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March 31, 2014, 12:00 am

Cover, March 26:  “Woops WIPP”

Blinded by the Light

Personally, I believe it is entirely inappropriate to be chilling public awareness by posting an article poking fun at the WIPP disaster. At no point is it ethical to interview multiple WIPP workers, like James Conca, and not balance the report out with real medical facts from doctors completely unconnected to WIPP, the EPA and the DOE. You were a quarter of the way to a good and balanced report, and then you sold out to becoming nothing more than a public relations piece for WIPP. 

In addition, the word “radiation” does not scare people. People have lived with microwave ovens in their homes for decades now. To downgrade public concerns as nothing more than fear of radiation is absurd. A news article has to either be completely tongue-in-cheek as the hilarious cartoon and title suggests, or it has to be completely factual and based in reality. To combine the two in favor of WIPP is completely unethical and unprofessional.

Karen Sherry Brackett

WIPP, There it is

You don’t have to guess: Radiation brings cancer. You shouldn’t be surprised that those with their hands in the pot getting money will lie straight to your face. Just like they did to the residents of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties [in California]. In the case of WIPP, plutonium was released into the air around WIPP. If people like Conca think it’s so safe, have them drink water with plutonium in it to prove it.

Dave Lucas

News, March 26:  “Desperate game”

What it Takes

It’s always important for a suitor to not appear “desperate” when looking for an long-term relationship. In this regard, it’s in our best interest to exude confidence in courting our latest object of desire, Tesla Motors. New Mexico, as we all know, is no 98 IQ weakling in the science department, with technological muscles to flex ranging from Los Alamos and Sandia Labs to New Mexico Tech. So, let’s not be insecure of competing states kicking their larger financial incentives in our face when we have more than it takes to woo Tesla right into our lap.

While size may matter, there are other ways to make the Land of Enchantment the most attractive choice for this highly innovative automaker. The foremost being recent breakthroughs in cold fusion and low-energy nuclear reaction—a developed technology that is green and clean (no radiation or toxic by-products), inexhaustible and virtually free. With this in action, there would be no reason for Tesla car owners to park their vehicles outside Whole Foods at a charging station—the electrical power generation would be “on-board.”

If we do our due diligence quickly, Tesla will soon be telling its other suitors, “Hasta la vista, baby.”

Richard Dean jacob
Santa Fe

Gimme a Little Sign

Not only do I want to know what tax subsidies Gov. Martinez is planning to give Tesla, but also the impact it will have on our environment. How much water is this company going to need to produce its product and more importantly, what is their plan for disposing the toxic chemicals it uses to produce their batteries?

Ann Maes


Cover, March 19:  “Top 10 Water Guzzlers!”

Dirty Water

Thanks for your article on water guzzlers. Where I work in Albuquerque, there are expansive green lawns planted in front of apartment buildings and assisted living facilities. They plant grass in the medians in the roads too, and it all gets watered a lot. Much of the time, the water hits the streets and sidewalks, and nobody cares much. Except me, I think. Maybe because I’m from Santa Fe.


Picks, March 26:  “Other Bands Play...”

Metal Meltdown

Good article! This show is going to be awesome!

Anna Medina


Music, March 26: “The Proposal”


Re: “To put it bluntly, everyone is jumping ship because the elderly, along with the greedy landlords and businessmen...” Whoa! How can you paint all landlords and businessmen with the same brush? And blaming “the elderly” for a lack of nightlife is sad. Yes, there are lots of older people here—but whenever a venue geared to young people shuts down, whose fault is that? With several colleges in town, there should be enough young people to support a live-music venue, but if they really came out in droves, why have so many places closed? 

It’s a bit tiresome to hear about how there is no nightlife here, because obviously it depends on how you are defining nightlife. I know times have changed, but is it really true that young people don’t want to do anything except go to a club and listen to music? That’s not to say you shouldn’t strive to have more music venues, but open your minds a bit and see what else is out there—this city really does have a lot to offer.


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