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This election and the power of prayer


I read an interesting article on Saturday in The Daily Times located on page 3A below the fold. It was a review of the Charity Supper for Orphans hosted by Al Smith, great grandson of the first Roman Catholic to run for the president of the United States. New York archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan was seated between the two current major party presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

They both used the event to exchange derogatory remarks and the article elaborated on many of them. This event was broadcast on most of the major TV networks. But what I found so interesting about the article were the last few sentences which I quote:

“ But Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York archbishop seated between them at the dinner, described a less antagonistic moment backstage after he invited them to pray. “After the little prayer, Mr. Trump tuned (sic) to Secretary Clinton and said ‘You know, you are one tough and talented woman,’ and he said this has been a good experience,” Dolan told NBC’s “Today” on Friday. “And she said, ‘Donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterwards.’ ”

The above was reported on a major TV network but was never picked up as newsworthy by NBC or any other network that I know of.

I thought it is a small glimmer of hope for our country showing that both candidates were influenced, however slightly, by the power of prayer.

W. C. (Bill) Burson


Will wind power disrupt communities?

Regarding Marita Noon’s commentary: "A President Clinton will disrupt communities with wind."

Fracking is probably what Hillary Clinton will bring since she says she wants to depend on natural gas for the transition to clean energy. Transition to clean energy by 2050 will probably be TOO LATE for the planet.

That is why I am not voting for her (or Donald Trump).  There will be no "mandatory" windmills.  Communities will be free to choose solar, but Clinton will "let fracking have free reign." If you want clean energy vote for Gary Johnson (maybe) or Jill Stein.

Nick Evans


Two sleazeballs versus a nice guy


America’s major political parties have given us a choice between two sleazy, scandal-ridden liars – neither of whom is fit to be president. Gary Johnson, by contrast, is a nice guy with principles. Furthermore, he has actually held elective executive office and did a credible job.

Granted, Johnson is a longshot who probably won’t win. And there are certainly issues I disagree with him on. But let’s vote for him anyway. In view of the other candidates, what do we have to lose?

If you’re for integrity but vote against it, you’re wasting your vote.

Joseph Knight

Hagerman, NM

Editors Note: This was the last opportunity for letters endorsing or attacking political candidates to be published in the newspaper before the Nov. 8 election. We cut off those letters the week before the election to ensure there are no last minute attacks that are intended to have an impact without providing the opponent a chance to respond.

General Aviation Takes Off to Give Back

When people think of aviation, they think of commercial flights, business activity, and cargo.  Yet, in my world of public benefit flying, every time I see a small aircraft buzzing by overhead, I think of a patient or an organ or blood supply getting to a community in need.

Public benefit flights are donated by volunteer pilots who give their time and use of their general aviation craft to those in need.  For example, I have had the privilege and joy of flying for Angel Flight and Flights for Life for six years. Angel Flight works to connect volunteer pilots with patients who need assistance reaching medical care. Next to the direct cost of treatments, travel is the greatest expense for a patient.

That’s where Angel Flight steps in: a general aviation pilot volunteers their aircraft to fly patients to their appointments for free. Because they can fly into smaller local airports and with greater flexibility in scheduling, general aviation helps alleviate the stress of a long road trip or a commercial flight. In addition, United Blood Services partners with Flights for Life in New Mexico to help rural areas run drives and transport donor blood.

These are just a few examples.  General aviation helps businesses to transport personnel and tools; it supports farmers and ranchers to maintain and survey their crops and cattle, and it facilitates disaster relief in times of crisis.  It is an integral part of a public infrastructure that makes sure that we connect rural and urban areas alike.

It is why our public transportation system must remain that way, overseen by Congress to ensure that these community needs do not come in second to profit driven priorities of our largest commercial airlines. That is why I oppose a recent push to privatize air traffic control and hand authority over this system over to a private board dominated by the biggest airlines.

Our aviation system is currently the largest and the most diverse in the world, supporting many different forms of flying that support charitable, humanitarian and rural community needs.  Let’s make sure to keep it that way.

Art Tangen is a Wing Leader for Angel Flight West & Angel Flight South Central, has flown 100 Angel Flight charity missions, and is a board member of the New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association.