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DWI decrease is good news, but the problem remains

Editor:

An article in the March 24, 2016 Daily Times states that New Mexico’s DWI deaths were down to 122 in 2015, a 36 year low and 44 less than the 166 recorded for 2014.  Locally, the number of DWI (alcohol involved) fatalities were 18 in 2014 and 17 in 2015.

The statewide reduction and even our reduction of one DWI fatality here in San Juan County are good reasons to celebrate-each life saved keeps another family and friends from the agony of losing a loved one in such a tragic way.

Our local law enforcement agencies persistently work to identify those who are driving under the influence of alcohol and get them off of our roadways.  They conduct saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, seasonal campaigns targeted at reducing drunk driving and other enforcement tactics to keep us safe.

We have more work to do locally and it takes all of us.  San Juan County Partnership supports law enforcement as they strive to keep us all safe.  We ask that the community also does its part by not drinking and driving, by designating a sober driver when necessary, by calling 911 to report possible drunk drivers, by cooperating at sobriety checkpoints and by thanking our officers for their continued efforts on our behalf.

Let’s all do what we can to make the number of San Juan County’s DWI fatalities go down in 2016.

Pamela Drake

Executive Director, San Juan County Partnership, Inc.

Consider our future before you vote for Trump

Editor:

What (not who) will be our next president?

Shall we be lead by an insulting clown? Is Trump's following due to his entertainment style - or fear of what he might be able to do to whomever defies him? That would give us a "choice" of either a Don Rickles or a Hitler. As a middle-of-the-road Republican, I could never support someone who might easily insult us into a war!

Please think about the future of our country before casting your vote for someone who would be considered the laughing-stock by the rest of the world - thereby making our entire country a joke.

Elaine Logue

Farmington

Civic Center concert is worth seeing

To the Editor:

The Farmington Civic Center is hosting a concert by the group Under the Streetlamp today.

We happened to see a broadcast of a concert by Under the Streetlamp on PBS this past Saturday, which made us even more excited to see this performance. The four gentlemen in the group have previously appeared in the Broadway show "Jersey Boys" (based on the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons) and along with their talent, have great respect for the music they are performing.

For anyone who likes the music of the 1950's and 1960's, this is a concert not to be missed.

Terry Mosher

Farmington

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