Letters to the editor (01/28/12)

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We should be thinking about all the unborn
Editor:
During this past holiday, I did not watch TV or read the newspapers that I did not see the most pitiful and sad picture of the most deplorable sights of the abused and uncared for pets and animals.
These pictures were to encourage me to give to organizations that would help prevent such things. I am not saying this is wrong, for I believe this is a good endeavor.
However, as I thought, “what about the abortion of unwanted human babies that take place more than 40 million times every year around the world?”
Pictures of these little, unwanted babies are seldom shown or even spoken or written about.
How can we, as a Christian nation, not be saddened by our uncaring of the “Right to Life” of God’s creation of these little, unborn babies? Every day, 4,000 “legal” murders are performed in the name of “choice.”
Webster’s Dictionary states, “murder is to kill.” The Bible states, “to kill is a sin.”
You might ask, “How can I help? I am only one person.”
This is election year. Be sure you vote for the person who holds life precious to God. We can turn our nation around and be that Christian nation that God holds us to.
We can also stand up and say our tax money will not any longer be used for abortion (murder) in any way.

Eleanor Lake Love
Los Lunas

Our heroes should be paid for what they do
Editor:
The size of our paycheck is, the economists say, a measure of our value to society. Our compensation reflects the amount of money society believes is appropriate to give us, given what we give society in return.
For instance, we place high value on seeing Lady Gaga wearing a meat costume. We willingly shell out multi-millions of dollars per year to our 12-year-old daughters to give to The Lady as a token of our appreciation for her willingness to be America’s top freak.
Actually, we idolize the flavors-of-the-week merely because the mass media instructs us to worship them and most of us are too numb to think otherwise.
We place premium value on various pop icons, NFL quarterbacks and other sports heros, country singers, BMXers, you name it. From movie stars to industry moguls, rappers to racists, we have been led to believe that we cannot live without their presence in our lives. As such, their value to us rises, as does their compensation.
Perhaps it’s because we have been led by the same people that make millions turning freaks into demi-gods, into believing that we are pathetic little creatures who will never amount to a hill of beans, and have created these icons to be the new “opiate of the masses.”
Again, given the choice of ruling with Satan or being a bondservant of Christ, all too many of us continue to make the wrong choice.
Nowhere is this theory more obvious than on the other end of the scale. The pay we bestow on, say, our public school teachers and law enforcement officers is also a reflection of our perception of their value to our society.
We give top priority, especially in election years, to quality education and ample law enforcement, but rarely are we willing to put our money where our lip service is.
One common adage is that “You don’t go into teaching for the money.” True, and I was one to do it.
So let’s stop right here and establish that this is not a sour grapes piece. I’m retired as of Oct. 1, 2011, and now that the financial holiday hemorrhage is over.
January will be the first month where my wife and I will see if we can truly live within our means. After taxes and insurance, my take-home pay will be cut about 60 percent. I doubt we’ll be able to pay the bills. Stay tuned.
But nowhere is the sad truth of the theory more evident than in law enforcement. More victims cry for more officers, shorter response times, better training, less abuse and a host of other factors.
The economists would say, and rightly so, that given what we are willing to pay, hence the value, we have exactly the law enforcement system we desire.
So stop complaining. If we are going to tell our law enforcement officers, via their paycheck, that this is what you are worth to us, then we should shut up and enjoy the fact that when there are only two deputies to cover all of Valencia County, we can rest in safety and security, knowing that we are protected to the level that we desire.
Oh really? Yep, it’s true. The citizens of Valencia County are living proof that the economists are right: police protection must not be something we value, given what we are willing to pay, or shall I say not pay, for it.
What to do? Why would anybody apply for this job? For the same, albeit aberrant, reason anybody would teach school; because they care and they want to try and make the county a better place, just like Lady Gaga!
And sure, we’ll let them do it, as long as they’re willing to do it for the value that we, not they, place on the job.
So, as the numbers of new entrants into those two professions dwindle, and the number of eligible retirees increases, leaving us with those in the system putting in their time, then no one, we will have no one because we place no value on the job they do.
Remember that next time you want your child educated or your family protected. Or, at the other end of the argument, the next time you’re asked to support efforts to hire more law enforcement officers and pay them a living wage or give teachers a pay raise that beats inflation and isn’t tied to student performance.

J. Reid Mowrer
Los Lunas

Our pets deserve to be looked after
Editor:
I saw on Channel 7 piece with the animal activist Angela Stell from Dogs Deserve Better, located in Bernalillo.
She came to Meadow Lake to help animals in need. Animals who were chained to heavy chains had often no water and just maybe, if they were lucky, a dog house.
She put them on a harness and a lighter chain, gave them straw, clean water and sometimes a doghouse. She and her volunteers spent the day helping the dogs of Valencia County.
Can’t we look after them ourselves? Where are the neighbors of the people who apparently have animals, but not the resources to look after them better?
The new year should bring relief to our animals in need. Please care for them.
Why not start with that intention and care? We domesticated those animals and they depend on us.
At our food bank in Belen, we now have a kind man named Mark Rosenblum, who collects dog and cat food and brings whatever he has weekly to the food bank, and we give this out as long as we have it.
Please look after our animals, and the manner you look after them, they will see you as either a caring person or one who should not have animals.
There is available low-cost spaying and neutering. So let’s do our best and care.
We wish you a very good 2012, better than 2011.

Magda Rundles
Belen

Family thanks all those who enjoyed
Editor:
We would like to thank your paper and Julia M. Dendinger for the “Lighting the Way” article in the Caliente section of Dec. 14, 2011, edition.
You have helped us and many people enjoy this holiday season.
Our family would like to thank all the kind people for sending us the cards, gifts, letters and notes in appreciation of our lights.
We are filled with joy, knowing so many of you have enjoyed seeing our Christmas lights blinking and flashing to music.
We hope all of you have a great 2012 and we hope to see you again at the end of the year.

Kevin Lederer and family
Las Maravillas