I appreciate Tencha Avila’s effort to reframe the vocabulary of the pro-choice discussion (“Not yet human,” May 24) and Elaine Gere’s response (“Words and actions,” May 25) that a noun is not a person. Words are important, but beyond vocabulary, this is about a deeply emotional decision that belongs only to the person with the womb, not politicians, ministers or anyone else. Our concern should be to help women feed, clothe and provide shelter for the families they have by demanding responsibility from the father; easing restrictions on programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; demanding fair and equal pay, as well as predictable working hours, affordable child care and housing. We have hungry and abused children in this nation, and those are the words that should concern us.
Stuart Ashman’s recent comments about the Vladem Contemporary are astute and correct (“Vladem Contemporary design reflects our times,” My View, May 19). The Vladem is in the historic transition district between the Railyard and the Westside-Guadalupe Historic District. The dictionary definition of transition is “passage from one position, state, stage of subject to another.” The design of the Vladem Contemporary fits this definition well as it maintains the historic parts of the 1930s Territorial warehouse while incorporating a new element that expands the utility of the building. It is the perfect bridge between the Railyard and the Westside-Guadalupe Historic District. Thus, the transition zone itself is redefined by a building that itself is a transition. I offer my congratulations to the team that came up with a design that is truly functional and meets the definition of the transition zone.
board of regents, Museum of New Mexico
board of trustees, Museum of New Mexico Foundation
Seeds of dreams
United Way of Santa Fe County brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Santa Fe with financial support from the Santa Fe County Community Services Department. Books, selected by a national panel of early literacy experts, are mailed each month to children from birth to age 5. Due to the unique needs of our community, private funding was obtained to provide books in Spanish quarterly to bilingual families. Exposing children to books and reading as early as possible increases their interest in books and reading and improves their chances for success in school.
United Way of Santa Fe County is facing the loss of partial funding. Twenty-thousand dollars are needed to fill the gap next fiscal year to ensure current families will continue receiving books until their children turn 5 years old.
To donate and support our children, please go to www.uwsfc.org/our-programs/dolly or contact Abby Bordner, vice president of development at United Way of Santa Fe County, at abbyb@uwsfc or 505-216-2984.
Carol I. Johnson
member, United Way of Santa Fe County
Board of Directors
Making it happen
The Fuego baseball team is summer in Santa Fe. Young and old can enjoy a hometown ballgame on a balmy evening. The kids run the bases with Pepper, the Fuego mascot. The chant of “Fuego … Fuego.” A home run ball clears the outfield fence.
The Fuego need housing for the team. An appeal has gone out for host families. There is a better solution. At present, the city has no plan in place for the abandoned Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Seemingly endless appeals go out to the community for ideas for a grand plan. What do we need to do to fast-track making the dormitories available to the Fuego this summer? The Fuego need housing, and maybe the city of Santa Fe can make it happen!