The Washington Post editorial (“The lives we have lost,” Oct. 8), lists names of every person slaughtered in 26 mass killings since Columbine High School (1999), and asks, “When will we decide it’s enough?” Yes, there are people like the woman in a recent National Public Radio broadcast who, with blinding naiveté, asserted open carry would prevent slaughters because shooters would know others were armed. And of course, there is Bill O’Reilly who, after Las Vegas, noted this was “the price of freedom.” But millions of others, including National Rifle Association members, clearly understand we’re well beyond “enough.” So, why no meaningful changes? The NRA has successfully used fear-mongering and money to hogtie common sense and reasonable action. It is the NRA’s calculated, intentionally misleading threats that any regulation is an inevitable slippery slope to eliminating the Second Amendment. It is politicians sucking up NRA contributions, prioritizing personal careers over reasonable gun regulation. And it is us, for not voting these people out of office.

J. Taub

Santa Fe

Helping neighbors

My wife and I were in a serious car accident in Chimayó last Sunday. I wanted to thank Angela and Cupertino for their extreme kindness, not only with the use of their phone and helping clean up the debris from the wreck, but for Angela giving my wife a ride to our home in Española. Several concerned neighbors also drove by, asking if they could help and if we were all right. This is what being a great neighbor is all about. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful neighbors in the Española Valley.

Kelvin Smith


Families need CHIP

Although it covered nearly 9 million of our nation’s most vulnerable children, Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, funding expired Sept. 30 (“Congress lets health care program for children expire,” Oct. 1), leaving families with more uncertainty about their ability to access needed health care. One in 3 kids nationwide are covered by this program. Yet, there is wide bipartisan support for this program and has been since its 1997 rollout. Please encourage your congressional leaders to extend CHIP for the next five years and prove to the public they are still capable of getting something done for the American people.

Debbi Brody

Santa Fe

Democrat Trump

Donald Trump was a registered Democrat for some years in the 2000s. A brilliant political move would be for him to switch back to the Democratic Party. Republicans mostly can’t stand him, and he gets along great with Democratic leaders. His populist, anti-capitalism viewpoint matches with the Democrats, so he’d finally be able to get something done. If Trump switches parties, I’ll vote for his re-election. Trump the Democrat in 2020!

Rick Johnson

Santa Fe

Filling empty spaces

I was thinking about the empty space for rent on St. Francis Drive that used to be Wild Oats and then Whole Foods (“Whole Foods to shutter St. Francis Drive store,” Feb. 10). I thought it might make a nice art center with a vegetarian restaurant, with maybe massage and detox therapy venues. But, who would fund this endeavor? Or who would organize it? I am just asking. Anyone interested? I know a number of very talented artists who aren’t even showing their work. And there are craftspeople, too. I’m just throwing the idea our there. It could be a fun thing and good use of the space.

Jean Hampleman

Santa Fe

To forgive is divine

Carol Fishman Ortiz acknowledges in her letter (“Twitter sensation,” Oct. 5) that Valerie Plame Wilson apologized for posting on social media an anti-Semitic diatribe written by someone else without having read it thoroughly. It was a careless act for which Ms. Plame Wilson apologized profusely. Yet Ms. Ortiz characterized the apology as “lame.” Why?

The posted nonsensical piece accused American Jews of wielding too much power and pushing for war against Iran — this in an overwhelmingly Christian country of about 322 million people, of which 5.3 million are Jewish. Really, too much power? Ms. Plame Wilson pressed the “send” button before carefully examining the piece, an error for which she expressed deep regret.

A tenet of all religions is forgiveness. Jews recently observed Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement that in part focuses on prayers of forgiveness. Thus, to forgive is divine. Ever make a mistake, Ms. Ortiz?

Richard Gross

Santa Fe

Growing smart

Although it was unfortunate that the Santa Fe University of Art and Design went under, it is great to hear that the city is moving forward with plans for a variety of tenants there (“Options emerge for campus,” Oct. 9). If elected to City Council, I’ll push for the skilled jobs, healthy food and energy independence that comes with the kind of work going on at the Santa Fe Community College — where greenhouses, solar panels and biofuels are the norm. Even though I believe in smart growth, I wonder about the proposed “shopping” that was recommended. There’s already a great deal of shopping nearby as well as many empty stores. It seems we don’t need shopping as much as we need shoppers. What do you think? Concerned citizens should attend the City Council’s Finance Committee Meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.

Nate Downey

Santa Fe

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