Letters to the editor (06/19/14)

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Employees are critical
Editor:
While I am not leaving the city, but remaining in another capacity, I write this letter, as former city manager because I feel it is important the public know just how much our city employees deserve your respect, appreciation and admiration.
I personally want to thank them for having been there and supporting me through some very difficult financial years. There will always be a few who will not agree with anything you do but that’s to be expected.
I try not to judge anyone for what they say or do because I know that God will take care of me, and them too. But it is important to me that everyone know that without the dedication and loyalty of most employees, this city would have gone under.
They have survived low wages, furloughs, additional duties and the many complaints we all had to endure in an attempt to keep this city clean and functional, while we all worked hard to bring us back into the black.
City of Belen employees just don’t get the credit they deserve. We still have people who think the city owes them everything while the city itself does without so much. People need to take pride in their own city and help make it what it should be, not expect the city to do it all on its own. Funding is no longer as easy to obtain as it used to be.
I also wish to thank former Mayor Rudy Jaramillo for always believing in me and for supporting me, right or wrong. I want to thank Sally Garley, former city manager, because she too taught me more than she knows.
I want to thank my husband, Gilbert, for always standing behind me in whatever I had to do for the city I spite of how difficult it was at times.
But most of all, I want to thank my God, who, I believe will see me and the city through anything and everything.
I wish the city of Belen and its employee’s all of God’s blessing, financial well-being and happiness.

Mary Lucy Baca
Belen

Give the guy a chance
Editor:
I’m having difficulty with my thinking in the exchange of the inmates from Guantanamo and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. I believe I used the correct wording: difficulty, not confused.
The majority of you recognize the issue for what it is, rather than what it isn’t. I’m hoping this will address those who have mentioned (to me) some confusion, the concerned others I have not met, and our role as public citizens.
Be assured I have no more information about “insider-action” than any of you. However, I have a small advantage in obtaining some information, and that is no mystery when you consider these: time (retired) I have available that I spend a lot of it reading history, researching on Internet sites and while receiving treatment at the VA Hospital.
In the past, I was an official veteran history writer, met a lot of fellow veterans, heard stories about many experiences, and as many opinions.
I feel strongly about Bergdahl being able to come home. We can not circumvent our existing law because we righteously feel we should be “prosecutors.” If the soldier left his post as a deserter, we can expect the system to find that out. If mentally ill, that same system will find out about it, if he betrayed his men into harms way or if simply captured by the enemy, we’ll learn that, also.
Those of us joining in demanding pre-emptive punitive treatment are wrong! Acting out as a mob clamoring to prescribe punishment before he is heard or tried or to despise him because we think he’s guilty of an offence, have forfeited their rights to judge.
None of us, with passions set aside, would allow any citizen to be declared guilty without being heard; that right is the promise of the document every veteran swore to up-hold. The underwriters of that promise are all who lost their innocence, a part of their bodies, or who never came home.
Those are the reasons I would be miserable in my service were it rendered useless and foolish by my hand. Do not let some temporary emotion cloud the purpose for your service. And, thank you for that!

F. Guy Glover
Los Lunas