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Elaine Malott

Letters to the Editor


February 22, 2017, 12:00 am

Letters, February 8: “Not So Fast”

No Moral Compass

Victoria Erhart, I truly mean no disrespect for the local employees of Wells Fargo, and the good volunteer work you all do in our community. I thank you.

But there are huge issues at stake here. Native Americans from many different tribes have been camped out in freezing weather in peaceful protest of this pipeline across their land, threatening the water supply of thousands. Though they have been peaceful, they have suffered serious harm at the hands of government authorities because they are standing in the way of oil industry profits.

Wells Fargo corporation and our new authoritarian government are not moved by non-violent protest. They don’t have a moral compass guiding their actions, the way their employees here in Northern New Mexico are guided to do good work. They will trample the people who get in their way in service to an industry that threatens the future of their own children and grandchildren. (70-degree temps in February?)

The only thing they understand is a loss of income. I hope you do not lose your job because of their greed. But I would like to see the city and individuals take their banking elsewhere, to financial institutions that have the same desire to do good work that you and your coworkers share.

David Camp
Santa Fe

Pointing Fingers

I most certainly blame local Wells Fargo employees for the corruption at this bank. Every time I went to Wells Fargo, they would push me to open more accounts. I knew there was something criminal going on and I would tell them so, every time. Tired of my complaining, they made a false report to the police to retaliate for my perceptiveness, claiming that I threatened them. Lucky for me, the responding officer saw through their slander, but it was another clear case of Wells Fargo’s dishonesty and abuse of power. Prevented from seeking justice in court, I have been waiting over eight months for the results of Wells Fargo’s arbitration process.

Even if some Wells Fargo employees did not directly participate in lying and stealing from millions of customers, I bet they were aware of it.

Let’s not forgive and forget corruption on such a grand scale. Wells Fargo should not be in business after proving it has no integrity.

Kelita Smith
Santa Fe

Food, February 8: “Trumptails”

One More for Ya

Kompromat: Equal parts Russian vodka and prostitute urine. Served over a dirty mattress.

Dylan Pommer
Santa Fe

Movies, February 8: “Death of an Attention Span”

We Just Didn’t Get It?

We are fortunate Santa Fe devotes so many movie screens to the international scene. There is no better movie-watching town anywhere.

The Salesman by Ashgar Fahradi … has been nominated for over a dozen international awards, and is Iran’s latest Oscar foreign film selection. I’d describe it as an enticingly layered drama that draws the viewer onward effortlessly. Your reviewer claims it’s boring.

In it, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is presented by a Tehran theater company. Here’s evidence of Iranians relating to our humanity; why don’t more Americans relate to theirs? The Salesman deals with the universal subjects of temptation and revenge. We are invited to watch as a man indulges his righteous indignation past the point of good sense. That’s an especially relevant topic these days.

Last week, Iran’s military conducted a ballistic missile test. Our leadership issued dire warnings. Your film writer skipped an opportunity to foster mutual understanding at a critical time, opting for lazy self-absorption instead. World cinema invites us to see that most everyone on earth, even our so-called “enemy,” is at least as moral, intelligent, and culturally well-endowed as we.

Stryder Simms
Santa Fe

Web Extra, February 8: “Rallying Cry”

Non-Lethal Approach

I am writing regarding the current status of wolves. Wolves have been trapped, poisoned, and shot into near-extinction at taxpayer expense to accommodate ranchers and other special interest groups. In 1998 there were only seven left. Last year alone they were reduced again by 20 percent. There are currently 97 left in two states.

I hike in the White Mountains. I have found two wolves that have been shot even with the Endangered Species Act still in effect. We need to introduce new wolves in an effort to deal with inbreeding.

The primary complaint is from ranchers. Ranchers pay approximately $14 a year to graze a cow and a calf on public land. Basically a free lunch. Keep the cows off public land. That is our land and it is where the wolves are released. There are numerous non-lethal ways to deal with this problem. Please consider them.

Patrick Stocks
Show Low, Arizona

Ethically Deplorable

”More Wolves!” was just one of many chants from about 200 people who gathered at the Roundhouse to convey their exasperation and outrage at Governor Martinez’ obstinate refusal to allow wolves to be released.

The lack of introducing unrelated wolves into the wild is a death knell for the struggling lobos. ... The debilitating effects on their population are smaller pup litters and lower survival rates, a direct result of wolves that are all interrelated. Captive-bred wolves have genes not represented in the wild, and are the lobos’ only hope for recovery.

Wolves deserve better. It is ethically deplorable that they be held hostage and used as political pawns by a governor who prefers to appease special interest groups. ... Gov. Martinez and her minions have continuously ignored science as well as the majority of New Mexicans who support wolf recovery. Without the genetic diversity that new, unrelated wolves would provide, our lobos remain on the precipice of a second extinction. Ultimately, the governor must reconcile her self-serving choices at the expense of what is moral and just.

Barbara Strack Garcia

Do Wolves Roost?

Thank you Elizabeth Miller for accurate and balanced reporting, and for a realistic assessment of the attendance numbers. Wolves may be coming home to roost if public support is any indication, and as the move away from animal proteins continues—especially beef. The frustration with politics and private interests, and the failure of a compromised business model to recognize consumer prowess with their purchasing options, will continue to favor wildlife interests. A healthier society on a number of levels will emerge. Factor in the struggling New Mexico economy and the need for revenues, the actual cash cow is tourism. Tourists will come to see, or hope to see, indigenous wildlife, especially a rare Mexican gray wolf. Like it or not, a paradigm shift is inevitable. The opposition against this progress will be unable to overcome the momentum. It’s not just coexisting favorably with indigenous wildlife, but hoping that some coexistence is still possible with consumers, who have the real leverage.

JE Newman

Balanced Forest

I am writing to urge you and your readers to support the immediate introduction of the Mexican gray wolf to our national forests.

I live in Tucson, Arizona, and have spent most of my life hiking and camping in our forest lands and I’ve passed this experience to my son and, now, my grandson. I’m proud to say, we all cherish the idea of wild animals, such as the Mexican gray wolf, living freely in our forests. We believe a healthy forest must include a balance of wildlife predators, such as wolves. Please help to maintain this balance by continuing the introduction of these wonderful animals to our forests!

Patrick Volle
Tucson, Arizona


The photo used in “Something Stylish is Happening in Santa Fe” (Feb. 25) is from photographer Jenn Carrillo. SFR regrets the omission of a credit.

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