Letters to the editor

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Writer has knowledge of what he speaks
Editor:
First let me say that generally speaking, I do not like to get into a battle of wits with a person that is not armed.
Secondly, I do not relish the thought of getting into a “pissing” exchange of words in the editorial section of a newspaper.
Today, however, even as thick as my skin is, because of the disparaging, inaccurate and divisive nature of words uttered by Mr. Rob Bevington (News Bulletin, Sept. 21) I feel obligated to do so.
The ability to read is, perhaps, one of the most important skills taught in our schools. Beyond being able to read, however, one must be able to comprehend what one reads and to critically and accurately interpret the meaning of the writer’s message.
It is clearly wrong and unprofessional to take a writer’s words out of context to suit ones thinking or to read more into a statement than what is obviously there.
Mr. Bevington, in my opinion, apparently did not learn these lessons in school.
In his letter, Mr. Bevington suggests, it appears, that because
1. I am a “relative newcomer to Valencia County,” I may be out of line writing letters to the editor and expressing my thoughts on various issues;
2. that I have “much time on my hands;”
3. “appears to be a self-described expert in some many different areas,” and
4. that I am “suddenly another authority on the hospital.”
Yes, I am a relative newcomer (18 years) to Valencia County. However, I was born and raised and educated in New Mexico, served 3 1/2 years as a paratrooper with the Green Berets, own property and pay taxes.
Now, the last time I checked, Valencia County was part of New Mexico and as a resident thereof, I am entitled to all the rights and privileges that pertain to that status.
Mr. Bevington has no idea what my hectic daily schedule looks like even as a semi-retired individual. He has no clue as to when I find time to do my letter writing or engage in other leisure activities.
I’ve never stated or purported to be an expert on any one subject about which I have written. It takes daily reading of newspapers, magazines and books, listening to the news, obtaining input from others more knowledgeable than me, and in-depth research to be able to speak with some understanding of the topic under discussion.
I do have extensive, first-hand experience and knowledge of health care and delivery systems having served some 25 years as a volunteer on numerous local, state and national committees and commissions related to health care, including the New Mexico Hospital Association.
To assist the state with the shortage of health care professionals in rural areas, I helped found New Mexico Health Resources, an organization devoted to recruiting this type of personnel for our state.
As well, I had the privilege of serving two three-year terms as a trustee of fairly large regional full-service hospital and, therefore, have an intimate understanding of how hospitals work and how they integrate with larger health care delivery systems and, most importantly, the financial aspects of operating a health care facility.
And yet, after all is said and done, I’ll be the first to admit that I am not an expert on health care. It is, indeed, a very complex system.
Moving on, I did state that 14,000 citizens supported the mill levy to fund the operation and maintenance of a medical facility. I did not, however, say that 14,000 people were unhappy with the proposed site for the facility.
On the contrary, I said that not all 14,000 people, including myself, were happy with the VHC contract or the proposed site.
Lastly, I did not state “that a county commissioner was physically assaulted.” This interpretation of what I really said, I agree, would “create more hostility and stir up even more animosity.”
Contrary to my intention, this appears to have been Mr. Bevington’s ulterior motive when he took my words out of context. He, obviously, has a knack for distorting the truth and substituting it with fantasy.
Let me assure you, Mr. Bevington, one of our commissioners was physically and verbally attacked, not assaulted, over the hospital issue! Ask her!
In closing, permit me to thank the incredible number of people who called, wrote or personally extended their appreciation for my efforts in behalf of the “silent majority” in Valencia County.  
I will continue to speak up as the needs arise.

