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February 8, 2017, 12:00 am

Cover, February 1: “Our Schools are Drowning in Data”

It’s Not on the Test

There is no time to teach anymore. Teachers just have to skim through lessons so they don’t fall behind on the test schedule. Important things like civics, history and geography are being passed over because there is no time for meaningful discussion—and, hey ... It’s not on the test anyway.

Reformers have no clue what it takes to teach, and they seemingly have forgotten there are children’s futures at stake.

Corie Jones
Olympia, Washington

Best in the World

Thank you Matt Grubs. The elephant in the (class)room is poverty, and ridiculous data collection burdens are not going to fix it. When we adjust data for poverty, US schools—and teachers—are among the best in the world. Far-right politicians and profiteers have repeated the lie that public schools are “broken” for so long that too many believe it, and blame teachers for the failure of politicians to end poverty.

Cate Moses

News, January 18: “Cash Withdrawal”

Not so Fast

Before the City of Santa Fe divests itself from business dealings with Wells Fargo, the City Council and Mayor Gonzales should consider the following: In 2016, the 120 Wells Fargo employees in the North Central District (Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Española) contributed 1,771.5 hours of volunteer service to the Santa Fe community through their support of the American Cancer Society’s Black and White Ball, St. Elizabeth’s Shelter, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Wells Fargo employees also participated in citywide cleanup efforts in Santa Fe and Española. Wells Fargo provides educational resources to teach financial literacy in Santa Fe and Española. Please do not blame local Wells Fargo employees for decisions taken at the corporate level.

Victoria Erhart

Cover, January 18: “Chop Suey on San Francisco Street”

Deport Us from Mexico

Let’s hope and advocate that the Mexican president is wise and clever to learn from Mr. Trump. The Mexican government might set up a deportation back to America of all Americans who went to Mexico for tax breaks and “easy living.”

For those American deportees returning to their country of origin, there would be housing and jobs for them left behind by the millions of Mexicans and other South Americans who Obama had deported and Trump plans to deport. It would be a fair trade deal exchange of expat properties. …

This brings American taxpayers back to the US to participate in today’s vibrant society, to add deposits to banks, purchase health plans, boost home sales, lower gas prices and help build the Trump wall to keep Americans in.

Imagine the emptying of expats from San Miguel de Allende, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta!

James A McGrath
Santa Fe

Memories of Canton

See attached photo [left] of a menu from the New Canton Cafe. I grew up going to this amazing Chinese restaurant in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. I would walk across the street from my parents’ store, Bell’s Department Store, where I was greeted by Alice Gee, who always had a smile and was so kind to me. I was about 9 years old when the restaurant closed. The food was amazing, the longtime waitstaff were attentive and knew their patrons by name.

Oddly, the Canton Cafe lives on at Tia Sophia’s. The yellow napkin dispensers on each table are remnants from the Canton. I enjoyed reading your well-written article about Santa Fe’s diverse history.

Lance Bell
Santa Fe

Blue Corn, January 25: “Are You Taking Requests Today?”

Climate Change?

C’mon, Basler, quit complaining about the ice sheets on Santa Fe’s streets. These minor and temporary glaciers are not evidence that the city is ineffective or indifferent to street maintenance. Instead, they “establish Santa Fe as a leader in taking proactive measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change” (Santa Fe Climate Action Task Force, Objective 9). Let’s hope they last until May.

J Estes

News, January 25: “Unearthed, but Unseen”

Show us the Exhibit

It would not be too difficult to design and build a mini power grid using PV Solar paired with a battery backup. The Chaco area has plenty of reliable sun exposure.

Brian Siebert

News, February 1: “Aid in Dying”

New Best Friends

Your source has done the public a disservice. Their ordinary bait-and-switch campaign is demonstrated by their selling “must self-administer,” then they do not provide in their legislation for an ordinary witness of the “self-administration.” ...

The difference is that a witness would honor individuals’ rights and choices. Without a witness, it allows euthanasia. ...

This omission eviscerates the flaunted safeguards putting the entire population at risk of exploitation by the medical-industrial-complex, human trafficking by predatory corporations, organ traffickers, predatory heirs and “new best friends.” ... All of Oregon’s model laws/bills, including Hawaii’s, DC and Colorado’s non-transparent Prop 106, simply allow forced euthanasia.

Bradley Williams President,

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Mail letters to PO Box 2306, Santa Fe, NM 87504, deliver to 132 E Marcy St., or email them to Letters (no more than 200 words) should refer to specific articles in the Reporter. Letters will be edited for space and clarity.


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