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National emergency is not the border, but the president

March 4, 2019 GMT

The national emergency is not at the southern border, as has been made clear by the officials in border states. Sadly, the national emergency is this president, who ignores the real crises in the U.S., such as 1 in 5 children living in poverty, homelessness; the opioid epidemic, gun violence, deteriorating infrastructure; threats from foreign states; and thousands of migrant children separated from their families.

This “national emergency” is a power move by the executive to bypass Congress, ignoring the separation of powers to seize money from other sources to build a wall that is neither needed nor wanted, and does not address immigration reform in any meaningful way. The office of the presidency is not a throne or an empire — unless it is enabled by complicity or silence.

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Michael J. Adee

Santa Fe

Opportunity knocks

The Energy Transition Act now being debated in the New Mexico Legislature requires 50 percent renewable electricity by 2030, 80 percent by 2040 and 100 percent carbon-free by 2045. It also lowers Public Service Company of New Mexico’s customer rates, provides $40 million for economic development in San Juan County and for worker compensation and retraining or apprenticeships for disadvantaged communities, and directs 450 megawatts of power in San Juan County to replace the coal plant’s property-tax base (“Saving San Juan?” Feb. 27).

Without passage of the Energy Transition Act — Senate Bill 489 — the San Juan Generating Station has a greater likelihood of remaining open, and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission doesn’t have the low-cost financing tool to create funding for workers or the Four Corners community. We also wouldn’t have the transformational new renewable energy requirements.

This is the last year this option will be available for closing the San Juan Generating Station, so it’s critical we take advantage of this opportunity. Please urge your legislators to support the Energy Transition Act.

Mary Ray Cate

Santa Fe

Stopping before cruising

In past times, when coming to a stop sign, drivers stopped. I see times have changed at the intersections of Agua Fría and DeFouri streets and Alto and Closson streets. I am amazed at the number of cars daily cruising through these intersections, where the streets are narrow and many streets have blind spots.

Cathi Haga

Santa Fe

Love, respect and safety

Our children need the best of care when we have to work. It is of the utmost of importance that our children be in the hands of caring and warm caregivers who will treat our children with love and respect and safety. Please help to make this affordable for all parents. It is the least that we can do to take care of our children.

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Nina Lerner

Santa Fe

Mayhem getting worse

Of all of the identifiable groups of people that have emerged over the centuries, none have been more unilaterally mistreated, denied basic civil rights or scapegoated than those people who are, or are considered to be, mentally ill.

When violent tragedies like school shootings occur, the public demands action. It’s easy to scapegoat the mentally ill. Restricted person and preventive detention laws have been around for decades, yet the mayhem is getting worse, not better. Scapegoating the mentally ill is not going to solve the problem of violence in our society. The bottom line is, narcissistic solutions rarely solve real problems.

Brian Williams

Santa Fe

Getting on board

Do we need a Green New Deal? Yes, indeed we do. I want New Mexico to be a strong part of the move toward a more sustainable and healthy planet, and we need our senators and representatives to get on board. You read about the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and water contamination in Clovis. You know China is taking almost no recyclable plastic from the U.S., and therefore more U.S. cities are not recycling plastic and instead they are burning plastic waste, which poisons the air. Are we kidding ourselves? Polluting the planet is scary, but doing something about the problem is energizing. Yes, we need a Green New Deal.

Elizabeth West

Santa Fe

Policy incoherence

For the life of me, I can’t understand what the House Democrats are doing on tax policy. (“House Dems rework proposal on tax overhaul,” Feb 26). On the one hand, they want to give away tax credits to the Hollywood moguls of Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Malibu. On the other hand, they want to raise income taxes on the middle- and upper-income earners of Hobbs, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. I don’t get it, especially when nearby Texas has no income tax at all, and the state is swimming in revenue. It seems to me that the Roundhouse has become a theme park for policy incoherence.

David Shulman

Santa Fe

Shocked and dismayed

I was shocked and dismayed to read the letter by Dr. Rafal Proban (“Keep physicians involved in anesthesia,” Feb. 16). His letter, in my opinion, was utterly irresponsible in its content.

Dr. Proban gives no discernible backing to his allegation that New Mexico Senate Bill 222 would decrease the quality of anesthesia care provided to our citizens of this great state. Proban does not care about providing health care for all in a cost-effective manner with highly qualified anesthesia nurse practitioner providers, and is not interested in quality of life and adequate health care coverage for our citizens. Dr. Proban doesn’t want a qualified anesthesia nurse practitioner administering your anesthetic because that takes dollars out of his wallet. There aren’t enough health care providers here for our citizens, and Dr. Proban wants to keep it that way.

Sam Kochansky, Ph.D.

certified registered nurse anesthetist

Albuquerque

Rolling Stones wisdom

“Puppets?” “Not treated as equals?” Gee, we didn’t get those complaints over all the past years of Republican Party power plays (“Behaving like puppets,” Letters to the Editor, Feb. 17). Guess the shoe is on the other foot now, eh? Wooza wooza. And the saddest part? The continuing we-versus-them attitude, instead of how to work together to solve issues for the people. This also means understanding you can’t always get what you want, but you might get what you need, if the goal is truly problem-solving. And outcomes may mean compromise, which does not translate into taking things personally as in winners and losers.

J. Taub

Santa Fe

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