Letters to the editor

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Bark for Life was a successful event
Editor:
The first Los Lunas American Cancer Society Bark for Life was a great success with 40 dogs and their owners walking the track to support the fight against cancer.
Guest speaker Michael Melarsie told us how much his service dog has helped him since the accident that left him blind.
We all enjoyed watching the dogs do their tricks, participate in doggie -sit, and the egg hunt. Many nice gifts were won thanks to donations made by Animal Hospital of Los Lunas, Sun Ranch Pet Hospital, Los Lunas Animal Clinic, Alpha Dog Pet Spa, Bar-Y Pet Hotel, Serenity Pet Spa, Paws in the Valley, Joe’s Pharmacy LLC, Old Mill Farm and Ranch and Valencia Animal Clinic.
We would like to thank Arrow Animal Hospital for providing emergency veterinary services; Keith Gentrym for his EMS service in case of an accident;  Los Lunas Walmart Relay for Life team, who provided our concession; and Diana Wong, our DJ and emcee for donating her time and equipment.
Thank you to  Jerry Cosper DVM, for educating us on dog nutrition; and The Guardian Angel for their dog training demo and educational talk on dog biting; Yvonne Riley with 4-H dog obedience; Mike McCallister DVM for talks on heart worms and dog cancer and his team from Village Veterinary Clinic for educating people on keeping their dogs healthy with shots, nail clipping and heartworm testing. 
Bark for Life was a fundraiser for the Survivor and Caregiver teams for the Los Lunas Area Relay for Life.  The organizing committee consisted of  Paul and Reatta Readette; Jean and Alan Casey, Pat Howard, Mike Fiddler, Jim Blackwell, David Gonzales-ACS Staff Partner, Karin Trujillo and Kalla Martinez.
Special thanks go to the village of Los Lunas for allowing us to use Daniel Fernandez Park and the Los Lunas Relay for Life committee.

Phyllis Young
LL Relay for Life
Survivor Activity Chair

Marshall Islanders were a resourceful people
Editor:
As I sat on a tiny hill counting my lucky stars in the partly cloudy dusk with the full moon coming over the mountains, my heart went out to the ancient Marshall Islanders.
They were great sailors and navigators. Their tiny island is in the middle of the wide Pacific ocean. They used to set sail in small canoes for tiny dots of islands very far away.
How they found those dots of islands in the great ocean I don’t know. I guess they used crude, but accurate navigation instruments. They probably caught a lot of fish. That is an intricate skill in itself.
They probably had a way to catch rain water in large canvas-type sheets. Can you imaging the bravery of those people?
If they missed the intended island, they would have to eat a lot of fish, catch a lot of rainwater and somehow find their way or perish. In the day, they probably studied the position of the sun and daytime moon. They looked at clouds. They studied the rain.
They looked for flotsam (natural things floating in the water). They looked for jetsam (man-made things in the water). They were probably able to use these floating things.
They looked at the size, color and type of fish they saw or caught.
They studied the wind direction and current. At night, they studied the moon, stars, meteors and marveled at the occasional comet.
They probably studied the colors of the clouds, skies and ocean.
They developed magnificent rope knots that could be quickly tied, easily untied and were dependable. They made their own fine rope and build the canoes themselves. They had wonderful masts and sails on their canoes.
They had to watch out for sharks when they took baths at the sides of the canoes. They had to watch out for boredom on the sea.
How they kept constant sea water off their skin, I don’t know.
What they did when the sky was overcast, and they could not see the starts or moon to navigate, I don’t know.
The ancient Marshall Islanders, magnificent sailors and navigators.
There was an American postage stamp that honored these people, as well we should.

Martin Frank Kirtley
Los Lunas

Community band is grateful to community
Editor:
The Valencia County Community Band, under the direction of Joe Arvizu, and the leadership of board president, Desiree Jones, would like to express our gratitude for the excellent coverage the Valencia County News-Bulletin has given our musical organization recently.
We are especially appreciative of the excellent photos that Julia Dendinger took as well as the copy that she wrote. Julia made the time to interview members of the band, in person and by email. The amount of space that the paper gave to us was great.
The Valencia County Community Band would also like to thank Peggy and Rick Cox for letting us use their home for our yard sale.
The entire band enjoys and looks forward to contributing to community events and participating in community outings.
If you play a musical instrument, or if you did play an instrument and want to pick it up again, call Jose Arvizu at 553-3371 to join us. It is a lot of fun for people of all ages.

