Letters to the editor (09/05/13)

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Kind-hearted people exist
Editor:
On Friday, 26 July,  I was at the Subway in Belen. The young man ahead of me ordered a flat bread sandwich.
After he left, I ordered and, when I went to pay, the young lady at the register told me the young man in front of me had paid for my meal.
I thought that was very kind of him to do that. It is nice to know there are still a few kind-hearted people out there.
I went outside to try and thank him in person, but he had already left.
I just hope that he gets to read this in the paper — that I was really touched by his kind gesture.

Catherine Jernee
Belen

Thank you for support of vets
Editor:
Once again Americans all over this great nation celebrated our Independence Day, likewise so did the citizens of Valencia County.
Thank you to the village of Los Lunas for a great parade, great entertainment and the best fireworks display ever.
As always, Daniel D. Fernandez VFW Post 9676 led the way with its Color Guard and showing of the largest U.S. Flag in the Southwest.
This was the best open house that we have ever had and for this we have to thank many businesses and many hard working volunteers.
Thank you News-Bulletin and radio station 89 for their postings and announcements; thank you Benny’s Restaurant of Bosque Farms, you have been there for us for so many years.  Flowers Bread Store, in Peralta, thank you again.
Fiesta Tents, thank you as always.  Los Lunas Walmart Distribution Center, you have always supported our veterans.  Leo’s Beef Jerky, we can always count on you.
Thank you Mike Sosa, Korean War Veteran and family for providing water to the flag bearers along the parade route.
Now to the volunteers who worked long hours to cook, serve, clean and who put this open house together and fed hundreds of visitors to our post.
Thank you Dolores Lovato, Lina Garcia, Carol Aragon, Jordan Moody, David Valenzuela, Stan Herrera, Lillian McNabb, Cheo Trujillo, Teresa Lucero, Margaret Gutierrez, and a special thanks to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 318 for their Color Guard and the use of the large flag.
Also thank you to our drummer Ryan Rael and especially the 50 or so men and women veterans and all the volunteers who helped carry the large American Flag in the parade.

James Garley
Commander
VFW Post 9676

Hospital inn Belen would serve the whole county
Editor:
We would like to express our gratitude to Valencia County Commissioner (Mary) Andersen for supporting the building of a hospital in Belen. She is quite right in advocating a hospital which will serve all the county as opposed to the one proposed for Los Lunas.
The Los Lunas hospital would be a for-profit hospital that would be beneficial to some of her constituents, but it  would not be a hospital for the whole community.
She is right to question an expenditure of $5.5 million for the Los Lunas facility because that is not interest; it is expected annual rate of return on investment and is far higher than what a non-profit hospital would have to pay in interest for borrowed funds.
That surplus revenue would be better utilized to expand services rather than to fill the pockets of some hedge fund.
Or that surplus revenue could be used to provide a fund for times when revenues do not meet expectations, thus saving the county a need for another mill levy.
Obviously, any district would benefit economically if the hospital were built in their district, but a hospital is not about economic development.
It is about using county funds to support a hospital that will best provide services to all members of the county.
It never dawned on Los Lunas Mayor Robert Vialpando that Commissioner Andersen was advocating the Belen facility because she is choosing the facility that she thinks will best serve the whole county and not just her constituency.

Josephine Romero
Horace A Cox
Rio Communities

Thanks for the moratorium
Editor:
When my husband and I were approached with a petition to prevent locating a dollar-type store in Tomé, down by the gallery, we were told that the other dollar store was a done deal, and we couldn’t prevent it from being located right next to Almost Anything Stored, where we store our typical excess belongings.
So we more or less accepted that one would locate there and there was nothing we could do about it.
Ms. Jaramillo’s letter help put a number of things in perspective. I was at Almost Anything Stored, paying my storage fee, right after a lady had rolled her SUV right over the chain link fencing there and into the parking lot.
And the business had just repaired their fencing from an earlier accident on that stretch. Their landscaping was toast.
We have only lived on N.M. 47 for five years, but are very aware of the speed bullying that goes on daily, also the wailing of the ambulances at all hours of the day or night.
We appreciate the new signage at “Dead Man’s Curve,” but I really doubt that the signage will reduce the carnage.
People who drive the speed limit are harassed daily, and the preponderance of vehicles regularly follow each other at speeds over 60 miles per hour at a distance of less than 30 feet; sometimes, they appear to be tailgating right on one’s bumper.
Everyone wants to be there, yesterday. I doubt they will even notice the sign, just like they don’t notice the speed limit sign.
We came from a rural setting of 10.5 acres in Washington state, and still wanted to be in an agricultural setting, rather than in a house with neighbors 20 feet away, so we chose to live in such an area. To be on the historic El Camino Real, in the Tomé Land Grant, is a plus, with Tomé Hill visible and near.
I have been tempted to put up a sign in our yard, stating, “If you want to go 75 MPH, look west and use Highway 25.”
It is not as if we don’t want businesses to locate in Tomé, but we love its rural nature; sure, we have to follow hay machinery and tractors, but that goes with the territory.
But businesses need to locate in safe areas; after all, they will be adding to the congestion on N.M. 47. “Dead Man’s Curve” deserves the name, and I didn’t know there were three roads coming together at that location.
That’s what happens when you have to go 50 around the curve, because someone is swiping your bumper. The shoulders that exist are there for a great number of reasons, not the least of which is safe loading and unloading of students at the beginning and end of the school day.
So, thanks to you, Ms. Jaramillo for your perspective on the situation we face in Tomé on a daily basis. And praise for the county that placed a moratorium on businesses in Tomé.

Judy Bechtol
Los Lunas