Cover, December 20: “2018 Resolutions”

Mira Look

Speaking of New Year's resolutions—I have never seen our skies so blanketed with chemtrails (or geo-engineering, as some prefer). Is anyone paying any attention or talking about this?
Ani Fosler
Santa Fe

News, December 20: “SFR v Martinez—Still”

Cheer and Boo

While I cheer your minor victory in this case, I must admit I object with your accusation that "Trump goes to war with news organizations that scrutinize him." Your using the word "scrutinize" is wrong and is an example of how many in the press target Trump negatively rather than do honest reporting.

Maybe the press doesn't actually lie but most news organizations twist news to reflect negatively on Trump … or simply by not reporting all the facts, just reporting facts that portray Trump negatively.

Instead of using "scrutinize" you should, if you were honest and unbiased, have said, "Trump goes to war with news organizations that distort or twist news stories to dishonestly reflect negatively on Trump."

That would be truthful rather than fake news. It's obvious most of the press are grossly liberal and are attempting to build disapproval of Trump among the public.

God bless Trump and all the good he is doing.
Ralph Anderson
Des Plaines, Illinois

News, December 20: “How Many Times”

Head on the Wall

There is a huge difference being adamant, on the one hand, re: SFR's records requests suit towards the governor's office and the likes that don't want to share, to be open and transparent, especially in this here political climate.

However, seeing your enthusiasm spoiled by requests for interviews not given and flagellating yourself over and over is, frankly, childish.

There is no law that states any person, private or in office, has to speak to you, much less on your terms. Period!
Simply adding to your research the fact that your person of interest has not responded to multiple requests for dialogue is enough to make the reader get it. And get it they will.

What irks me tremendously so is … that your display of self-importance has to be carried out on the backs of us all, the taxpayer. We all have to foot the bill for the governor's counsel in all this litigation. Why, may I ask, not turn to using readers' resources more carefully with more predictable outcomes in mind. Stop running head-on into the wall on my dime.
Thom Holzer
Santa Fe

Letters, December 20: “Not Up to Us”

Potty Language!

In responding to Nicoletta Munroe, you note "… corporations that don't value community journalism." Perhaps what they don't value is the SFR's consistent use of potty language, including the f-word as a descriptive adjective—a consistent descriptor in the movie reviews as well as throughout your publication. …

This is "community journalism"? You think our community wants expletive-laced journalistic narratives as a norm? Santa Fe has a Newspapers In [Education] program, but because of your writers' poor writing skills and consistent use of profanity we will never be able to use your publication in our public schools. Teachers in Santa Fe Public Schools strive to improve our students' descriptive, narrative, and persuasive writing skills. We never teach them to use the f-word or any profanity. Shame on you!
Anne M McGovern
Santa Fe

Enthusiast, Dec. 20: “Carrying Big Sticks”

Don’t Downplay

Writing to you as the "anonymous tipster" who initiated this article (no longer anonymous), I must express my deep disappointment at the light-hearted way in which SFR chose to portray this threat to our sacred mountain forests. Both of the Forest Service employees whom I led to the teepees viewed it as a serious threat, especially in light of the burned-out fire rings in many of the teepees. The article did not mention the fact that the perpetrators of this insanity have also cut down many young aspens and stripped fir trees of their branches to cover parts of the wooden teepees. I hope the Forest Service will implement a plan to counter this threat. At a time when forest fires are ravaging much of the West, we must take any potential forest fire threat seriously.
Joseph McKenna
Santa Fe

Hut Love

I have been visiting the huts in Aspen Vista for the past four years. They have been a place of solace and celebration, where I have gone to write and read, have in-depth conversations with friends, and mourn the loss of my loved ones. I am deeply grieved to hear that they are in danger of being taken down, as they have been an extremely special place for me. The huts are often the first place I take anyone visiting Santa Fe, and they have deep meaning for myself and others.

I am disappointed by the tipster who seeks to destroy these sacred spaces out of fear. … This tipster proves to be a classic case of someone wanting to destroy something they don't understand, when in actuality it gives great joy and meaning to other people. I am sad for the huts and everyone who has gone to them for serenity. I advocate for their conservation, as their loss means that I and many others will have to search for new places in nature that act as safe, sacred spaces.
Katie Johnson
Santa Fe

News, December 13: “Water Woes”

Emotional Convo

The Southwest is ground zero for climate change, with—according to all data—insufficient water for the current population, much less a likely doubling mid-century. That includes on the Rio; on the Southwest's lifeblood, the Colorado; and aquifers, drawing down faster than they can recharge.

Absent acknowledgement of the resource or environmental implications—especially by national media now owned by those who want endless growth—ours is one of just eight nations fueling half of all growth on the planet. …

Clinton's Council on Sustainability said immigration should never fuel growth. Yet, thanks to leaders from both parties—more interested in winning short-term votes by embracing endless immigration than considering the common-sense well-being of the nation—they ignore where the Southwest, the nation's fastest-growing region, will find water.

Today the Southwest is over 40 million souls and powering towards 60 million mid-century. Because immigration is so emotionally charged, that's a conversation many, quite irresponsibly do not want to have.
Kathleene Parker
White Rock

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