Letters to the editor, April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017 GMT

I was appalled to see the Catholic Church and Mayor Javier Gonzales collaborate in an attempt to pass the soda tax (“Priest’s call prompts archdiocese to weigh in, endorse soda tax,” April 20). Whatever happened to “separation of church and state?” I have been a Catholic for my entire life and I have never heard a priest stand at the pulpit and encourage their children to stay involved with school. Maybe if the Church would approach the issue of education head-on from the pulpit, there would be no need early childhood education in Santa Fe. If the Church is going to start weighing in on political issues, maybe it is time it start paying its fair share of taxes.

Alan Richardson

Santa Fe

Pay up or

This letter does not concern the soda tax, which I — along with everyone else in the county — have become sick and tired of hearing about day-in and day-out for weeks now. It concerns the inappropriate intrusion of the Roman Catholic Church into the matter (“Priest’s call prompts archdiocese to weigh in, endorse soda tax,” April 20). If the Roman Catholic Church wishes to officially weigh in on behalf of candidates and causes, then it should register with the state as a lobbying organization and pay property and income taxes.

S.E. Fisher

Santa Fe

Those pesky pests

Pest season is here. I want to offer some suggestions when hiring a professional. Hire somebody who will inspect your house and property and look for areas that encourage pests. They will likely make recommendations, like sealing openings around pipes, picking up litter on the ground and trimming tree branches touching your roof. They will only apply pesticides if they find a pest infestation. Don’t let anyone just spray the baseboard areas in your home or business. That is just a gimmick so you think you are getting your money’s worth. Don’t allow anyone just power-spray pesticides around your home as that will kill more beneficial insects than pests and is not good for the ecosystem. Pesticides should only be applied if a pest is present — not to prevent them.

Also don’t let any spray herbicides unless they can positively identify the weeds they are spraying. If you see a city vehicle spraying herbicides, stop and ask them what the weeds are they are spraying. If they don’t know or won’t tell you, contact the city.

Richard Fagerlund

Las Cruces

Fathers and daughters

I just met a woman canvassing against the soda tax. She has a child in pre-K and a father with diabetes. Does she want fewer children to have the opportunity her child has and more people with her dad’s disease? I voted for our children and their better health.

Kim Straus

Santa Fe

Tax the makers

For years, I have supported the idea of a similar sugary-drinks tax — but with a major distinction. I envisioned imposing a tax on companies that choose to create products with high fructose corn syrup, etc. This would disincentivize these manufacturers from producing more detrimental forms of their products. If they bore the burden for the quality and health effects of their products they would produce them more conscientiously. Taxing the people at the bottom of the totem pole does not achieve these ends, and the companies will continue on as before.

Anthe A. Kelley

founder, Akasha Yoga School

and Healing Arts Studio

Santa Fe

A serious matter

I passionately view this tax on soda as an absolute guilt trip — let’s rob Peter to pay Paul. Then let’s poison people with artificial sweeteners — aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose and saccharin — to name a few. Look at your city-approved diet soda drink (Coke, Pepsi, etc.) to learn your poison of choice.

Check out the negative health effects of these lab-manufactured fake sugars that can lead to metabolic confusion in the body, creating food addictions and overeating disorders, diabetes (in the case of saccharin), disruption of intestine flora and fauna causing the body to overabsorb glucose (i.e., gain weight) as a defense. They are even linked to cancer in many studies.

Being an alternative healer, seldom do I find problems with sugar in the diet of my patients. Sugar is not the culprit. I view eating meat as the real culprit in the cause of disease. How about a tax on processed meat? Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to tax cake, cookies and candy.

Tobi Wilde

Santa Fe