Letters to the editor, May 17, 2017
Our mogul-in-chief operates on the premise that our constitutional system of checks and balances should function as a corporate board of directors — rubber stamp what the CEO advises and ask no intrusive questions. Add to this will to absolute power the unalterable fact that this is a willfully ignorant man — devoid of humility and moral scruples — and you have the inevitable onset of an ongoing constitutional crisis.
Our constitutional system is being tested. Will Republican members of Congress, who are duly sworn to uphold the Constitution, continue to put party fealty to a sitting president above the interests of the country — such interests served, in this instance, by the naming of a special prosecutor? They must be persuaded to do so or risk losing their cushy seats at the governing table.
Barbara Allen Kenney
The clown show in the White House has taken a dark and dangerous turn toward despotism. The unceremonious firing and subsequent defamation (via Twitter) of highly respected former FBI Director James Comey in the middle of an FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump camp and the Russians has shaken the nation’s confidence in Donald Trump’s supposed leadership, and it has global implications. Trump is attempting to subvert the U.S. justice system with an assault on our Constitution not seen since Watergate. Trump is a pathological liar and fraud and he is becoming increasingly unstable. He likely will attempt to draw attention away from the investigation by launching a war with North Korea as his only recourse. Those Republicans who remain blind to Trump’s actions against the United States and ignore the growing crescendo of calls for his impeachment do so at their own peril.
Drinking and driving
This past Friday, The MASTERS Program Early College Charter School experienced an incredible assembly on DWI — one that brought most of us to tears more than once. Erica Abeyta of the Santa Fe Community College Student Wellness Action Team arranged for Judge George Anaya Jr. of Santa Fe Magistrate Court to hold his court on the campus of Santa Fe Community College to sentence two DWI offenders who had the courage to appear before more than 200 people. Not only did we witness their sentencing, but each of the defendants read us a statement that was deeply personal and heartbreaking, a clear warning to all of us of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving. Two state policemen also spoke from their hearts about what they have experienced, as did Anaya and a young woman who had been caught driving with alcohol in her system. We left with heavy hearts about this terrible issue in our community and with renewed awareness of what we need to do to prevent more destruction. Thank you to everyone who made this happen.
head of school
The MASTERS Program
Early College Charter High School
Cost of living
Taxing food? I have a better idea: Why not tax the air we breathe?
On March 4, 2014 (“Halt the making of a fat cat mayor,” Our View, May 11), we, the citizens of Santa Fe — by 58 percent to 42 percent — approved Charter Amendment 9, establishing a full-time mayor “to receive a salary of at least $74,000 a year.” Three years later, we have a commission recommending a salary of at least $145,000. The voters approved the $74,000 — not the current figure. Can you say bait and switch?
Two cities for comparison: Los Angeles pays Mayor Eric Garcetti a salary of about $237,000 per year. New York City pays Mayor Bill de Blasio $225,000 per year. How can anyone even think of paying our mayor more than $85,000 or $90,000? That amount is about 40 percent of what these big-city mayors are paid for many, many times the responsibility. That seems sufficient to me. Speak up now or forever be overcharged.
Sky’s the limit
Our mayor’s job is all-consuming. He is asked to meet with people all day to hear about issues and make decisions. People email and text him constantly. We want him to solve every problem from potholes and pollution to policing. He’s expected to attend events all weekend and every night. We’re lucky to have him. If we want to keep our high standards for public officeholders, we need to pay them as much as possible.
Santa Fe Film
and Digital Media Commission
The recent chemical attack (“U.S. launches strikes on Syria in response to chemical attack,” April 7) is horrific, to be sure, whoever is responsible. War is horrific. When we respond to killing by killing more people, we only guarantee there will be further killing.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has done exactly what the United States would do if faced with another civil war, i.e., fight the rebels. In addition, America’s actions have been responsible for prolonging the dying and suffering of the Syrian people, and the millions of refugees from Syria and other states in the Middle East. Yes, our country says we supported the rebels to promote democracy. Yet, all we have done is prolong the fighting and dying.
Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Editor’s note: On Sunday, we published an opinion piece on the soda tax by a Michael T. Greene (“So, who is morally superior, My View, May 14). He is a retired educator. He is not the Michael T. Greene of Sam Goldenberg & Associates.