Letters to the editor (06/20/12)

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Our commitment to our fallen soldiers
Editor:
We would like to take this opportunity to offer a heartfelt thank you to all that played an important role with support and assistance and in the participation in the 26th annual 2012 War Heroes Memorial Day Ceremony on May 28, in Jarales.
It is a privilege and an honor to continue our patronage to our fallen heroes who have paid the ultimate price, remembering them and their families.
The original intent of this labor of love and this memorial is to pay homage to our soldiers and making sure we include their families who suffered greatly and continue to remember their sacrifice through the years that have followed.
Please except our true thanks from the bottom of our hearts. Our community is counting on us! It matters!
All gave some, some gave all!  Lest we forget.
May God bless you all!

Ruperto G. Baldonado
DAV Luperto Garcia – Chapter 29 Member
War Heroes Memorial

We need to understand issues before we vote
Editor:
In 1916, conservative Rev. William J. H. Boetcker wrote and published a pamphlet titled, “The Ten Cannots,” which emphasized individual freedom and personal responsibility.
Rev. Boetcker’s 10 cannots seem especially germane today, given President Obama’s endless, divisive attacks on his fellow American citizens who oppose large, intrusive (and in many ways unconstitutional) federal government; oppose annually recurring unaffordable trillion dollar plus national debts (Google the Presidents Fiscal Year 2013 Budget of the U.S. Government, Table S-2, Effect of Budget Proposals on Projected Deficits);  and, oppose ever higher federal taxes raised on half the tax-filing public (47 percent of tax filers pay no federal income taxes, and most actually receive money from those who do pay taxes).
Boetcker’s 10 cannots:
1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift;
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong;
3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men;
4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer;
5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich;
6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money;
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred;
8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn;
9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence;
10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
The reverend also published “Seven National Crimes,” which are:
1. I don’t think;
2. I don’t know;
3. I don’t care;
4. I am too busy;
5. I leave well enough alone;
6. I have no time to read and find out;
7. I am not interested.
As we approach the November elections, I pray we all think, understand current issues and their solutions; care for our own and our children’s future; find time to become involved; read; and stay interested.

Burton E. McKenzie  Jr.
Tomé

We should all try to volunteer, help
Editor:
A couple of years ago, I was blessed to go on a short mission trip to minister at the Blessed Mustard Seed Babies Home in Hoima, Uganda.
I experienced a deep appreciation for what we take for granted in our common life here on this side (of the Earth).
Rarely have I seen people so filled with joy, hope and expectation as I saw in the Ugandan people as they worshiped and praised God.
Even the orphans we ministered to were in a state of mind that expressed peace and abundant joy, which was extraordinary given their individual circumstances.
Here in Valencia County, we have so many more things than the people in third world countries like Uganda have: schools, access to health care, government programs to aid the disabled, elderly and infirm, decent pay scales, transportation, law enforcement services, a judicial system that functions, the list goes one and on.
I am very concerned for the youth in our county. I have been involved with several groups who share this same concern and are doing what they can to help make a better place and environment for our children to grow and mature into responsible citizens.
One of the programs that we have recently initiated is a mentor program that is overseen by Big Brothers Big Sisters.
We know that if children are mentored by someone who can help to foster self-esteem and assure them that they are valued and cherished, that the impact on the child can be life changing (and the mentors are blessed too).
We need caring citizens who are willing to give a few hours of their time to volunteer and become a part of the change that needs to happen in our community.
If you are indeed grateful and would like to give back something for all that you have received, please consider being a mentor.
You can contact Virginia Graumann with Big Brothers Big Sisters at 837-9223.

Rev. Robert L. Mundy
Vicar
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
Los Lunas

County election workers helpful
Editor:
I called the Valencia County Courthouse — Bureau of Elections. The following was my experience.
A very pleasant man answered on the second ring. I asked if today is OK to come down and early vote.
“Yes, till 6 p.m.,” he says. Also, they will be there tomorrow, Saturday as well. I complement our state for making this ease of voting available.
Then I asked about showing an ID to vote. He says as long as I’m on the voter rolls, it’s OK. This is a relief.
I like knowing that my election workers trust me and the process. This level of trust is all we seem to have left of our democracy, and personally, I don’t trust those who would make it more difficult for me to vote.
We might not be in love with our pick, but they represent something great.
So, c’mon now.

Charlotte Shirley
Los Lunas