Watch what they do — not what they say

March 7, 2018 GMT

With all of the sleight of hand, mixed messages, outright lies, sorta white lies and the other outrageous shenanigans that define Washington, D.C. and the current White House, we must all be vigilant. Day by day, our rights, privileges and protections are being eroded. What is really going on behind the scenes as the Trump Theatrical Players have us looking one way while the magic trick takes place somewhere else? This skillful misdirection is serious and appalling. Lest we be fooled and become fools, we must focus clearly on the show, not the sideshows. Thankfully, we still have a vigilant press that continues to keep us focused on the real news, the real actions, in real time. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says frequently: “Watch what they do, not what they say.”

Saying and doing are two completely different actions. Please be aware and beware. Watch closely and be vigilant.

David LaPlantz


Santa Fe

Cloaked fascism

Some great and prescient person once said, “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Well, folks, if Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech means anything, it means that fascism is clearly here. What are we going to do about it?

David King

Santa Fe

Better energy

An active, man-made volcano squats on a dormant natural volcano. Like a lucky cat with nine lives, for-profit Los Alamos National Laboratory has miraculously survived 75 years of countless problematic safety procedures with often lax regulation enforcement. Ongoing disclosures of violations seldom resulted in significant penalties or corrections. Yet a karmic underground toxic plume is inexorably creeping toward the Rio Grande.

Why do we need excessive amounts of expensive and deadly nuclear bombs with New Mexican triggers that could be launched by impulsive Donald Trump’s big button? Would New Mexicans survive a major plutonium accident at Los Alamos? Would it not be wiser to shift LANL’s focus more to its already positive medical, computer and renewable energy research programs? Our future needs additional in-depth exploration of safer Gaia-friendly energies rather than poisonous, overkill war weapons.

Gary Reynolds

Santa Fe

Realizing gifts


New Mexico is blessed with vast reserves of natural gas. Yet some elected leaders unfortunately only hear from one group of well-meaning, but often mislead believers who want to “only keep it in the ground.” This position is not only a waste of our resources, but it holds New Mexico’s economy hostage. Instead of drawing on the resources we are blessed with, they want these gifts to remain wrapped. A gift has no value unless it is opened and shared for the benefit of people. New Mexico leaders should make every effort to produce our natural resources safely. I hope and expect that New Mexico’s leaders in Washington, D.C., will support safe and clean natural gas for the benefit of all the New Mexican citizens they represent. Let’s realize these gifts in New Mexico.

A. Kurt Saenz

Santa Fe

Laughter best medicine

I am disappointed that Gov. Susana Martinez and the state GOP tried to make a political football out of Albuquerque’s Democratic Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto’s statement about folks with Parkinson’s disease nodding in affirmation to his comments (“Legislative roundup,” Jan. 31). I testified at the Senate Rules Committee’s session in support of state Senate Memorial 4 (asking UNM to create a movement disorders center). I appreciated Sen. Ivey-Soto’s effort to bring some humor to the otherwise serious proceedings.

Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for 16 years, I have learned to use humor to help me cope with this serious disease. In fact, many of my PD friends banter with a bit of joking about our situation. I call the head shaking my “bobble-head syndrome.” In Parkinson’s, it is actually a pharmacologically induced condition called dyskinesia, caused by the L-DOPA medication that manages our tremors and rigidity. But I prefer my description of this side effect. It might make light of a serious disease, but sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

Rob Barteletti

Santa Fe

Fitting punishment

CNN mentioned that David and Louise Turpin, the parents accused of abusing their 13 children in Southern California, were being held in jail for the charge of child endangerment. The children’s ages ranged from 2 to 29. Some were shackled to their beds. All were dirty, thin and severely malnourished. The charge of “child endangerment” is severely minimized and dismissive. Think about and try to feel what these children experienced for years, day after day. This is child torture. This is domestic terrorism and a crime against humanity. I am not suggesting rendering evil for evil, but I recommend, in addition to the standard sentence for their crime, that these parents each spend a month in a cell alone shackled to their bed with minimal food and no bathing. Some people only learn by experience.

John Moreau

Santa Fe