John Lopez
Bosque Farms

Fossil fuels have made our lives easier
Editor:
A recent News-Bulletin letter mentioned failing solar companies. Of the handful of recent failures, Solyndra LLC has received by far the most attention.
Interestingly, one reason Solyndra went belly-up is that it actually bet against solar technology. Here’s what Bloomberg had to say: “(Solyndra’s) tubes, coated with an unusual four-metal compound, were supposed to cut power costs more than 20 percent. That wasn’t nearly enough. Production costs fell much faster for a rival technology, conventional flat silicon panels, and Solyndra couldn’t compete.”
Solyndra didn’t fail because solar energy doesn’t work, but because it works too well.
We didn’t give up airplanes because Eclipse Aviation failed, and we didn’t give up energy trading because of Enron’s disgusting saga.
We’ve never ditched an entire industry because of a temporary inventory glut. Nor should we abandon solar technology because three start-up companies failed.
The letter writer also said that I object “strenuously to coal as an energy source (and all fossil fuels for that matter).”
These newspaper letters are too short for much detail or nuance, but I’ll try.
I don’t disapprove of fossil fuels per se — they’ve made life easier for millions and have allowed important innovations.
I disapprove of the effect fossil fuel corporate dominance has on our nation’s security, economics, resources, health and future. It will get worse as long as oil keeps us in a stranglehold. The cheap fuels are gone, and extraction of what’s left is getting more dangerous, expensive and destructive.
I completely agree with the letter writer that the political climate is delaying the implementation of clean energy technology. It’s another reason I’m not crazy about multinational petroleum outfits.
They’ve helped poison our politics by spending hundreds of millions for ads telling us how wonderful, clean and caring they are, or showing actors fretting about non-existent taxes on fossil fuel energy — ads we pay for at the pump.
In spite of political hurdles, here’s what Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, had to say in April.
“The solar energy industry is the fastest growing industry in America! We are growing faster than wind energy, faster than telecommunications, and, thank goodness, we are even growing faster than the mortgage foreclosure industry!”

Laura Sanchez
Los Lunas

Coach applicants should be vetted
Editor:
I am usually not one of those people who speak out regarding the running of small town politics, but I felt after sitting back and watching it occur two years in a row, I decided to speak my mind.
I am speaking about a job opportunity at Belen High School as the head softball coach. Last year, several people applied for the head coaching position that had experience coaching and were never granted interviews, and before you knew it a new coach was hired.  
This year was no different with the exception of the interviewing of candidates. Politics and the usual  “who you know” game, continues to be played year after year. A coach that had a proven record was let go/resigned /fired, whatever the circumstances, again politics played a part in that as well, as they did not fight for this coach.
Instead, they hired someone else with little or no experience, and as luck had it, another “who you know” hiring.  
Who paid for this? The Belen softball team girls, with a losing season; and what a shock he was let go after the season was over.  
So they have a roster of candidates apply for the job and again they hire someone, who has never coached varsity softball, has not coached in several years, and when he did coach JV, he did not win many games in his tenure.  
So you tell me what is wrong with this picture; another losing season for Belen High Varsity softball and a new coach at the end of 2012.
After all, this job is about getting this team to the next level and a coach who has the ability to do that. It would not surprise me much either if there are not many girls who attend tryouts for this season.
Well, as a small town, Belen politics as usual has it. The one person who did not interview the prospective coaches did the hiring and that is the Belen superintendent. The job of interviewing was given to other individuals to do.
Why one person would be left to make that decision that should be left to a committee or to the actual people who interviewed the applicant’s is beyond me.  
A decision cannot be made on a person’s ability unless you hear the answers that are being asked and the reactions of the person being interviewed.
Belen will never have quality people for coaches for the softball team because they continue to operate with the “who-you-know” attitude and not the ability of the applicants.  
It is that reason the school district does not, and will not, get a longer list of applicants that can get Belen High softball to that next level.  
I feel it is not the superintendent’s job to be hiring coaches; his job is to run the school district and let the people in the athletic department do the hiring of coaches.  
Some things in Belen will never change, and it is unfortunate for our young female athletes. They are the ones who suffer through all this “who-you-know” nonsense.

