There’s no ignoring the ‘bloody stains of slavery’

August 16, 2017 GMT

Regarding Charlottesville, Va.: As a native Virginian, and as a great-great-great-great-niece of Confederate Gen. Jeb Stuart, I decry the violence by alt-right, white supremacist and Nazi-sympathizer groups. Despite my Southern heritage, I applaud Charlottesville’s decision to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

For those who want such statuary to remain across the South, a humanitarian alternative would be also to fund and support larger-than-life-size emblems dedicated to the many slaves, abolitionists and others who suffered under, or who fought against, slavery. I do not want to see history rewritten, and many resources remain for learning about the Civil War, such as The American Civil War Museum and White House of the Confederacy, in Richmond. To sentimentalize the past ignores the bloody stains of slavery on the fabric of the United States. And if we allow the spread of ignorance and hatred such as shown in Charlottesville, our society is truly doomed.

Susan Haynes

Santa Fe


Using imagery that associates black people with monkeys or apes is a reprehensible tactic to dehumanize and denigrate a race of people (“Community organizer sends racially charged image to online critic,” Aug. 3). Such imagery was used historically to justify atrocities like slavery and lynchings. Sadly, such imagery still surfaces today to denigrate African- American political leaders and inflame sensitive issues such as police treatment of African-Americans and overrepresentation of African-Americans in prisons. A person like Gloria Mendoza who thinks racist imagery is a joke, tolerable free speech or someone’s quirky style doesn’t belong in City Hall. The last thing we need right now is one more clueless, disrespectful politician.

Evonne “Bonnie” Olson

Santa Fe

Trump’s a duffer

On Oct. 13, 2014, Donald Trump tweeted, “Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.” According to an NBC news report, as of July, Trump had spent 21 percent of his days as president at a golf course. Is that par for the course? Guess.

Albo P. Fossa

Santa Fe

Rein Trump in

Recently, I awoke to the alarming news that President Donald Trump’s tit-for-tat dialogue with North Korea was quickly escalating to potentially dangerous levels. Someone take this man’s cellphone (and any other means he has for expressing his off-the-cuff views) away from him. I’m calling for Congress to reach a consensus and rein in our president. I’m also wondering if anyone else is interested in marching against current Trump administration policies.

Susan Webster

Santa Fe

Not so enchanting

When I first read Walter Howerton’s ridiculous ranting invective about Pancakes on the Plaza, I figured there would be an onslaught of letters excoriating him (“Pancakes and potholes — our beloved Santa Fe,” Letters to the Editor, July 30). However, I have only seen responders praising his letter.

Therefore, I need to put Mr. Howerton in his place. Mr. Howerton, if you have a factual rational argument as to why lactose-intolerant people should not be considered at the July 4 pancake breakfast, I invite you to offer it. You have not done so. Instead, you have leveled an emotional, irrational diatribe against a legitimate problem, which could easily be addressed, just as they previously offered vegetarian sausage. When you do, I will be happy to debate you on an adult basis. I am assuming that you are unable to do so because your emotional philippic shows that you don’t have any rational arguments to give. (By the way, I am not lactose intolerant.)

Richard Shapiro

Santa Fe

For affordable care

On behalf of the American Lung Association in New Mexico, I thank New Mexico’s Democratic Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall for standing up and protecting health care for New Mexico residents living with lung disease.

The Senate’s health care bill would have harmed the millions of Americans who need health care as part of their daily battle against lung diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer, and Heinrich and Udall were right to vote against it.

We are hopeful that now the Senate can work together in a bipartisan way to improve our nation’s health care system and ensure that all Americans have quality and affordable care.

Bill J. Pfeifer

executive vice president

Southwest Region

American Lung Association


Impacted by methane

Ryan Flynn (“The full story on methane,” My View, July 30), raised several points about New Mexico’s economy that are more than familiar to people who spend time in the Capitol during our legislative sessions. They’re the same tired talking points industry lobbyists (and their revolving door counterparts in the Martinez administration) have been deploying for years. New Mexico communities deserve serious-minded solutions to the problems the state faces, not the same old rhetoric and unsubstantiated personal attacks.

Capturing methane waste is important because communities in New Mexico live with its harmful effects every day. A methane cloud hangs above the Four Corners that can be seen from space. These folks were completely left out from Flynn’s piece or concerns. These are the people we should be listening to, not industry lobbyists.

Demis Foster

executive director

Conservation Voters New Mexico

Santa Fe