Martin's Cocteau

Nice guy! My son and myself ran into him the other day across the street from the theater and recognized him [, July 25:  “In between renovation tasks, George RR Martin hams it up for the SFR camera outside the Jean Cocteau Cinema”]. He chatted with us about midnight-movie shows and good popcorn he hopes to have at the Cocteau theater...we can’t wait. We love Santa Fe, love our adoptive hometown! Daniel A Borrero

Mind Change

I hate to say it, but with that attitude, no wonder [Anthony Leon]’s not succeeding here, despite his talent [music, July 24: “Cowboy Country”]. “I’m not sure this town wants to do anything for me anymore.”


You get what you give. Changing zip codes ain’t gonna change that. What’s needed is not a new address, but a change of mindset from one of entitlement to one of appreciation and maturity. Shawn

Grist for the Mill

This is a tragedy [news, July  17: “Stuck in the Middle”]. The governor and her directors have shown that they care little about anyone besides themselves and outsourcing services to other states as part of the campaign trail machine. Dedicated behavioral health agencies are just grist for the mill. Another Coup

Runaway Climate

Gratitude to Laura Paskus’ “Muddy Hymnal” [The Dirt, June 19] for calling New Mexico’s drying river beds and blazing forests what they plainly are: the tangible presence of climate change and portents of even more severe environmental changes to come. Climate change is no longer a far-off abstraction, a specter haunting our hypothetical great-grandchildren. It is a harsh, palpable reality tightening its grip. If there is any hope of arresting carbon dioxide emissions before runaway climate change makes life on Earth as we know it impossible, then we must force our politicians to make the climate their top priority now, and we must rally to combat the clear antagonist in this battle that is the fossil fuel industry. Divestment from fossil fuels at the municipal and institutional levels is a vital first step, and the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Art Institute should be commended for being at the forefront of this movement.

Please join, the Citizens Climate Lobby, Interfaith Power and Light, Organizing for Action, Progressive Democrats and other coalition organizations, as we strive to do what Paskus did so eloquently in her article: to clarify the connection between climate change and the dry, devastated Rio Grande ecosystem. We will do this at “Rally at the Rio,” Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10 am at Central and the River in Albuquerque. It promises to be the most attended and spirited climate action in New Mexico to date. Tomas Radcliffe


Toxic Relations

Your last sentence, “Few have the courage to stand tall against [Santa Fe Public Schools],” describes a very unfortunate and toxic relationship between teachers and the administrators who ostensibly guide them [news, June 18: “Tenured”]. Sadly, SFPS is hardly unique in this situation, but it does seem to have a particularly antagonistic dynamic between “610” and the rank and file. [SFPS Superindendent] Joel Boyd seems to be trying to counter this to some extent, but he is one man bucking an entrenched culture with a long history. He also is apparently among those who elected to appeal [Rosa] Weiss’ victory in the trial court. As a former attorney and judge, and also a retired educator and ed. administrator, I agree wholeheartedly with Judge [Sarah] Singleton’s interpretation of the contract issue. Once a commitment to the third year is entered, one has their third consecutive year of employment and due process rights. In my humble opinion, EVERY professional should have due process rights from day one, but that is another issue entirely.