I thought it was obvious but maybe not. So here goes: If you want to solve municipal growth, make fewer babies. If you want to solve the water shortage, make fewer babies. If you want to solve climate change, crowded classrooms, poverty and almost every other social problem, make fewer babies.

Got it?

Marc Bonem

Santa Fe

The reason why

JoAnne Vigil Coppler’s June vote against a city ordinance to require face coverings was misrepresented, I believe, in a piece (“Vigil Coppler for mayor? Absolutely not,” My View, April 18) where the author wrote, “For something as simple as wearing a piece of fabric on your face … Vigil Coppler voted no.” The published account of the City Council discussion reports that Vigil Coppler asked whether the proposed ordinance was enforceable, saying, “I think this has a lot of loopholes in it.” Vigil Coppler also said it was unlikely she, a Realtor, would call police on unmasked clients. Most likely, she would have had masks on hand for them. She did not oppose face mask use but voted against an ordinance she considered difficult to enforce. Facts are slippery things. Pandemic tensions added to a politically charged atmosphere make it critically important for readers to double-check the opinions of others, as I did.

Basia Miller

Santa Fe

Finding solutions

I agree with Liz Lendavai’s article (“Vigil Coppler for mayor? Absolutely not,” My View, April 18). It is obvious that JoAnne Vigil Coppler did not take COVID-19 seriously, despite the astronomical number of deaths. In my opinion, Vigil Coppler’s record as a District 4 councilor is less than stellar because she opposes just about anything that makes sense. When she does offer opposition to proposals, she fails to offer solutions. Management 101 classes teach that when raising a concern, offer a solution, don’t just whine about issues. How would she do better? We don’t know because she doesn’t state how she would do so. I believe Mayor Alan Webber is a visionary. What has Vigil Coppler done to respond to her constituents? If she can’t address simple concerns in her own district, I don’t see how she would handle the job of mayor. Absolutely not.

Lin Bartucca

Santa Fe


On behalf of the board and staff of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, we were thrilled to be recognized at the 2021 Virtual Mayor’s Give Back Ball. A special thank-you to Mayor Alan Webber and Buddy Roybal for producing a wonderful event honoring the volunteers in our community.

Celebrating 36 years, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum is a special treasure to us all, and it is only made possible with hours of dedicated volunteers nurturing and fulfilling our mission of discovering the joys of learning, play and community. Our volunteers bring an element to the museum experience that is magical. We have a wide age range of volunteers at the museum, from teens to retired, allowing our visitors to connect to our community. We thank the city of Santa Fe for recognizing their hard work in providing children a safe, fun place to be kids.

Caitlin Brodsky

board president

Santa Fe Children’s Museum

The real Bite

I am at a bit of a loss understanding how The New Mexican felt it appropriate to publish an “opinion” piece (“We’re excited for the new Bobcat Bite,” My View, April 25) that seemed nothing more than a free advertisement for a new restaurant recycling an old name. The writer’s opinion is that “The iconic Bobcat Bite deserved to live on.” It has, as Santa Fe Bite on St. Michael’s Drive, where the previous, decadeslong owners had to move from the original location. I’ve been eating Bobcat Bite burgers for 27 years. It’s not the location or name that makes them nationally famous.

Andrew Rodney

Santa Fe

(2) comments

Stefanie Beninato

Ms. Miller, you criticize a commentator concerning Ms Vigil-Coppler stance on masks saying she should have more accurately represented the councilor's position. You, however, are projecting when you say "Most likely she would have masks on hand" Actually what Vigil-Coppler said was that she would not refuse to show someone a home just because they were not wearing a mask. If facts are important,you should have accurately reflected that part of Vigil-Coppler's statement on that issue--and yes mask wearing enforcement is hard. The city itself has employees who do not wear masks in facilities or when entering (rec facilities) or when responding to emergency calls (police). Vigil-Coppler's statement went well beyond it is "hard to enforce" and took an active "I am not going to request my clients to follow the mandate" approach--iow I don't want to lose a potential sale just because of a pandemic.

Khal Spencer

I read the opinion piece “Vigil Coppler for mayor? Absolutely not,” and then watched the transcript of the meeting. The opinion piece warped with Vigil Coppler said.

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