Letters to the editor (05/02/12)

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Grateful for supporters of LL Fun Run/Walk
Editor:
The village of Los Lunas and the Los Lunas Police Department would like to express our sincere gratitude to all sponsors, volunteers and participants that contributed to our eighth annual Cops and Kids Fun Run/Walk held on April 1.
An event, such as this, cannot be accomplished without the support and hard work of individuals that volunteer their time to make it happen.
Chief Roy Melnick and members of the police department are grateful to the following agencies and businesses that contributed funds, donated goods, or provided  their services for this year’s event:
A & T Pump and Well, Mountain States Wrecker Service, Edeal Dairy, Adobe Flowers, R&R Glass, Caliente Designs, Dion’s, RAKS Building Supply, MC Auto, Weck’s Restaurant, Sara Lee, G & A Mobile DJ, D Alicia’s Jewelry.
Dixon Travel, Fill Up Gas Station, Road ID, Valencia County DWI Program, the village of Los Lunas and the Los Lunas Schools for the use of their facility.
Special thanks to the Valencia County News-Bulletin for their coverage of the event.
Thank you to all walkers, runners and special guests that attended.

David Gurule
and the Fun Run Committee
Los Lunas Police Department

Proposed hospital site is not best location
Editor:
Susan Hershberger’s recent letter on the hospital, or lack of one, had some valid points. Primarily the distance.
I have done several studies on locating various businesses. I always started by taking a map and drawing a circle that would take in the most customers and suppliers. Patients are the hospital’s customers.
Using a local map, draw a 25-mile circle with the free site at the intersection of Manzano Expressway and N.M. 47 at the center.
Then draw one using the proposed site near Interstate 25. It is readily apparent that the site offered by the VIA is much better suited to the most patients.
The premise that we should have it near I-25 is not valid; it should be readily available to the most people that are in need of it.
Politics should be removed from this important decision and logic and common sense used.

Donald Bice
Las Maravillas

Thumbs up for some, down for others
Editor:
The time has come for a show of thumbs.
It is thumbs up, plus an additional 12 gold stars for Noblin Funeral Service in Belen. They have shown a constancy in developing a landscape plan for their business, which is always pleasing and well maintained.
It’s thumb up for Wells Fargo Bank, the Valencia County News-Bulletin and Pete’s Cafe for similar reasons including the show of great pride in how their businesses appear to the public.
Some homeowners deserved recognition as well: A high five for the widow on 10th Street, the single man’s house on Third Street and a working couple near Circle K.
Thank you all for those outdoor chores you do everyday.
Thumbs down and more go to CenturyLink for the desecration of those stately pine trees, which so long have added a tint of green along Reinken Avenue. For whatever reason, the company has done a great disservice to Belen for removing these trees.
We all have the right to protest such actions, yet apparently, no one did so.
Finally, it is a thumbs down for the city of Belen for allowing existing landscaping to deteriorate.
It’s spring! Time to trim the ornamental grasses along Main Street and Becker Avenue. Cut the weeds, prune trees, replace dead plants and activate all those existing water lines for which we paid so dearly.
Remember, as individuals, we get only one chance at first impressions of Belen.

Ken Gibson
Belen

Obama is trying to divide the country
Editor:
As the election nears, I feel certain that our country cannot survive another four years of this administration.
In my opinion, there is a conspiracy to take away our constitutional rights as Americans and bring our country to its knees.
That so many people do not take the time to listen, learn and be aware of what is happening is very frightening.
I am 71 years old, married and semi-retired. We do not belong to the 1 percent that all the “occupiers” are hollering about, but Obama will want what is ours anyway.
We worked hard for what we have so he can give it to someone that’s too lazy to get out and work for a living. The Bible says “if a man does not work, he does not eat.”
Now that is not a direct quote, but the message is the same.
Obama is trying to divide our country with his rhetoric. Politics in this country has gotten so low and filthy that we are the laughing stock of the world.
Some people have the vocabulary to put things in a way that you can quickly understand them. Here is a quote from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out more so than we do in America.
This was translated to English from an article in the Prague newspaper, Prager Zietungon, written on April 28, 2010.
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency.
“It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgement to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.
“The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.
“The Republic can survive Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”
It is sad that someone in another country can see what we, as Americans, cannot. If the “progressives” continue in the war to destroy America as we know it, what our grandchildren will have to deal with is truly scary.
We need to pray for America as never before.

Darla K. Gleason
Belen

Don’t blame others, take responsibility
Editor:
In response to the Occupy letter on March 28, Mr. Kinzelman assumes I am not engaged.
Assumption is very dangerous now days.
I have been to two Occupy meetings, one in Ft. Worth, Texas, the other in Dallas, and both were the same.
They had the same mentality as the anti-Iraq war movement I experienced at the Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, during the Bush presidency.
They are upset at anything the conservative Republicans stand for. If you don’t think the way they do, they do not want to converse with you.
I found that they want free college  education, they want free health care and the 99 percent want part of the 1 percent’s money.
It’s part of the “redistribution” theme that Mr. Obama is touting in his stump speeches.
Has anybody noticed that they do not protest the Apple Corp.?
Steve Jobs (an avid Democrat) was making huge profits on overpriced items, but he, along with Bill Gates, are not protested and go unchecked.
When we were born, God provided us with a free will and God did not promise us a rose garden. I found that the some Occupiers’ made wrong choices in life and want the government to turn back the clock and make their mistakes right.
I found that most Occupiers’ do not want to pay their dues in life and want the use of full benefits, as if the Constitution  guarantees it.
I too made wrong choices in life, but I blame nobody but myself. I refuse to play the blame game.
Liberals often ask me why I am against the Occupiers and President Obama. I simply tell them, “Because my momma raised me as a Catholic the old fashion way.”
I refused to support anybody that thinks it’s OK to kill an unborn baby, same sex marriage and destructive liberalism.
I fight the good fight. May God bless us all.

Delbert A. Gabaldon
Grapevine, Texas