Letters to the editor (03/27/13)


Dollar stores make an impact on community
In the article titled “Tomé group doesn’t want dollar stores,” Mrs. Padilla-Gutierrez notes that there is a criticism against the people of Tomé  that is unfair, but yet the comments from the audience seem to warrant that criticism.
My wife and I both hold full- and part-time jobs, have four vehicles and are not on food stamps. We frequently shop at both Dollar General and Family Dollar, what type of people does that make us?
We are in favor of more jobs, retail options and tax dollars for our county. We want to see our community grow and flourish.
Shame on you, Crystal Romero for insinuating that we are “criminals and lowlifes” for going into these types of stores. I am offended by your comments.
Look around, crime happens everywhere! You say you were raised in Tomé. Do you live there now?
We were raised in the Belen area, have chosen to reside here, in Rio Communities, and we support growth without social economic profiling or belittling others.
You attempt to shine a negative light on these businesses, but we would like to educate you with the fact that Dollar General helps thousands in their communities by focusing on literacy. They believe that being able to read is the foundation of improving life for Americans.
Family Dollar has a giving program whose purpose is to provide basic necessities of life to seniors, minorities and at-risk youth. Sounds to us like either conveniently located business would be a good neighbor.

George Martinez
Rio Communities

Many need and want to shop at dollar stores
I would like to make a comment concerning the article in the midweek edition, March 20, “Tomé group doesn’t want dollar stores.”
The woman that made the remarks about dollar stores, these type of stores attracting “criminals and lowlifes”  and “people on food stamps.” I guess your mama didn’t teach you that “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say nothing at all.”
Who are you to judge? Be thankful that you aren’t on food stamps, or have a car that you don’t have to walk to the store. Times are hard, and there are many that have to or need to shop at dollar stores.
You talk about Chinese junk, what about the car you drive or the television you watch, the microwave you use? Are they all American made?  They’re just bought at a “larger” dollar store.
I, myself, do not live where they would ever put any store, and do not know what or how I would feel in that position, but it is just mean to say stuff like that.
Be thankful for what you have, and keep your mean remarks to yourself.
Again, who are you to judge? And by the way, how do you know what types of people go into the dollar stores if you have not gone in yourself.

Brenda Sanchez
Casa Colorada

Romero’s remarks were uncalled for
I read with interest the article in the March 20 paper concerning the proposal to build a (dollar store), or a similar facility in the Tomé area.
While I am not a resident of Tomé, and I am not supporting that the above take place, I and others are very offended by the comments made by Crystal Romero, a Tomé resident.
I consider myself an educated person with the means to shop wherever I please, but have often frequented these types of stores because of some good bargains.
And no, not everything in these stores are “Chinese junk.” Many of the cleaning products, art supplies and greeting cards, to mention a few, are made in the USA. I love buying things like this at a bargain. I believe a lot of people buy at these stores for the bargains. I do not think they are all criminals or lowlifes, as mentioned in the article.
I do respect the feeling of the people who live there, however, Crystal Romero’s comments were not only offensive, (but they were) uncalled for and way out of line.

Virginia Cable

Open letter to Sen. Clemente Sanchez
Dear Sen. Clemente Sanchez,
I must admit that I am perplexed in seeing your committee vote in support of SB 416. I recall during our conversation on my front porch last September that your main goal, if elected to the Senate, was to be an advocate for New Mexico small businesses.
May I assume from your support for SB 416 that you are an advocate for small businesses who have 11 or fewer employees, but those with 12 or more, not so much?
Another question: If you feel that forcing employers’ raise wages to their employees is a good thing for the state, why would you exclude anyone? In addition, since you are willing to interfere with the free-market economy and a minimum wage of $7.50 per hour is too low, how did you arrive at $8.50 per hour? Why not $8.59 or $24.37?
Finally, I did a little math as an example. Let’s say there is a landscape contractor serving Los Lunas or maybe Grants. The business currently has 12 employees, all who earn $7.50 per hour. The total weekly payroll is $3,600.
Should SB 416 become law his payroll will suddenly be $4,080 per week an increase of $480 per week, which he gladly accepts as his minor sacrifice to the collective. Another option for the employer is to get rid of one of his employees and demand more production of the remaining 11, he saves $780 per week.
In addition, the employer can spend that same $780 at Walmart just as easy as his 12 employees could and the New Mexico economy is equally stimulated. If you were this employer Senator, how would you respond?
Your clarification on these questions will be most appreciated.

Dennis Schlessinger
Los Lunas