News, August 29: “Leave the Driving”
Let him know
Folks seem to not remember that after Greyhound closed its station on St. Michael's Drive, it stopped at the Giant Station on St. Francis and Sawmill. That is a much more convenient location for Santa Feans than Eldorado, and is actually closer to I-25. The Route 6 bus line goes there every day except Sunday. Someone needs to inform Greyhound Corporate Regional Manager Ed van Heel of this.
Not so much
It's interesting Santa Fe is called "a world class city" but doesn't have an inter-state bus station or cab service. Many people refer to Uber or Lyft as hitchhiking. I've used cross-country buses in Brazil and Turkey. Everything from the bus stations to the buses were far superior than here. Try getting out of Santa Fe on a Sunday afternoon when you don't have a car.
Drinks Guide, Aug. 29: “Lucky 7”
Thanks for sharing your favorites. I love that Mojito Alegria from Tumbleroot! They don't skimp on the fresh mint, and the rum is made by hand with 100 percent organic ingredients. Yum.
Cover, September 5: “Was Debbie Right?”
Time has told
Debbie has [been] proven even more right today than she was 24 years ago. I worked for Mayor Jaramillo at City Hall … writing documents for public understanding of her initiatives. I found her forthright, an informed and energetic visionary, [and] honestly and passionately devoted to her causes. Many of us continue to appreciate what she accomplished in a short time for real down-home people.
Especially now, it is clear that Debbie's ideas, actions and passionate voice were right on the spot. She was true to the hearts of Santa Fe's people. While not a native, I've been a Santa Fean for some 50 years. Count me in as one of those true hearts.
Obvious empty spaces in our Mayor Portraits Wall on the ground floor at City Hall have annoyed me for years. If the current powers in city government don't have the moxie to restore Mayor Jaramillo's photograph where it belongs, I hereby volunteer my hands. The time is now.
Them’s fightin’ words
I've been a fan of Debbie's since I was a teenager. I'd watch every council meeting because of her. I'm 45 years old now and I still talk about her. She is by far the best mayor we have ever had. The mayors after her and the current mayor don't and will never hold a candle to her. I always wonder "what would Debbie say" [or] "I wonder what Debbie thinks" about decisions and how our city has fallen apart after she worked her butt off to save it. God bless you, Debbie. They don't deserve to have your picture hung up in City Hall. You were OUR mayor, not some bought-out, pussyfoot, ass-kissing mayor. Your legacy will forever live on. You are deeply missed. God bless you and your family.
Nothing like the memory and words of an old-fashioned unrepentant racist to make my weekend. So glad she's a relic of the past. Let's just make sure that she goes the way of confederate memorials going forward. Nice to see that others share these fond memories.
Knock it off
We need to stop being so divisive. Period. It's a shame that her photo is not at City Hall. Despite people's feelings towards her, she was the first female mayor in Santa Fe.
Hortencia T Benavidez
News, September 5: “Fiesta Dialogues”
Thank you to the Reporter for printing the "Fiesta Dialogue" summaries this past week. It's important to notice how the Hispanic, Native and white communities in Santa Fe gathered to consult and eliminate one of the most blatant expressions of colonialism and racism within the city. They did it peacefully through painful discussions, all with a deep love and care for what keeps Santa Fe special: our many fiestas and tourism. I have been saying for years the dark underbelly of Santa Fe is the incredible suffering resulting from colonialism inflicted on this region. It penetrates all of New Mexico's Indigenous peoples.
News, September 5: “Before There’s Smoke”
It is shocking to me that a project like this would go forward without a full Environmental Impact Study and public comment. Literally it seems to me that the US Forest Service is trying to bulldoze this project through. Cutting 90 percent of the trees is not "thinning"—it is deforestation and has not been proven to be a deterrent to wildfires. These are roadless public lands, and the public has a right to comment and an EIS is necessary.
Finally, some balanced reporting on this topic. Recent science has shown that prescribed burns and "thinning," aka logging, have a near 0 percent impact on preventing wildfires. They don't work. They are not based on science. The Trump-era Forest Service and the Republicans in Congress deny the reality of climate change. In reality, the forests they are destroying are not coming back. Logging and burning are for profit, not forests, and not public safety.
The Forest Service keeps repeating the same old lie, stated as fact in this article: "Prescribed burns have become a routine part of the Forest Service's effort to reverse conditions established by a century of wildfire suppression." Which century would that be? Fire suppression was practiced from 1935-1972, a period of low wildfire incidence. Since 1972, the FS has been burning and logging forests as fast as it can hand out the lucrative private contracts—and fires have increased dramatically in that period. The FS targets large-diameter trees while repeating the nonsense that they do the opposite. A walk through any forest they have destroyed is evidence enough of that.
Sam Hitt is right. "We have to treat these forests with the kind of respect that takes into account that the whole thing is alive and it knows what it's doing." And science supports him.
News, September 5: “Guad’s Work”
Couldn’t do it
Pretty much sums up why we moved our business in May after 14 years on Montezuma. It was one frustration after another, starting way back when construction began on Guadalupe Street in preparation for the Railyard development; Borders closing was another.
Too much party time
I live in the Railyard neighborhood. One reason I see for the lack of pedestrian traffic are all the drunks and panhandlers coming out of the park.
Anna Lucero Jones