Letters to the editor (12/1/12)


Economic turmoil has hit country in the past
In a letter to the editor printed on Oct. 20 Antonio Flores wrote “The way the (Tea Party) complain about President Obama’s stimulus program is laughable and shows a great deal of naiveté about politics and history.
I swear, it seems like these people did not learn anything in any U.S. history class they may have taken. Of course government stimulus helps the economy, and President Obama’s stimulus saved this country from what would have been the worst economic disaster in world history.”
As always, I appreciate Mr. Flores’s preoccupation with the Tea Party, yet I feel the need to point out that it is Mr. Flores who has missed the lessons that history has provided.
Liberals always conveniently neglect to mention the 1920 Depression. The 1920 Depression was worse initially than the 1929 Depression, but President Warren Harding significantly cut government and taxes and in 18 months, the Roaring ’20s was underway with 1.8 percent unemployment.
Due to an unfettered free market capitalist economy, the United States experienced exponential growth in the wealth and prosperity for all Americans.
Contrast that with the FDR plan. The 1929 to 1946 Depression lasted so long because progressives Hoover and FDR enacted massive government programs (stimulus money) that prevented the economy from recovering. Not until Congress repealed significant portions of FDR’s New Deal programs did the economy get back on it’s feet.
Now, let’s do a little math. The Warren G. Harding solution (as well as the Tea Party solution) to the 1920 Depression took 18 months. The FDR solution ( as well as the Mr. Flores and President Obama solution) to the 1929 Depression took 212 months.
The Obama solution to the 2008 Recession, 45 months and counting, $16 trillion in debt, Solyndra, the Chevy Volt, Fiscer, the Belen walk-over bridge, and yet Mr. Flores suggests that it is the Tea Party who needs to “wake up.”
Go figure!

Dennis Schlessinger
Valencia County Tea Party
Los Lunas

My reading material will always be close
(Recently) a group of friends and I were sitting around, and the discussion got around to communication.
They were talking about Facebook and websites. Not only were they the thing of the future, they were here now.
My heart skipped a beat. What am I going to do now? What do they mean no more magazines or newspapers or the printed word!
Yes, I know that Newsweek will stop publishing by the end of the year.  And many newspapers have cut their staffs — a lot. Why even the New York Times is now online. But the eventual end of the printed word?
Ladies, what will we do under the dryer, and men at the barber shop?  Waiting at the doctor’s office will seem like an eternity. And my bathrooms have magazine racks.
I send magazine subscriptions to my children and grandchildren for their “libraries.” Even my car is well stocked with reading material! So please, say it isn’t so!
But just in case, I’m saving my newspapers, books and copies of Newsweek, Time, The Week, Reader’s Digest,  The New Mexico Magizine, Prevention, AARP, Better Homes and Garden and Ladie’s Home Journal.
Thanks for you patience.

Nancy Faust

It’s hard to prove who is right and wrong
We continue to get bold, unassailable statements of policy and history from both the left and the right.
When you see or hear one of them you can be sure that if the writer or the speaker is speaking or writing so boldly it’s because they are defending the indefensible.
There is no way that they could prove that they are right. There’s no way they can defend the statement or policy that would be convincing to a disinterested observer.
Examples abound: “If we hadn’t rescued the auto industry as we did, the whole industry would have been destroyed along with all its suppliers causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
“Without the stimulus packages we would have fallen into a deep depression.”
“We need to develop alternative energy sources now because we’re running out of carbon-based fuels.”
“If elected I will create 12 million new jobs during my first term.”
“The war on drugs is a total failure.”
How would you go about proving these statements to be true or false?   Unlike the hard sciences the social sciences suffer from one grand fault:  It’s impossible to experiment primarily because you can’t control the parameters so that you can observe the effects of change.
Even when the event has occurred the result is often open to interpretation —or revision.
So, enjoy your biases. Revel in your prejudices. No one can prove them wrong. Or right.

Robert Sanders
Rio Communities

County doesn’t need to have two hospitals
In the News-Bulletin article of Oct. 24, titled “Cordova: Hospital won’t burden taxpayers,” we are told that no taxpayer funding, other than the mill levy is anticipated.
This certainly does not ring true. If it did, then we taxpayers can legitimately ask, “Why (more properly, why in the hell) didn’t Belen put out its own RFP directly? Why involve the county?
After all, it has a site already offered free of charge, a so-called feasibility study to prove the project viable (even though its false assumptions would make it necessary to totally re-do it) and all the enthusiasm to move forward.
So why does Belen need there to be a county hospital at all? It knows that the mill levy is there, waiting only for any hospital to open its doors. It will get that funding regardless of any previous relationship with county government, just as the Miller project will — that’s what the voters have mandated.
This insane notion that the Valencia County Commission needs to get into the hospital business and couple that with the city of Belen only proves that developer Tomita and Councilor Cordova had not given adequate consideration to their ambitions, and all the time had been planning to stick it to the citizens to finance them.
This so-called assurance to Commissioner Holliday about the protection of the taxpayers is only a face-saving attempt, not a true picture of what the JPA was about.
Further, to compare Miller’s already designed and already found feasibility facility with Belen’s yet-to-be determined facility, the citizens should realize that Miller is planning a county-wide network of medical services, which would mean, for the first time, some health care will appear on the east side of the county.
Belen has never mentioned a word about the east side. Both of these hospitals are to be full service, and both designed to fulfill the needs of the entire community. That has to lead us all to wonder why we need two of them — within 10 miles of each other?
Why should we have to wait until Belen puts out its RFP and then wait for one to solve the funding problem, when we could have a totally sufficient hospital to start within months?
If a ballot were put out now asking the residents to chose, would there be any doubts about the results?
It’s time that the county citizens let their voices be heard. Three commissioners have created a lopsided hospital race that has accomplished nothing except to put everyone in health care limbo until a winner emerges.
They have been hurting us repeatedly and are still doing so. Is that the kind of leadership we deserve? Please folks, speak up.

