Letters to the editor (09/12/13)

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Remembering when …
Editor:
Some believe a little slower and calmer kind of living makes the heart grow fonder and lengthens life. The social training to that end includes, among many things: being respectful to older persons, treating your neighbor as yourself, and teaching youngsters to say yes ma’m, but never yeah.
Well brought-up folks remember to always say thank you. Those are proven to be good ground rules, helpful in most situations, and useful as foundations in family and friendships. Those living that way believe the whole community looks out for kids, and public schools should emphasize the value of encouraging the lessons learned at the family supper table.
In later years, as grown ups appear where children used to be, the adult marriage gatherings made for renewal of old friendships at school reunions, and even funerals; the consensus is, that things work out because there is a continued sense of community. It was easier to participate because most remembered to be polite, good natured, and aware they are from that same fabric assembled years ago by the parents who understood the importance.
There are a few who believed they could mention gossip with impunity if they could somehow eliminate being misunderstood.
“Now I’m not meanin’ to talk behind Billy’s back, but y’all notice that he’s gettin’ a bald spot? In school, ‘stars, he had the red-est hair!” Another preface to fact: “’Shouldn’t say too much, but I remember Janie’s mama passed just before Junior-Senior Prom; her dress seemed to need a touch here and there. Poor thing! It’s alright, now though; she married that Adams boy down at the grocery store. They’re doing just fine.”
It appears reasonable to issue some sort of admonishment for that small-ness; however, there was nothing mentioned about Jenni-Ann’s weight, or Big Bo’s clumsy dancing, or Joshua’s flunking out at State. Those small offerings are little balances neither making a difference, nor influencing the outcome of character building, but are for little purpose beyond to elevate self through prattle.
Apparently, it’s a marker when people live real lives, reflecting on their world, and we all do. My grandmother used to say, “We are God’s flowers, and roses will bear thorns, too, honey.”
In time, some went to the military, got married for a myriad of reasons, and a few went to college. As the years passed, friendships faded as unwatered gardens, and the elders were no longer present to enforce guidance held in esteem; well, I suppose Sinatra’s “That’s Life” becomes a kind of mantra.
Still, it’s alright to remember that different time, and to be content recalling most of it with bittersweet pleasure. Living “back-there” is unhealthy we’re told, but remembering supports us in our todays, while we are here… just sayin’.

F. Guy Glover
Los Lunas

Poll gives her hope
Editor:
I celebrated the Fourth of July at Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park. I brought with me a list of 10 questions that deal with controversial issues.
It took four hours to conduct a random survey of a little more than 100 people. The participants included seniors (15 percent), adults (68 percent), and adolescents (17 percent). I want to share the questions and the results of the polling with you.
The 10 questions were: 1. Should marijuana be legalized? 2. Should the death penalty be abolished? 3. Should same-sex marriage be legalized? 4. Should universal health care be a basic right? 5. Would the world be a better place if women made the important decisions? 6. Should the minimum wage be increased? 7. Should the final decision on abortion be made by the pregnant woman? 8. Is the USA ruled by a military, industrial, political complex? 9. Should assisted suicided be legalized? 10. Is climate change real?
These are my findings: 1. The overwhelming majority of people polled needed little or no encouragement to participate. 2. All questions, except one, resulted in a yes majority response. 3. The one exception was the question regarding the death penalty. A strong majority (61 percent) did not believe that it should be abolished. 4. Eight of the nine remaining issues received a strong yes response: marijuana (52 percent), same-sex marriage (57 percent), universal health care (92 percent), better world (69 percent), minimum wage (86 percent), final decision (78 percent), military, industrial, political complex (83 percent), and climate change (81 percent), 5. The question on assisted suicide squeaked by with a 50.4 percent yes vote.
My own response to all 10 questions is yes. As a progressive, I was thrilled to see the willingness of the participants to freely express their viewpoints. Also inspiring was the degree of tolerance that was shown for positions that challenge the status quo.
With one exception, namely, the death penalty, the people polled clearly want to see the status quo changed. It’s not working.

Marie Forman
Belen

Fundraiser was successful
Editor:
Let’s Move That Food is a small, but mighty organization committed to feeding Valencia County’s hungry population. On May 13, Denny’s Restaurant hosted an auction/spaghetti dinner to benefit the program donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Let’s Move That Food.
I would like to thank the following businesses and individuals that donated and assisted in this wonderful event.
First and foremost, to Francine, Keri and Rian of Denny’s, you were our pioneer event! Thank you. It was awesome and you are all amazing! (I highly recommend patronizing Denny’s).
Ribs Restaurant, Asian Noodle, Teofilo’s, Rutilio’s, Olive Garden, Los Lunas Walmart, Graphic Arts Station, Home Depot, Hub Furniture, Cinemark Theatres, Isleta Fun Connection, Claudine Montano, Martin Anaya, Jay Tabet and Lou and Barbara Lusero all contributed and made this event an evening to remember. Your generosity inspires hope and pays the way forward for more communities to receive food.
To the community for investing your time, your money and your prayers. God Bless
And to Louis, my partner; the energizer bunny that keeps us going and the wind beneath my wings. You are the reason this event was what it was.  Words cannot express the emotion I have for you or in what we do.. So I will close and say,
Keep smiling and shining for the Glory of our Lord,

Cyndi Sluder
Rio Communities