Santa Fe won’t be the same without its Bite
It is with genuine sadness, even a sense of personal loss, that I read of the closing of Santa Fe Bite (“Final bow for this Bite,” Sept. 20). I — all of us — will miss this special presence in our town. Bonnie and John Eckre are good folks and good citizens. It is hard to imagine Santa Fe without them; we shall have to do so, but it won’t be easy.
In our early years of creating and building KSFR (Santa Fe Public Radio), the Eckres were enthusiastic supporters and good friends. And, of course and for sure, their burgers are positively the stuff of legend. Without a doubt, these good folks deserve lives of their own and for themselves. We certainly wish them many years of good health and enjoyment.
Sill, we will miss their pleasant demeanor, wonderful food and the cheerful greeting and conversation. Thank you, Bonnie and John. Perhaps I will indulge in your bed and breakfast one day. For sure, I will indulge in at least one more burger — or several! — before you leave us. The very best to you.
Before the National Rifle Association pushed through a law to prevent research on the effect of guns on violence, there was considerable evidence that death by suicide and homicide among gun owners was far more prevalent than the use of guns for protection from outsiders. Republicans and even some Democrats are willing to ignore this. Only if we can elect an enlightened president with an enlightened Congress will it be possible to have enlightened gun laws.
This means, of course, that enlightened voters must come out in maximum numbers. It’s clear that Trump voters are committed to their positions, and arguments to the contrary will be labeled “fake news.” With this in mind, we must count on Democrats and independents to realize how high the stakes are, and every last one must vote.
While I’m very glad to welcome in a colder, snowier winter for the benefit of all our Santa Fe neighbors who earn their living in the ski industry, just once, I’d be grateful for an article that stresses what this enhanced moisture will do for our water supply as well (“Forecast: Wetter winter and fall on the way,” Sept. 22). There was absolutely no mention of this in your article, and therefore I think the paper is sidestepping its journalistic responsibility to raise everyone’s awareness of the environmental crisis we in the Southwest are facing at this critical moment of drought-intensifying climate change. Where do you think our water comes from, if not that blessed snow?
Be kind to gophers
Instead of breaking their spines, the city of Santa Fe needs to manage our gophers in our public spaces humanely. Animal cruelty is a cultural product. We grew up with it. It’s easy to continue our old ways. Social welfare professionals recognize the link between animal abuse and other social ills. Thankfully, our culture is changing, and we all have a role to play in safeguarding the web of life that surrounds us. The city now has a law requiring prairie dog relocation when construction threatens. We need a parks, recreation and open space commission to help direct the public will to press forward with cultural change for our health and the health of the animals we live with, including gophers. At the least, our parks department should request bids for nonlethal removal. It also needs to be recognized that the habitat will attract gophers again.