Santa Fe sits at the easternmost tip of the Mountain Time Zone. During Christmas season, it gets pitch dark by 4 p.m. We should be on Central Time (year-round Mountain Daylight Time would accomplish the same thing). Just a couple of miles east, and we would be on Central Time. Please, let us end this annual, endless argument and let there be light.

Also, do not consider discontinuing John Rosemond’s column. His is a voice of sense and reason. He pleads for behavior that, if restored (as once was common adult-child, teacher-pupil behavior) would make life much better for parents and children alike. I was a practicing psychotherapist for many years. Rosemond should be listened to. We need less “self-esteem” and more social responsibility and respect. Parents, you are not your child’s friend. Do not “discuss” behavior. The only proper explanation is, “Because I said so.” Amen.

Richard Block

Santa Fe

Greater say

Holtec International, a New Jersey-based company, is working with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to get a permit to store spent fuel elements from nuclear reactors in New Mexico (“Nuke waste project planning enters next phase,” Aug. 1). Right now, New Mexico has a say only in peripheral issues regarding the proposed facility, like rainwater running off parking lots. Senate Bill 54, “Radioactive Waste Oversight and Disposal,” would give our state a greater say in things like transporting the fuel elements through our communities. Whether you support the Holtec facility or not, this is a very basic requirement to keep our state safe. The legislative session has two more weeks to pass the bill. Call your state senator and representative to tell them you want the bill brought to the floor for a vote.

Cheryl Rofer

Santa Fe

Textbooks for all

Some disgruntled grouches, in their annual drive to deprive children of their taxpayer-driven right to an education, argue that the state cannot legally buy books for private schools (“Dems back bill blocking N.M. private schools from book funds,” Jan. 24). Never mind that taxes are squeezed from all residents, that students (parents) are squeezed equally as hard as grouches. Never mind that a school has no need for textbooks. Heresy, you say? Think before casting stones.

A student needs textbooks — student, as distinct from school. A school is only a steward for its students. The student has paid the same tax as the grouch. His school choice has no bearing on his right to a book. Indeed, the private school student pays twice. He pays the same price as the grouch for a seat at the grouch’s school. And he pays a second time for his seat at his chosen school. In addition to this double taxation, the grouch also wants him to pay again for books he already has bought with his taxes. Let’s not steal books from students.

Alvis E. McDonald


Saving children

Tears well up thinking about Jayden Curtis, the tot who was taken to the hospital so many times (“Police seeking evidence of prior abuse in boy’s death,” March 2). Which nurse, doctor or police officer could have said something to save this child? Is our child protection system this ineffective? Yet, the day before there was an article of a different tot with bruises all over his tiny body (“Man, 23, accused in abuse of boy, 4,” March 1). Someone spoke up at his day care, and as a result, might have saved this child’s life.

I think staff members at La Petite Academy did a good job in protecting the 4-year-old. I hope he remains safe. Too many times nothing is done to stop a child from harm. These are little children just learning about our world. These child abusers need to be stopped. I suggest signs like, “This business reports signs of child abuse.” Then report it and stop it.

Rebecca Langford

Santa Fe

Wildlife’s safe passage

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported that from 2002 to 2016 there were 15,213 animal-vehicle collisions. Seven-hundred-thirty-eight of these collisions resulted in the serious injury or death of a motorist. Meanwhile, an estimated 1 million animals die from vehicle collisions in the U.S. each day.

Fortunately, Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, and state Reps. Georgene Louis, D-Albuquerque, and Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces, have a plan to allow state agencies, private landowners and tribal communities to prevent unnecessary deaths.

The Wildlife Corridors Act would direct the state Department of Game and Fish and NMDOT to identify factors impacting wildlife migration and design projects for safe passage. The Wildlife Corridors Act presents a commonsense proposal to give our state agencies the resources they need to save wildlife and reduce accidents. Please contact your legislators to support Senate Bill 228 on behalf of driver safety and the right of animals to conduct their natural migration without incident.

Phil Carter

Wildlife Policy Coordinator

Wildlands Network

Santa Fe