David Pemberton
Las Maravillas

Miller will build first class hospital
It has been said that no taxpayer funding other than the mill levy is anticipated. This appears to certainly be the furthest thing from the truth.
…It appears that Commissioner Holliday has not read the JPA and should take the advice of County Commissioners (Ron) Gentry and (Lawrence) Romero, who represent the south side of the county, before he aids in a phony attempt to help Belen.
It appears Holliday wants to see Belen fail and die as a city while he lives on the northern side of the county in Bosque Farms.
Why didn’t Belen put out its own request for proposal directly? Why did Belen city officials at the last minute get three county commissioners from the north side of the county to vote to enter into Belen’s flawed joint powers agreement?
Don’t ask Commissioner (Mary) Andersen, who is the commissioner responsible to  the people where Miller Architects will be building the hospital, because she doesn’t even appear to know who she represents …
Belen had a site offered, but took on a different approach because of the greed and dishonesty of a few property owners. Belen killed the enthusiasm to move forward and started the move to push for a hospital to be build on the $619,000 city purchased pond property and ended being reprimanded for the improper purchase of the property by the Attorney General’s Office.
Now certain persons want to fatten their pockets by selling additional property next to the pond property for a hospital. Belen officials, as a last resort, asked the county commission to join Belen in a JPA and the three commissioners from the north side of the county voted to join Belen in their last ditch effort to at least get a county hospital on a pond next to Interstate 25 at the expense of the taxpayers of Valencia County.
You think the north side county commissioners want to Belen to survive? Think again where these three commissioners live.
Miller Architects is going to construct a first class, profit making hospital? Miller Architects’ hospital will be a county-wide network of medical services, which will mean health care will be in Los Lunas as a private operated non-county hospital with no additional taxes for Valencia County citizens to pay.
It’s time that the county citizens let their voices be heard. Some Belen officials and county commissioners, Holliday (Georgia) Otero-Kirkham and Andersen have been hurting the citizens of Valencia County long enough. We don’t deserve that kind of leadership in Valencia County.
Speak up, take actions by calling your county commissioners and tell them to stay completely away from the Belen joint powers agreement and advise the Belen officials to put a stop to the actions of greedy people and let’s get the first class hospital in Los Lunas, which will help Belen progress toward a more financial positive situation.

Bob McKague

Athletic director isn’t accountable
The article regarding the Valencia High School varsity volleyball team in the Oct. 27,  edition of the Valencia County News-Bulletin brought to light a very disturbing reality within the Los Lunas School District.
It confirms my belief that there are inequities in how the district administers and enforces rules. In this case, the athletic director issued a directive to the Valencia varsity volleyball coach not to cancel a game that would cause them to exceed the allowed number of games per NMAA rules, and then disciplines the coach for exceeding the allowed number of games.
In the athletic director’s own words, “all employees must be held accountable for their actions or lack thereof,” who is holding the athletic director accountable?
He issued the directive not to cancel the game against West Mesa. In his position, he should be well versed in NMAA rules. He is the final authority and approves all scheduled athletic competitions for the entire district.
It brings into question the effectiveness and competence of the athletic director, and the need for the position. How can any manager/supervisor issue a directive to a subordinate and then discipline that subordinate for abiding by and carrying out the directive? That is simply wrong!
The athletic director masks his incompetence with arrogance and intimidation. His shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later philosophy is not an acceptable form of management, if one can call it that.
It is a fact that the Los Lunas varsity volleyball coach also over scheduled volleyball matches, yet was allowed to cancel the extra matches. The question here is: Was there a written reprimand and suspension issued to the Los Lunas varsity volleyball coach?
The administration of the Los Lunas School District cannot show favoritism to any school and must be consistent in the treatment of all students and faculty in the district (Los Lunas and Valencia).
In the end, who were the ones that were negatively impacted the most by this? The student athletes that is who. In his (the  athletic director’s) determination to make an example out of the Valencia High School volleyball coach and in an effort solidify his authority, the athletic director forgot that as an educator and education administrator his number one priority, are the students.

Joe Valencia