Letters to the editor (02/02/13)

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Our names don’t reflect our lifestyles
Editor:
This is regarding a recent letter to the editor concerning families staying together in the Jan. 16 edition of the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
It was a nice, well-meaning letter, however, I think (correct me if I’m wrong) it contains an assumption which is not borne out by the facts.
I believe that the writer assumes that if a child (“kiddo”) has parents who have different last names that, in fact, the parents are not married — this is not necessarily true.
Indeed, my wife and I do have different last names because we both chose to keep the names we were each born with.
Our personal experiences during our married life together have been that people either assume that, being married, we must have the same last name, or that having different last names, we must not be married.

Eizo Nishiura
Los Lunas

Leading the country to path of socialism
Editor:
In a letter published in the Jan. 9 News-Bulletin, Paul Kinzelman states: “Hoover did the sorts of things that Mr. Schlessinger advocates and the economy continued to worsen.”
To further quote Mr. Kinselman: “However, a broader understanding of history does not support his claim.”
Perhaps Mr. Kinselman should follow his own advise. The truth is that Herbert Hoover was a self-described progressive who denounced a laissez-faire marketplace. Some of his achievements were to cancel private oil leases on government lands, pressured business leaders to maintain wage rates above their market level, and urged the Federal Reserve (the same folks who caused the depression) for $300 million ($4.2 billion in todays dollars) in quantitative easing.
In addition, to make matters worse, Hoover brought foreign trade to an abrupt halt with the Smoot-Hartley Tariff, $500 million ($7 billion in todays dollars) in stimulus spending for public works projects, and yes, stuck it to the rich by increasing the top tax bracket from 25 percent to 63 percent. (Sound familiar?) As Mr. Kinzelman states: “and the economy continued to worsen.” Who wudda thunk it?
Ironically, FDR of all people, criticized Hoover for over-taxing, over-spending, over-regulating, placing too many people on the public dole, and increasing the national debt.
Roosevelt’s running mate, John Nance Garner, accused Hoover of “leading the country down the path of socialism.” Subsequently, after his election, FDR put Hoovers Keynsian policies on steroids.
In conclusion, John Nance Garner was correct. Democrat and Republican lawmakers alike have been “leading the country down the path of socialism” for nearly a century. It is capitalism, free markets and private property rights that are responsible for the abundance of wealth that U.S. citizens have enjoyed since the industrial revolution yet, the arrogance and conceit of policymakers continue to lead them to believe that they can improve upon the results of a free marketplace.
With the coersive use of force, they have the arrogance to pick winners and losers. The arrogance to subsidize one bank and let another fail. The arrogance to reward inactivity while punishing achievement.
The audacity to dictate to supposed free individuals, the type of health insurance they buy, the firearms they can own, the education their kids can receive and even the food they should eat.
Our country spends far too much time and energy trying to separate church and state while failing to concentrate on the our most vital and urgent need of separating government from business.

Dennis A. Schlessinger
Valencia County Tea Party
Los Lunas

We need to do better by all of our animals
Editor:
Why do people do what they do ?
I do not know about you, but sometimes I do something and then afterwards I realize it was not a good thing to do.
But all of us have to realize that all our decision have consequences. We do those things and sometimes it cost us. OK, we have to pay.
But if it involves animals, they pay the price. The animals we choose depend on us. Whatever we do, they are either neglected or loved.
Please consider the options when you choose to adopt an animal, or not have your animals neutered or spayed.
There are many places where you can get help having your animal spayed or neutered.
Call Animal Friends in Albuquerque, and they will send you a form to fill out. At Pet-Co in Los Lunas, they will do the surgery.
Would it not  be nice if all veterinarians  would spend every month one afternoon to spay and neuter for free.
We’ve had a problem in the county for a long time. Will it get better?
Too many adoptable animals are being put down. Why?
They appointed Victoria Murphy at the Animal Protection of New Mexico recently to look into options we maybe have at a limited base to do better in this area.
The way we look after our animals, that is the way we are judged. We are here for only one lifetime, using this Earth, not misusing it.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal not to people or things,” said Albert Einstein.
Please consider the options when you choose to adopt an animal, or not have your animals neutered or spayed. There are many places where you can get help having your animal spayed or neutered.

Magda M. Rundles
Los Chavez