Sept. 27 Letters to the Editor
Act of kindness at supermarket unexpected
Last week we stopped at the Safeway in Aztec to get some groceries. Jack (my husband) put them on the counter and took the basket to the front so they could load the bags. I was writing a check, when someone tapped me on the shoulder and when I turned around this lady said, “We’d like to buy your groceries today.” I told her is was a nice offer but they really didn’t need to. Then her husband said, “Please, let us do this. We want to.” I told them that made our day. It was such a nice thing to do. They came around and hugged me and said, “May God bless you.” I called Jack back and I told him what they had done and they hugged him, too. We were so stunned that we didn’t ask their names.
When we got home we called our children and several friends about the nice deed that was done for us. We heard a lot of, “Thanks for sharing your story. It’s so good to hear of such kindness.” We plan to pass on the good deed to a stranger, too.
— Jack and Irene Bishop, Aztec
Governor’s energy plan is missing something
Gov. Susana Martinez released her State Energy Plan this week. In 44 pages, it mentions climate not one time. Our dependence on fossil fuels, which costs us so much in health and environmental degradation, is apparently to continue unabated.
We seem content to carry on with business as usual, with slight head feints in the direction of the fundamental change that is needed. Climate scientists have made it clear: we can change deliberately, dramatically, and immediately, and hope to manage a survivable landing after decades of delay, or we can acquiesce to the inevitability of catastrophe we are causing. We are witnessing, in our time, catastrophic systems failures, yet refusing to acknowledge the patient is ill. The list of symptoms is all too familiar:
Record forest fires in California, Alaska, and even the Olympic peninsula of Washington; unchecked population growth, with net 60 million new humans already this year; extinctions of such a magnitude that we are now in the beginning of the Sixth Great Extinction; our own Animas and San Juan rivers choked by a sudden release of pollutants from one of thousands of similar mines; and CO2 levels that are higher than at any time in the last 800,000 years. Even Pope Francis, in his encyclical, says that “The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
This is why I heartily applaud a resolution by Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., and GOP cosponsors acknowledging climate change, and welcome them to the fight. We are in desperate need of such courage and leadership. The U.S. government and people have, to date, shown a psychotic reluctance to acknowledge there is even a problem. If these Republicans can convince their colleagues to legislate based on the evidence-based scientific consensus, we may yet have a chance.
Solutions are plentiful: we have lacked only the will to implement them. We can begin with a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend, which has conservative support and a record of working elsewhere. We can also stop subsidizing an old and already highly-profitable industry — doing so would be an expression, not a betrayal, of conservative principles.
New Mexico has the resources to lead in a transition to renewables. It’s a shame the Governor’s energy plan does not acknowledge a need to do so.
— John McAndrew, Santa Fe
Help Christian refugees and require military service
In the “migrants” and “10,000 refugee” U.S. Policy stories in the news lately.
This policy should have three parts.
Firstly: Take in Christians.
Secondly: Have a church accept and be responsible for a single family.
Third: Induct all males of appropriate age into the military for four years.
That’s what happened to American males of my age. After the four years they are citizens.
One might even say that that is how American males of my age “earned” our citizenship.
— V.A.Hammons, Kirtland