Letters to the editor (03/31/12)

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An open letter to the LL Board of Education
Editor:
On March 4, I sent each of you an email hoping to determine how each of you would define a successful academic 2011-12 school year using some sort of objective measure as a reference.
To date, since I have not received the courtesy of a response from any of you, perhaps you may be willing to share a response to those questions to your constituents through the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
A copy of my original email as follows: I would like to pose to you two questions that I think would be of interest to district parents as well as other members of the community.
As you probably know, last year the Los Lunas School District produced the following results on SBA testing:
• Reading: 50 percent proficient
• Math: 42 percent proficient
• Science: 42 percent proficient
• Social Studies: 41 percent proficient
To add a little perspective to these numbers, Bosque Farms Elementary scored as follows:
• Reading: 73 percent proficient
• Math: 71 percent proficient
• Science: 68 percent proficient
As I listen to all of the exciting programs such as the Renaissance initiative underway at the district, I have failed to hear any measurable goals that we can expect in academic performance.
I am sure that we can all agree that last year’s numbers look dismal and the need for drastic improvement is urgent.
Based upon 2011-12 SBA test results, what increases in academic performance can we as your constituents expect from the Los Lunas School District?
What graduation rates can we expect for the 2011-12 school year?

Dennis A. Schlessinger
Valencia County Tea Party
Los Lunas

The Fair Tax Bill would have helped the state
Editor:
I don’t know how many folks may be aware of a proposed tax law passed by the state Legislature earlier this month that was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez.
I refer to the Fair Tax Bill, Senate Bill 9, which would have required that multi-state and out-of-state corporations pay corporate income tax the same as state and local businesses must.
New Mexico is the only Western state that does not have such a tax law. Not only does this coddling of huge corporate entities and mega stores deprive New Mexico of millions of revenue dollars which could be used to preserve the multiple indispensable public sector jobs that the governor has vowed to eliminate or used in a multitude of other ways that would bolster our ailing economy and otherwise be of great public benefit.
But the killing of SB9 places state and local business at an extremely unfair disadvantage since the New Mexico corporate tax burden is shouldered entirely by these same local business owners.
It should likewise be noted that, aside from the lost revenue, millions of profit dollars are siphoned off to engorge the coffers in distant corporate headquarters rather than remaining in New Mexico.
Given that Gov. Martinez has chosen to kill the Fair Tax Bill in deviance of overwhelming expressions of popular support for the bill, she has left no doubt in the minds of New Mexicans whose interest she protects and whose she ignores!
The governor will argue that by vetoing SB9, she is insuring the continued presence in New Mexico of out-of-state corporations, citing the maintenance of jobs they generate, but this is at best misleading.
Where would these businesses go since all our neighboring states also tax corporate income? It is a demonstrable fact that multi-state corporations have not fled from states collecting tax on their profits. So, who are the losers?
The answer seems abundantly clear, and that we, New Mexicans, are all the worse off as a result of this misguided, self-serving decision by our governor to veto what could have benefitted us all.

Anton Fajdiga
Belen

Grateful for all the inspiration
Editor:
Stories of inspirations: A writer who is a quadriplegic types her stories with a pencil in her mouth.
A writer in prison was not given a pen and paper, so he writes on the wall with his white soap.
A Jewish woman is starved in prison, so she writes a cookbook. She defeated her captors.
A knife fighter starts carving saints.
A graffiti artist turns to canvas.
A raving man starts reciting poetry.
The last four ideas I read in a book. I do not know who to give credit for these stories, but I am very grateful for them.

Martin Frank Kirtley
Los Lunas

Couples married in church last longer
Editor:
In Janice Devereaux’s open letter to Mr. Chavez of March 7, she writes, “…the downfall of such a sacred institution that somehow manages to have a high divorce rate …”
To correct Ms. Devereaux’s statement of a glaring untruth. Since the late ’60s, we have all been fed an untruth about the high divorce rate in America.
Question: Do 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce?
Answer: No, only with couples married by a Justice of the Peace.
The good news is:
• Couples married by the church — one out of three marriage’s break up.
• Couples married by the church and attend church together — one out of 50 marriages break up.
• Couples married by the church, go to church together and pray together — one out of 1,429 marriages break up.
• Catholic couples married by the church, attend Mass together, pray together, practice the faith in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist … the odds of a marriage breaking up is almost nil.
Originally, marriage was always a Sacrament along with the other Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Holy Orders and Extreme Unction.
Until some 300 plus years ago, there was no such thing as a civil marriage. All marriages were religious ceremonies.
If marriage is a civil act, then divorce is merely a civil act.

Gilbert Ulivarri Jr.
Belen

Goju Ryu thankful for all the support
Editor:
We would like to thank the students, families and community members who helped us raise $2,620 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this year.
Our karate school has held an annual fundraising “Kick-A-Thon” since 1992. The students kick for 15 minutes, non-stop, and keep count of total kicks in that time frame.
They then go into the community and ask for donations for MDA showing that the student is using their healthy muscles to help raise money for this terrible disease that will not allow the muscles to grow stronger.
This was our 20th year of fundraising bringing our total to date to $34,460.
Our top two fundraisers this year are Ricky Wilson, for his third year in a row, and Christian Baca for his second year in a row.

Richard and Cindy Long
Belen Goju Ryu Karate

Valencia County needs a hospital
Editor:
Recently, the singer David Jones died from a heart attack in Florida.
He was 27 miles from a hospital and it was medically acknowledged that had he been closer to a hospital that he would have very likely lived.
This is exactly the situation that most of Valencia County finds itself in: More than 27 miles from a hospital, in danger of death due to this distance and life hindering disability from being this far from a hospital.
So why, aren’t the county commissioners in Valencia County working night and day to provide us with the hospital? Didn’t they take an oath to fulfill the will of the people? Isn’t it the moral and ethical thing to do?
The people voted more than six years ago for a hospital. The Valencia County Commission has caused the collection of such taxes. Where is our hospital?
Every medical death or medical disability caused by the time needed to drive to Albuquerque to get to the hospital falls on the shoulders of those who are blocking our hospital.
Have you or a family member suffered because of the drive to a hospital? Shout this from the rooftops! Let someone know!
If the county leaders don’t care about you or your family’s health, show you do before another person dies or is caused a life long disability. Time is very important in this issue.
You could be the next fatality or disabled person due to the lack of a hospital in Valencia County.
Write to: Attorney General Gary King, State of New Mexico, P.O. Drawer 1508, Santa Fe, N.M., 87504, or Department of Justice, US Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C., 20530-0001.

Susan Hershberger
Rio Communities