I want to thank everyone who came out to clean up the river for the annual Love Your River Day on Saturday, Feb. 9. Thank you to the Santa Fe Watershed Association for organizing this important event. Volunteers took two hours out of their Saturday to help clean out different reaches of the Santa Fe River. The group spent a solid two hours cleaning debris and dog poop from the riverbed.

I am grateful for this civic participation and caring for our community. And I especially want to recognize Rick Martinez for bringing his bucket and poop-scooper and cleaning up after all the people who have not cleaned up after their dogs. Having fecal matter in the river is a serious issue to water quality. Please remember to clean up after your animals.

Anna Hansen

Santa Fe County commissioner, District 2

member, Santa Fe River Commission

Asking for funds

The University of New Mexico should ask the NCAA for money to save UNM sports. The NCAA generates millions of dollars from college sports. College athletes dedicate themselves to winning NCAA trophies.

Greg Ramirez

Santa Fe

The end is near

Extreme global violence and greed and selfishness

has changed the way evolution works,

and has led us to the end of a peaceful evolution;

and

the philosophy of the cancer cell and mass extinction.

Our only hope is to create a world wisdom of peaceful

playful loving kindness, and pray that there is enough time

to reverse our ways?

Robert Francis Mudman Johnson

Santa Fe

Better answers

I have seen many emails from people whose Public Service Company of New Mexico bills have doubled over a comparable period. When they call PNM for an explanation, they are told they should hire an electrician to check it out. A doubling of an electric bill can put many people in severe jeopardy. There needs to be a better answer than, “It’s cold out.”

F. Harlan Flint

Santa Fe

Harsh handling

We were surprised and disappointed to learn that Andrew Wulf had been fired as director of the New Mexico History Museum (“After string of cultural flaps, history museum’s director fired,” Feb. 9). We have appreciated his efforts to try new ideas and bring in modern museum practices. The powers that be say they want a new direction. That is their prerogative, but why fire Andrew? Why not give him the opportunity to resign? Then everyone comes out ahead. As things stand, it will be hard to attract a quality replacement given the way this was handled.

Jack and Peggy Seigel

Santa Fe

Unfortunate lapse

Over the 12 years or so that you have provided Non Sequitur in the comic section, it has been accepted as a misplaced political cartoon, enjoyed by all. It is well-crafted, has likable characters and is the first or second comic I read in the morning. It is unfortunate that a lapse in Wiley Miller’s good judgment has caused a breach. Please give his strip a second chance.

Steve Bradley

Santa Fe

A bit harsh

For a first offense, a total dropping of the long-running comic strip Non Sequitur is a bit harsh. It is interesting that staff did not catch this profanity, treating all material the same, subject to appropriate content for all ages. What about a graduated punishment — first offense, no publication of the author’s work for six months, etc. There has been a relatively long, positive relationship with the creator, cartoonist Wiley Miller. Obviously there is a new policy in effect for careful review of all content.

Barbara LaMont

Santa Fe

Bringing back past

Nancy?! Seriously?! Out of all the comics in the world that you could choose from, you picked Nancy to replace Non Sequitur? Talk about returning to the 1950s. C’mon, you’ve just got to be kidding us.

Michael Szabaga

Santa Fe

Stop time

During the late 1960s, as an increasing number of women were entering the workforce, I was executive director of the Maryland Committee for Day Care. We encountered the same argument that Josefita Santana proposes (“Home is best,” Letters to the Editor, Feb. 15): Moms and young children belong at home. Now, some 50 years later, when most women have joined the workforce, whether by choice or necessity, quality child care, from infancy until 5 years old, is more imperative than ever. Where have you been, Ms. Santana?

Brenda Edelson

Santa Fe

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