The Interface, Sept. 9: “A Lasting Vision”

Vital Part of Future

Thank you so much Julia for that terrific story about Luke Spangenberg and the SFCC Trades and Advanced Technology Center.  Luke was such a vital part of all those programs that work in the present and look to the future.  You captured his work and his spirit so well.

Linda Siegle
Santa Fe Community College Governing Board

Online, Sept. 9: “Go for Reorganization”

No Confidence

When we voted Alan Webber as our first full-time mayor for city different, it's exactly how it felt. Different. I agree with our city government's union decision of having "No Confidence" in our "mayor" and this feeling goes way beyond city staff-constituents too. My father in law best put it "Webber is the democratic version of Trump and Aaron Burr alike. You can't trust what they say or see where they stand."

We need change in our city to help the future. I have no confidence in our city elected officials to make the tough decisions to impact for our future.

Carlo Fernandez
Santa Fe

Books, Aug. 4: “The land and the people”

Version of History

With regard to Molly Boyle's "Reading the Arroyo," I will point out that it is yet more unbalanced  media reporting, which, combined with local political one-sided favoritism, and often siding with the Native American, Red Nation and three-Sisters side, has led to enabling of continuing defacing of historical statues, racism, threats and hypocrisy. Thus, Boyle here, failed to report all facts of the retaliatory battle against the Acomas; the fact that Native historian Joe Sando wrote in "Po'Pay"—that the Spanish did not remove the Natives from their Pueblos, as, conversely, was the case with the Anglo American removals of Navajo and Apache, and most Eastern Indians from their homelands to "West of the Mississippi."

Additionally, as reported by Santa Fe's second Archbishop Salpointe, the American Army killed more Natives during the first 50 years of their takeover of New Mexico, then the Spanish during 300 years of Spanish settlement. Also, beginning with the 1693 Entrada and throughout 400 years of Spanish settlement, there were many instances of Spanish-Pueblo military alliances, friendships, work projects, teachings, baptisms and marriages. The Santa Fe Fiesta changed many historical Fiesta aspects—and as always, kept the pueblos incorporated into Fiestas.

Elmer E. Maestas