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Who do we want as U.S. president in 2020?

January 7, 2019

In my letters (each month) I aim to discuss a currently significant issue, only if I can offer ideas for improvement. At the moment, I’m stuck. It seems that our country is at a political standstill. A significant portion of the populace is Republican, and a vast majority of those Republicans are reported to look up to a madman as their leader.

The rest of us are not at all sure how to cope with the inevitable ongoing disaster. Impeachment won’t work with a Republican Senate majority. It seems likely that we’ll have wait for the 2020 election. That means we need a charismatic, highly qualified candidate for president. With a lot of hats already in the ring, it’s not too early to begin the search, even though the primaries are pretty far in the future.

I’m thinking former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg could be the one, but outgoing Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, also has promise.

Bill Maxon

Santa Fe

Confusing history

I believe the “Where Old Mexico Meets New Mexico” banner shown by Columbus, N.M., Mayor Esequiel Salas is historically incorrect, confusing our history (“Border town invaded by Pancho Villa rejecting talk of troops,” Nov. 22).

Many of Spain’s discovered territories were known as New Spain, including far-reaching parts of the U.S. beyond the Southwest and islands into the seas. The Spanish named this local distant northern territory New Mexico, hoping to discover “new” treasures akin to the riches found with Mexica Aztec from the locality of Mexico City, named by Spain for the Mexica.

New Mexico had its own name, history and boundary 250 years before our neighbor to the south. New Mexico predated the new republic, which was not formed until 1821. Settlements in New Mexico were in isolated areas north up to Socorro, home to preserved cultures of the Pueblo Indians and Spanish settlers. Southern New Mexico later was settled by Mexican populations subsequent to independence from Spain.

History does not document “Old Mexico.” New Mexico is officially recorded.

Patricia Ortiz

Santa Fe

Firing back

Mitt Romney, incoming Republican U.S. senator from Utah, attacked Donald Trump’s character in a recent Washington Post op-ed (“Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short,” Jan. 1), which also was published in The New Mexican last week. Could this be a sign of a challenge in the yet-to-be-announced 2020 Republican presidential sweepstakes?

Frank Bennett

Santa Fe

State and faith

I have one thing in common with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. We are both graduates of St. Michael’s High School. One thing I learned from the Christian Brothers was my Catholic faith.

Yet Lujan Grisham is pro-choice. She has said she would support legislation to repeal the abortion ban law that has stood in New Mexico for almost 50 years. She also has said she supports different end-of-life options for people, and a bill likely will be heard at the next legislative session.

The fact that her inaugural ceremonies included a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was troubling to me, since she openly stands against certain Catholic teachings.

Gilbert L. Pino

Santa Fe