Genevieve Benes
Peralta

Chairwoman in hospital denial
Editor:
Yawzaaa is all I can say after reading in the Sept. 24 issue of the News-Bulletin.
A quote from Valencia County Commission Chairwoman Otero-Kirkham: “I think the hospital project is in full swing. To suspend the mill levy right now might lead some providers to believe we’re not serious about building our hospital.”
Wow! Wow! I wonder what distant planet Commissioner Otero-Kirkham has be residing on for the last several years.
“Mission Control to Commissioner Otero-Kirkham, be advised there is no hospital project.”
The ambulance chaser, you, Commissioner Holliday and to a lesser extent, Commissioner Anderson, have all killed our hospital project. There is no hospital project. Period.
You can leave office in 2012 (unlikely to ever be re-elected again) smug and content in the knowledge that you and your minions killed our hospital for Valencia County.
So do us all a big favor and drop the charade. Actions always speak louder than words, and at least try to dig deep and find the decency to be honest with the taxpayers of Valencia County.
Your latest hospital-killing action means another four or five years to restart the whole process again. Forget it!
I want my tax money back now. And if that means filing a class-action lawsuit against Valencia County to recover that money, well then so be it.
We, the taxpayers of Valencia County, have been jerked around for five years now over a hospital that will likely never be built.
And that is because we have an inept, unqualified, divided county commission that has been unfairly dominated …
I think it is time for the taxpayers of Valencia County to band together, collectively file a class-action lawsuit against Valencia County for non-performance and begin the process of recovering our money.
It is time to cut our losses and move on. Perhaps hospitalization in Rio Rancho at the new Sandoval County Regional Medical Center won’t be so bad after all.

Rob Bevington
Los Lunas

Mayordomos thank those who helped
Editor:
The mayordomos for San Antonio Mission de Los Lentes would like to thank the San Clemente and San Antonio community for their attendance, support and generosity at the San Antonio Mission Fiesta Fundraiser.
We would also like to thank all those who graciously volunteered their time, talents and treasurers. There was an overwhelming response from our community with donations of baked goods, silent auction items, prizes for the games, monetary donations, food, volunteers and hard work.
A special “thank you” to Father Douglas J. Mitchell for leading the procession, members of the Men’s Recovery Center, Catholic Daughters of America, members of the San Clemente choir, special guest entertainers, Ray Baca and Friends and Jerry Jaramillo Brown River Band for providing the music.
The restoration fiesta ticket committee, Ambrose Chavez, Steve Otero, Roberta Sanchez, Jim Armer, Pete Serafin, Lorraine Espinoza, Daniel and Ernestine Madrid, Clara Garcia from the News-Bulletin for the coverage that was provided for this event.
Our thanks goes to the following sponsors: Geezer and Tuners Promotion for the car show, Coca Cola, Getaway Grill, Big O Tires, Bad Company Tattoo and Piercing Shop.
The Branch Coffee and Book Store, 40 Blue, Valencia County Choppers/Devious Customs, Joe’s Lube Center, REX Kustom, Century 21, Bob’s Burgers, Dion’s, Walmart, Golden Corral, Sen. Michael Sanchez, Thomas Esquibel, attorney; Pedro Rael, attorney; Lydia Piro, Tom and Theresa Garde.
Thank you Village of Los Lunas Mayor Robert Vialpando, council members, Charles Griego, Gerald Siaz, Cecelia “CC” Castillo and Richard Lovato, and staff for the use of the San Antonio Park.
Special thanks to Kathy Martinez, parks and recreation department; Los Lunas Fire Chief Lito Chavez, Los Lunas Fire Department; Deputy Chief David Gurule, Los Lunas Police Department; staff of the public works department, Debra Candelaria, Herman Garcia, David DeAnda, fire inspector Zach Romero, Adolph Lopez and staff for all their help.
We could not have done it without you. That you and may God bless you all abundantly.

Sam, Carol and James Anaya
San Antonio Restoration Mayordomos