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December 21, 2016, 12:00 am

Letters, December 14: “Adios, Compadres”


Sometimes, doing what one thinks is right comes with consequences. Whether one is willing to suffer those consequences is a measure of how much one values the issue at hand. Santa Fe is a diverse city in every possible way—racially, sexually, religiously, economically, ideologically, etc.—so, while we would not push you [Mr. Bender] away because of your views, we understand that, for you, too, values sometimes demand a price: in this case, losing the well-known pleasure of visiting Santa Fe.

... To your point about being law-abiding, however, I have to disagree that the law is the final measure. Surely there must be laws that you find to be in conflict with some of your most strongly-held convictions. Perhaps you are pro-life, and find it necessary to disagree with Roe v. Wade. Or, to use a less current and more universally-embraced example: Hitler’s reign of terror was legal according to German law, but morally reprehensible.

... Sometimes the way to move forward as a culture is for a whole lot of people to break an unjust law, and to pay the unjust cost of doing so. That was the history of the Civil Rights movement, which most of us now recognize was deeply moral, while being unlawful.

I commend you for having the courage of your convictions, and being willing to pay the price for honoring them, even though I disagree with them. Life is so hard for so many people, and we in Santa Fe are, as you have seen, so lucky to live here. Many of us think ... it would be ungrateful and inhospitable of us to turn away those who see Santa Fe as a place to pursue their dreams to have a decent living and a future for their children.

Most of us were not born here. Though we may not have been “homeless [and] tempest-tost” before arriving, we know what a relief it is to finally find a welcoming home. It’s a feeling we’d like to share with those who most need it.

John McAndrew

Welcome, Henry!

Just finished reading Michael C Bender’s letter complaining about Santa Fe’s status as a “sanctuary” city, and his vow to never “darken your doorstep again.” I haven’t been to Santa Fe in 15 years—see you next summer.

Henry Daubresse
Kansas City, Missouri

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