Letters to the editor (04/11/12)

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Poetry review was a refreshing read
Editor:
I truly enjoyed reading Julia Castillo’s review of Gary Soto’s poem, “Oranges,” in the March 21 issue of the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
I too love Gary Soto’s work. His poetry introduces innocence with strong emotions and related feelings that many of us readers, I believe, have encountered in our experiences of life.
Ms. Castillo’s interpretation touched my heart in many ways. I slowly read through her review and enjoyed her sweet 13-year-old’s view of someone else’s past history.
It made me feel good to see that our teachers of today are encouraging the reading of poetry, to a point where a young girl will research the life struggles of another human being.
Hard times are here today, but they come and go as we can see in our history books.
We will endure this economic recession and we will rise as a vibrant nation again. It will happen gradually as our young, intelligent and compassionate students of today reach beyond their normal existence and strive to learn through a poem.
Thank you Julia Castillo, a sixth-grader at Central Elementary, for writing an interesting and entertaining review of Gary Soto’s poem, “Oranges.”
And I thank you editors of this paper for encouraging our youth to speak out and form an opinion.

Annmarie H. Pearson
Los Lunas

Letter writer doesn’t have the right address
Editor:
Recently, a letter to the editor authored by a Rio Rancho resident inspired us to respond to the outrageous and ridiculous comments presented.
The issue at hand has to do with whether the residents of Tomé want or don’t want an automotive shop in the area. The Valencia County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Valencia County Board of Commissioners denied the request by Bernardo Garcia, et al.
The request was denied after much testimony, evidence and petitions presented to these bodies by the actual residents and taxpayers of Valencia County.
The resident of Rio Rancho, who felt justified in writing a letter criticizing the residents of Tomé, appears to be misguided.
Until these individuals start paying taxes and living in the area impacted, then possibly their position may have any credibility. It is certain that Rio Rancho residents would not appreciate Valencia County residents to become involved in issues that pertain to their community.
If these people are so supportive of an automotive shop, then maybe they can accommodate Mr. Garcia.
The issues surrounding an automotive shop in Tomé include, but are not limited to, safety, cultural and historic preservation, environmental and conditional use flexibilities.
Valencia County Code Enforcement must protect its taxpaying citizens by enforcing the decisions made by our elected officials.

James Fischer, Rita Padilla-Gutierrez, Patricia Sanchez, Rosemarie Romero, Theresa Rodriguez, Debbie Hensen, Timothy Baca, Joe Baca, Marlene Wingo, Myrna Smith, Orlando Ortega, Juanita Ortega, John Griego, Patti Dibble, Mike Labrecque, Robert Keith, Tom Palmer, Phil Jaramillo, Phillip Eldrod, Don Atencio, Shirley Atencio, Louraline Chavez, Steve Chavez, and Stan and Judith Bechtol