Desiree Jones
President
Valencia County Community Band

God, regardless of name, is for everyone
Editor:
Many people believe that Saturday, May 21, was the end of the world and the rapture occurred. We shouldn’t make fun of them as they are correct.
If they believe in their hearts and souls that they will be raptured, they were raptured. There was not a bunch of people ascending into heaven as is so often illustrated.
Indeed, their souls went to Heaven and were comforted by Jesus. Their physical body will remain here along with the soul as souls can be in two or more places at one time.
It is hard for us to understand this with out limited thinking that anything can be in more than one place at a time, but anything is possible with God.
We don’t, as humans, understand one-millionth of 1 percent of what goes on in the universe, particularly when it comes to spirituality. I do know this; that everyone, no matter what their belief system or religion or lack thereof, is correct in how they feel as long as they believe in their system with all of their heart and soul.
It is possible for many different beliefs to be correct in the spiritual world. God is a single entity that goes by a number of names, Jehovah, Allah, the Creator, the Divine, the Supreme Being and others.
It is all in one and the one God loves everyone equally, no matter what your beliefs are. My soulmate is Jesus. Other folks may have different soulmates, but they are all correct. There is no right and wrong in religious beliefs.
The right and wrong comes when we decide we need to impose our beliefs on others because we think we are right and they are wrong. That isn’t what is happening. The sun shines on everyone equally and we are all enshrouded in the soul of God, no matter what our beliefs.
Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Jewish folks, Hindus, Buddhist and even agnostics and atheists share the love of God equally. He doesn’t care how you believe, He wants all of us to practice what He is — absolute love.
This day shouldn’t be considered the end of times as I have seen written, but we should all get together and make it the new beginning. Let all spiritual beliefs be recognized as valid, even if they are different from yours. Let us respect and honor all people instead of fighting wars in the name of God.
We are supposed to be an intelligent species, but we have done more to destroy the environment and each other than all of the other species on earth combined. If we look to humans as the intelligent species, we may be looking in the wrong direction.
God is all about love and has nothing to do with fear and hate. Those are human emotions that we need to subdue. Lets start by showing respect and love to everyone, no matter what their beliefs and how they differ from ours, instead of fighting amongst ourselves.
Let us respect our divine leader (God) and the environment He created for us instead of destroying it. As for all the folks who were raptured, God Bless you. You are in good hands.

Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund
Veguita

Congress needs to cut its own budget
Editor:
This letter is an open invitation to Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) to consider additional cost cutting ideas in our upcoming federal budget. Here are just a few.
1. Cut the operating budget of both the House and Senate by at least 50 percent or as an alternative allow all representatives and senators $1 million a year for their staff and supplies. 
The last I heard, many years ago, was the House budget was $4 billion in operating expenses and that is a lot of money for the little we get in services or the quality of leadership.
2. Bring all of our armed forces home. We do not need the troops in Europe, Japan, Korea and especially the Middle East and Afghanistan. We will never solve the differences between any of the Middle East countries, as they have been fighting for thousands of years. I say let them work out their own problems and if they fight we can wait and deal with the winners.
3. One way to solve the Social Security trust fund is take the cap off the earnings and reorganize the Social Security is similar to unemployment insurance. If someone needs it, he or she gets it. If you are a millionaire, as are most of our elected officials, no Social Security is required.
4. Freeze all representative’s and senator’s salaries for at least 25 years and do not allow them to abuse the 27th amendment as they have been doing.
5. If the oil companies are forced to pay taxes, at least be honest about how much they pay and do not tell us their corporate taxes are 35 percent when they actually pay zero, and in many cases get millions from the government.
6. I couldn’t help but notice that in the last financial crisis our armed forces were in danger of not getting paid on schedule, but our fearless reepresentatives and senators would get their pay. 
From my vantage point,  our elected representatives  and senators are the closest thing we have to highly paid and mostly idle workers, if bickering and arguing is all they are accomplishing we do not really need them. 
It is about time the above mentioned people started producing or maybe we could outsource their jobs to Asia.

James Taylor
Los Lunas

The rich are taking all of our cookies
Editor:
The teenagers asked about the sign that I put in the rear window of my truck. It reads “TAX SUPER RICH.”
I told them that the story of the “12 Cookies” would help them understand my sign. It’s a short story of three people and 12 cookies.
One person takes 11 of the cookies. He tells the other two that the last cookie belongs to the second person. Then he tells the second person that the third person will steal his cookies.
I asked the kids to tell me what they thought was wrong with this story. One said that he didn’t know.
The other said, “It’s wrong to steal.”
The last said, “What’s wrong is that one person took 11 cookies. It’s wrong to make the other two fight over the last cookie.”
We all agreed that if the first person gave up one cookie, he would still have 10 cookies, and the other two would have their own cookie. I told them that my sign supports this solution.
The story of the cookies is like the story of our nation’s so-called money crisis. We are told that our country is broke. There’s not enough money to pay our debts. We’re led to believe that the problem lies with the third person. He is a bad person. He is the problem. He wants something that doesn’t belong to him.
The truth is that we are not broke. There is abundant wealth. Like the 11 cookies, the wealth is being selfishly hoarded by the very small group, which includes big oil, big banks, big corporations and the super rich.
This small group of big welfare recipients wants us to believe that some one else is the problem.
We Americans understand the story of the “12 Cookies.” Eighty percent of us support the same solution, tax super rich. We know that it takes money to put Americans back to work.
Please tell everyone you can about the story of the “12 Cookies.”

Marie Forman
Belen

Blessed to have Calvary academy
Editor:
I recently attended a fundraising event for Calvary Chapel Academy. The event was held at Tierra Del Sol golf course.
This event was well organized and well represented by Calvary Chapel Academy staff, students and parents.
I was impressed by the support of local businesses and the attendance by many members of our community. Having lived here for eight years, I have come to expect nothing less than the support for our children and their future (immediate and distant) that I witnessed at this event.
We are very blessed to have schools in our area, like Calvary Chapel Academy, that are dedicated to the development of Christian morals/values and promote high level academics.

John Montoya
Jarales