band at the Bataan veterans ceremony this spring. It is a stunning example, with trumpets and Bataan Memorial Building, of the great photographers at The New Mexican who amaze me every day.

We are so fortunate to have such a terrific newspaper.

Danis Kelly

Santa Fe

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(4) comments

Stefanie Beninato

Donna Any time you want to be my campaign manager but we better hurry or it will be write in campaign....[lol]

Claudia Chavez

Eleanor, are you referring to the Artists in City of SF Plaza Vendor Program? Please don’t be appalled by us for our program was closed for 14 months. We are individual small businesses who pay license fees & gross receipts taxes. We have gone through an extensive jurying process. I’ve be out for one month and have only had warm greetings from locals & tourists. I’ve also had visits and purchases from fellow Native American artisans. We support one another and I am excited for the portal program to open - safely of course.

Stefanie Beninato

Paul You should have been asking questions when your mortgage ended since your tax payments were rolled into it. And the county assessor and county treasurer do return calls. So stop whining that the nanny state did not hold your hand while you wrote the check and did not help you walk it down to the treasurer's office.

Richard Reinders

Paul you and only you are responsible to go in and tell the Treasurer and Assessor where to send the notices. You might also check with the County Clerk and see if the paid Trust Deed has been recorded. Your mortgage company will not forward you the tax notices.

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