Letters to the editor (06/23/12)

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Election propaganda is well on its way
Editor:
The song from “Cabaret,” “Money Make the World Go ‘Round,” nailed it.
Unfortunately, most current money stories are depressing. Just to brighten the day, here are three bits of economic good news.
First, government spending has grown less under President Obama than under any president since Dwight Eisenhower, according to the Forbes article “Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower?”
The article includes statistics on the growth of average yearly spending during recent presidential terms. Ronald Reagan, 8.7 percent and 4.9 percent; George W. Bush, 7.3 percent and 8.1 percent; George H.W. Bush, 5.4 percent; Bill Clinton, 3.2 percent and 3.9 percent; Barack Obama 2010-2013, 1.4 percent.
(Spending in 2009 was set by George W. Bush’s last budget.)
Wow! That’s good news you won’t get from Fox News or most of New Mexico’s media.
(Fox opinionator Mike Huckabee accidentally told the truth when he said that if it wasn’t for Fox News, most Americans would think Obama is doing a good job.)
Second, the United States has imported less foreign oil over the last three years, contrary to claims by Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce.
According to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, oil production on federal lands and waters has been higher in every year of the Obama administration than it was in any of the last three years of the Bush administration.
Last year, 31 million barrels of oil were extracted from New Mexico’s federal lands, in contrast to only 22 million barrels in 2008. We desperately need to break our oil addiction, but we don’t need to worry about the propaganda of the “drill, baby, drill” crowd.
And third, New Mexico is no longer considered a presidential “swing state.” Glory Hallelujah!
We will escape the worst of the political propaganda deluge between now and November, but we’ll still need to rent a lot of DVDs.
As soon as New Mexico primaries were over, SuperPACs such as Karl Rove’s American Crossroads and the shadowy right-wing Iowa group American Future Fund, started pouring cash into our local Senate race.
The GOP and its allies plan to spend a billion dollars on their campaign to defeat President Obama.
Wouldn’t it be great economic news if they put that money to work helping Americans instead of flinging mud and lies?

Laura Sanchez
Los Lunas

LL officials are not in charge of highway
Editor:
Not knowing who Mr. Wilson is, I do not know if he attends any Los Lunas Council meetings, however I do and to give his complaint about Los Lunas traffic a little clarity I will try to explain.
1. Main Street is a state highway and Los Lunas does not have any control over it.
2. More importantly, we, Los Lunas residents,do not have any representation in the State Senate that amounts to any substantial support for our needs.
Rarely, if ever, does our senator appear at any council meetings.
3. It will take about 15 years to get an additional exits on Interstate 25 according to the engineers I have spoken to at council meetings. So far there have not been any drawings or plans submitted for additional exits other than Morris and that is so far into the future that the first dirt moved will take place when my great-granddaughter graduates from college.
4. Our council and senior administrators are as upset as you about our traffic problem. If they could influence any outcome  that would improve traffic they would be doing everything they could.
5. With funds as scarce as they are for highway expenditures, we may never see another exit as any funds that may be available will be vacuumed up by the Rail Runner.
6. It may be a suggestion for the voters could ask our state senator to help out.

James Taylor
Los Lunas

Our nation has become unrecognizable lately
Editor:
Picture a 12-year-old girl standing in from of the Supreme Court asking five questions:
1. Can I smoke? No!
2. Can I drink? No!
3. Can I drive? No!
4. Can I vote? No!
5. Can I have an abortion? Yes!
What if the price of democracy really was the slaughter of unborn children? Is this democracy we are practicing?
How did your democracy come to be such a sorry state? More than 55 million babies have been aborted since 1973.
Our nation, America, has become a nation of individualism, minimalism and hedonism since the ’60s.
Individualism: “What’s in it for me?”
This is an all consuming concern for self, which has proven that it always weakens families, relationships and countries.
Minimalism: “What’s the least I can do?”
This, coupled with the greed of individualism and the lust of hedonism, leads to the demise of the human character.
A few examples of minimalism are:
1.  … “And” still keep my job?
2. … “And” still get reasonable grades?
3. … “And” still keep my marriage alive?
4. … “And” still stay physically fit?
5. … “And” still get to heaven?
Minimalism is the enemy of excellence and the father or mediocrity.
Hedonism: “Pleasure is the supreme good.”
It emphasizes pleasure as the ultimate goal in life.
“If it feels good, do it.”
This ancient imposter has seduced and deceived present generations.
It produces men and women who are lazy, lustful and gluttonous.
The Roman empire was a perfect example. Hedonism is a passport to enslavement by 1,000 cravings and addictions, and in the end produces not pleasure, but despair.
In closing, the expectant mom is not with cow, not with chicken egg, not with eggplant. She is with child.
As 2,000 years ago, our blessed mother was with child — Jesus.

Gilbert Ulivarri Jr.
Belen
Association thanks Los Lunas for help
Editor:
Members of La Asociacion de la Comunicad de San Clemente would like to publicly thank the village of Los Lunas Utility Director Jim Blasing and Marcus Montoya, the village’s director of solid waste, for opening the village transfer station for two hours on April 28, providing us a place to dump our trash at no charge.
Thirty-one loads consisting of almost seven tons of trash was removed from our beautiful mesa on that day.

Virginia Smith
President
Janice Clinger
Secretary pro-tem
La Asociacion de la Comunidad de San Clemente