Letters to the editor (09/15/12)

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Remembering the first LL Schools crossing guard
Editor:
Now that school has started and I was stopped at a school crossing zone watching the crossing guard cross the school children, I suddenly found myself thinking about the first Los Lunas School crossing guard.
It was back in the 1960s and 1970s.
His name was Cecilio Tafoya. He became a school crossing guard after he had been retired a year or so. He was hired by the Los Lunas Schools as a special police officer.
So, in addition to being a crossing guard, he also served as a security guard at football and basketball games, school dances and all other school functions.
He also helped with truancy problems and talked to kids about staying in school, but his main duties were as a crossing guard.
In the early years of his career, he would cross the school kids at the intersection of Main Street and Luna Avenue. This is where the junior high and high schools were both located at that time.
Later, in his last few years, he was at the intersection of Main Street and N.M. 314.
He was a very dedicated man and loved his job very much. He loved talking to the kids and finding out who their parents were.
He never missed a day of work and always wore his uniform proudly. It was always clean and neatly pressed and his hat was always on straight.
He took his job very seriously and always made sure the school kids crossed safely.
He took great pride in his work and was always being praised for the way that he did his job. Even the kids had great respect for him.
And the kids, even their parents, would bring him homemade pastries and other goodies and gave him different gifts throughout the year to show their appreciation.
The school administration and staff had high regard for him and the work that he did. They also presented him with many letters of commendation and certificates of appreciation throughout his years of service.
When he retired after nine years, due to a decline in his health, they gave him a retirement party and a beautiful plaque, which reads, “In Appreciation for Nine Years of Service as Special Police Officer.”
He was a very modest man and said that the only gratitude he wanted was knowing that the school kids got to school safely.
He really enjoyed his career as a crossing guard and missed it a lot when he had to retire. He made a lot of friends during those years, not just with the kids and their parents, but also with the school administration and staff.
He used to reminisce about events and things that happened during his career. He also remembered the kids that he used to cross to and from school. Even the kids remembered him and came to talk to him whenever they saw him. Even to this day, someone will tell me they remembered my dad.
Yes, I’m proud to say that Cecilio Tafoya was my beloved father, the first Los Lunas Schools crossing guard.

Lawrence Tafoya
Los Lunas

Debunking some USPS myths
Editor:
The Postal Service has been in the news a lot lately.
Sometimes the information isn’t entirely accurate. It’s time to dispel common myths associated with the Postal Service.
Myth: The Postal Service wastes taxpayer dollars.
Fact: The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage and other products and services to fund operations.
We’re required, by law, to cover our costs. And it’s been that way for more than 30 years.
Myth: The Postal Service is inefficient.
Fact: Ten years ago, it took 70 employees one hour to sort 35,000 letters.
Today, it takes two. U.S. addresses have grown by more than 12 million in the past decade, while the number of postal routes has declined by 13,000 and the number of employees has declined by more than 200,000.
That reduction in employees has been achieved without layoffs.
Myth: Mail is not reliable.
Fact: Independent quarterly surveys confirm the Postal Service has achieved record service reliability.
On-time overnight delivery of single-place First Class Mail is better than 96 percent. Mail is also trusted, safe and secure, as federal laws protecting the sanctity of the mail are enforced by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates about 2 percent of identity crimes occur through the mail.
Theft of a wallet or purse is responsible for 5 percent, meaning your documents are safer in the mail than they are in your pocket.
Myth: The Postal Service is not environmentally friendly.
Fact: The Postal Service is a respected sustainability leader, promoting environmentally friendly practices long before doing so was encouraged or mandated.
Last year, we saved more than $34 million and generated $24 million in revenue by reducing energy, water, consumables, petroleum fuel use and solid waste to landfills.
USPS has won more than 75 environmental awards. It is the first federal agency, and the first company in North America, to receive the prestigious Gold Award from The Climate Registry for sustainability efforts and recusing greenhouse gas emissions.
Myth: The Postal Service can’t compete with the private sector.
Fact: The Postal Service can and does compete. Our closest competitors, UPS and FedEx, pay us to deliver more than 400 million of their ground packages every year in residential areas and on Saturdays. In turn, we contract with UPS and FedEx for air transportation to take advantage of their comprehensive air networks.
Although the stamp prices have increased about 33 percent over the past 10 years, this increase is in line with inflation.
By comparison, private carriers raised their prices by as much as 60 percent in the same time period. The Postal Service is, and has always been, a bargain.
Myth. Mail is no long relevant.
Fact: While it is true that mail volumes have fallen 25 percent in the past 10 years, mail remains a great communication tool and the Postal Service is the backbone of a $900 billion industry.
Regardless of geographic location, anyone can send a letter fro just 45 cents anywhere in the United States and its territories. And last year, Americans did still used the mail — 168 billion times.

J.V. Martinez
Postmaster
Tomé

Telles family thanks everyone
Editor:
Thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks to Pastor Williams and Living Water Pentecostal Church and all members.
Thanks to Trevon for the music and the Praise Dancers. Thanks to Pastor Tommy Merendon and Sister Rosa. Thanks to Eddie and Linda Lechuga from California. Thanks to Sen. Michael Sanchez and his beautiful wife, Lynn.
Thanks to Barney, Larry from AICC Christian Church. Thanks to the Valencia County New-Bulletin. Thanks to our best man and maid of honor Mr. and Mrs. Martin Jaramillo, to all of our special guests, to all of our cooks and photographer Bro. Berger.
Thanks to our children, Ed and Savannah, thanks for the cake; Sadie Telles and Justin, to Andrea Telles, happily single; and to our grand kids, Uzziah, Hollie, Mackencie and Estrella.

Ed and Pat Telles
Belen

BF community  center back open
Editor:
The village of Bosque Farms and the Bosque Farms Community Center/Senior Meal Site would like to extend our warmest thanks to all involved for making the center’s open house on Aug. 9 and the grand re-opening on Aug. 10 successful.
The community attendance and involvement were overwhelming for these events.
For the grand re-opening, thanks go to all of the volunteers, including the mayors and elected officials, who served our seniors.
Thanks to Humana for providing cake and to many others who supplied a myriad of treats and to Ribs restaurant for providing liquid refreshments for the occasion.
All of the people enjoyed the music that was provided by Wayne Gallegos, who was our DJ, thanks again Wayne.
Special thanks go to the Valencia County Older American Program Director, Joseph Campos, for always being available to help us with our needs and to all of the staff of the VCOAP who are always so helpful.
The Valencia County Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Bertha Flores and administrative assistant, Ann McDole, join us regularly at the center to offer their kindness and assistance, as well. Thanks ladies.
Thanks to all who attended to help us celebrate our newly renovated center.
Last, but not least, thanks to the village of Bosque Farms for always being willing to help set up for events and seeing to the needs of the community center.

Rose Poitras
Director
Bosque Farms Community Center