Letters to the editor (02/11/12)

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Superintendent gives thanks for support
Editor:
Dear Los Lunas Schools parents, guardians, staff, students and community members:
On behalf of the Los Lunas Schools Board of Education and administrative staff, I would like to say “Thank You” for coming out to support the Los Lunas Schools bond and 3-mill levy elections that were held on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
This is a huge accomplishment for the students of Los Lunas Schools.  I would also like to send a special thanks to the village of Los Lunas, the town of Peralta, the village of Bosque Farms, the Valencia County Commission, the Valencia County Chamber of Commerce, the Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Huning Ranch Homeowners Association for their support of this election.
The bond and 3-mill levy were passed by overwhelming numbers.  This was one of the largest voter turnouts for a bond election in the recent history of Los Lunas Schools.
It was also won by one of the largest margins of any bond or mill election. This is amazing because this election was tied to no other federal, state, county or municipal elections.
The overwhelming number of people, who voted these issues in, is an indication to us of the support that is behind the current direction we are headed in.
Discipline incidents have dropped dramatically, test scores are up district-wide, our dropout rate has been drastically reduced and our graduation rate is up again.
The support given to Los Lunas Schools in the bond and 3-mill levy election instills in us that we need to continue to persevere and make positive changes in the lives and education of our students.
We appreciate the understanding of our community as we, and other school districts in the state, cope with three years worth of state budget cuts to public schools and continuing new educational requirements from the state and federal government.
Again, I want to give a tremendous thank you to all who came out and supported public education and the children of our community.

Bernard R. Saiz
Superintendent
Los Lunas Schools

Everyone should have an opinion
Editor:
Every reader of these letters with a brain the size of a pencil eraser recognizes a personal attack when one appears, especially when laced with obvious dishonesty.
As well, every contributor has the right to defend in the opinion’s page, not only their writer’s voice, but also that voice’s integrity and the integrity of the information used.
So, in reply to James Taylor’s attack of Jan. 4, masquerading as opinion, I say: My turn!
Listen to Taylor’s voice speak a big lie: “If anyone listens to Mr. Mehaffey, that person will soon notice that the only voice that Mr. Mehaffey listens to is his own.”
I went back through my contributions over the years and can report having used close to 20,000 words of quotes from other voices (listened closely to) found in/from deep history — from the Greeks and Plato’s “Republic” to those found in the Bible to the Dark Ages to the Reformation to the Enlightenment to the founding/founders of our nation to the Civil War and to the present. (Check Taylor’s many other voice contributions — hint, hint.)
Taylor’s voice again, “I have known Mr. Mehaffey for several years, and can attest to the fact that when he asks a question he does not hear the answer.”
Admittedly, this one earns an index-finger circling the temple; but, having known Taylor for the same several years, I can attest to the fact that he may become agitated and verbally upset when, in conversation, a subject is brought up that he cannot dominate (choose from any of the above).
Taylor’s … comments are not worth the time it takes to swallow spit, but he did utter one grain of truth: “… however Mr. Mehaffey rarely, if ever, expresses his opinion.”
Taylor is right, I rarely express an opinion, and when I do, I often recognize such immediately in parentheses.
Why? Well, the world has more than six billion inhabitants with likely as many “opinions” (a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty) as there are celestial bodies in our galaxy, and it is possible that 99.9 percent are more insightful than opinions expressed by Taylor; but regardless, all opinions are of less value to humanity than a single verifiable fact, recorded on paper for the benefit of all and nailed to an outhouse wall.
Three last “points,” I do not take “umbrage” at any letter written by Mr. Mowrer, but I do take umbrage at false witness pretending honesty and/or taking the even worse liberty of inserting one’s own words into another person’s mouth or brain.
Taylor’s voice: “I tend to side with Mr. Mowrer as I find Mr. Mehaffey’s letters not only boring, but long and pointless.”
Hey, Taylor’s words are an intentional, obstinate attack on the voice and not on the information content of my letters, of which he never addresses a single point, and is likely unable to do so except by opinions, whose worth is addressed above.
Lastly, this is still a free nation and all are allowed to read and/or listen to whatever they choose.
So, to Taylor I say, if the writer’s voice I write with so offends your senses that you must complain, and your strength of will cannot take your eyesight safely away, then for finding relief you might consider a biblical suggestion taken totally out of context — pluck out thine offending eye!
Oh yes, umbrage has been earned by Taylor’s oft reported (by mutual acquaintances) enjoyment for sadism (someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain/ (upset) on others) and, boasts.
Yep, another “boring, long and pointless” letter — you bet!

Terry Mehaffey
Los Lunas

Term limits should be mandatory
Editor:
Some of you may be aware that I am a proponent of term limits for all state and national elected officials.
Today, because of the corruption that appears to be creeping into the local scenario, I include all local elected officials as well.
Rampant corruption, abuse of power and senseless expenditure of limited tax revenues undoubtedly play a huge role in my belief. Equally important, however, is the feeling that as many citizens as possible should have an opportunity to serve, and to truly make it a representative form of government.
Once again, Rep. Kintigh (R- Roswell) will introduce a term limits bill for senators and representatives, something I totally support. Twelve-year limits, contrary to Rep. Saavedra’s contention, is more than enough time for one person to make his or her contributions to their district and the state.
A replacement will likely have the intelligence to complete any unfinished as well as new business. The district or the state are not going to fall apart if an old timer leaves the legislature.
And, forget about using seniority as the excuse to allow entrenchment. This, in fact, I believe is the root of our financial difficulties. Seniority will be of secondary importance if certain procedural adjustments are made to the legislative process.
It was refreshing to learn that two, two-term local public servants, Christian Garcia and Pug Burge, village of Peralta councilors, are stepping down.  These actions will allow other Peralta citizens to test the heat in the kitchen.
We need more of these voluntary decisions. They should not have to be legislated. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.
In any event, as a start, let us hope Rep. Kintigh is successful in his effort. It is time for our government to revert back to what the founders originally intended: government by all the people, for all the people, and not just the few privileged who refuse to let go of the power and money that come with the positions.

John Lopez
Bosque Farms