On Monday, I felt as though the Senate Judiciary Committee silenced New Mexicans by not allowing more of us to provide public comment about Senate Bill 86, Use of Water for Oil and Gas Operations. The chairman, Sen. Joe Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, seemed only to allow opponents to speak, lobbyists from the oil and gas industry.

I feel disenfranchised after not being allowed to give my comment supporting SB 86 when proponents were barred from speaking.

For the bills heard before SB 86 in the meeting, both opponents and proponents were allowed to provide comments. For SB 86, lobbyists from the industry were given 10 minutes to oppose the bill, but the supporters, individuals like myself who are concerned about the environment in our state, were not allowed to speak. In future meetings, I hope the Senate Judiciary Committee will prioritize taking time to hear from constituents, not just corporate lobbyists, before making decisions.

Stephanie Haan-Amato Las Cruces

Another kitchen

I won a prize from BizMIX to get my business started — a commercial kitchen. I’ve been operating ever since at The Kitchen at Canyon Vista Cooking, which houses Stokli, Plantita Vegan Bakery, Fusion Tacos and my catering company, which has made my dream of owning a commercial kitchen possible.

It seems I keep getting forgotten. First, the Santa Fe government opened a commercial kitchen at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center claiming to be the first in town, after awarding me the startup prize. Now, The New Mexican wrote a profile of a new commercial kitchen, The Kitchen Table Santa Fe, as though the newspaper hadn’t written a similar profile of my business on Aug. 24, 2015. Please, research your archives before making claims. When my newspaper says I don’t exist, that hurts my business.

Brian Lenius Santa Fe

Rosemond is practical

Please add my voice to the chorus who support John Rosemond. The author of 15 books, Rosemond is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina and promotes a form of parenting that at its foundation relies on a loving “practical parenting” style. Parents are encouraged to provide structure, boundaries and to be the adult in the room — a parent, not a buddy. If you disagree, don’t read the columns. Why insist that his advice be censored?

Suzanne Roepke

Santa Fe

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William Craig

The website for his business (including a contact page) is here:


The 2015 article is here:


The 2021 article is here:


Richard Reinders

Brian Lenius what is your contact info, I tried getting a hold of Kitchen Table no response maybe they went out of business and I want to talk to you if your in business.

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