Letters to the editor (07/24/14)

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Community was generous
Editor:
Members of the Luperto Garcia Chapter of Disabled American Veterans wish to thank all the wonderfully generous people who made our Forget-Me-Not fund drive in front of the Walmart in Los Lunas on July 5 such a success.
Your generosity was overwhelming. We had a wonderful time meeting all of you, joking with some of you, hugging others and hearing about the veterans in your family. We were especially pleased to have the opportunity to meet many fellow veterans.
Your generosity warmed our hearts. To all who contributed, we say, “thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Lewis E. Green
Adjutant
Luperto Garcia Chapter, DAV

Tiger players were pleasant
Editor:
I was at the Fourth of July parade in Los Lunas, enjoying the day, when the Tigers football team approached us shaking everyone’s hands.
I was surprised. All I could think of is these are a bunch of good guys. Rather than walking past, as most people do, these guys took the time to come and say, “hello,” and wish us a Happy Fourth.
I don’t know who’s idea this was, but it impressed me so much I needed to mention it. (I’m sure I will be attending  this season.)
Haven’t been there to watch since my son played there. Great job Tigers! Good luck this season.

Debra Torres
Los Chavez

Pep talk for earning a degree
Editor:
A pep talk for earning your degree
After reading the column, “Will a college degree really help my future?” by Ian Myers, I was intrigued to do a little research, since my personal experiences have been far different from that of Mr. Myers.
To address these experiences, I will start off with my brother, who earned his degree in chemical engineering last winter. While finishing up his degree, he began applying to different jobs in which he was interested, while maintaining a student research position at the University of New Mexico for the engineering department. He was off to Huntsville, Ala,. within two months after graduating to work in his desired field.
How about the medical profession? According to the Gallup poll for honesty/ethics in professions; nurses are seen as the most trusted profession, pharmacists follow in second and medical doctors come in at No.4. The way I see it, this is because these people have lives in their hands!
With that type of responsibility, I sure would hope that getting into medical school, pharmacy school, nursing school or any program of the type, would be competitive. So yes, getting into these professions is a challenge. Even so, I have had two friends graduate from nursing school with jobs lined up at places in which they shadowed and interned at.
I personally received three job offers in just a matter of two months as a pharmacy intern, through networking and plenty of applications. The job I hold is designed to transition interns into a pharmacist position after graduation, so as for me, I have a job lined up and I am three years away from my expected graduation!
Sometimes personal experience is not so convincing, and that is where my perspective becomes solidified. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of unemployment in 2013 was at 4 percent for those with a bachelor’s degree, and 7 percent with some college and no degree.
How about the median weekly earnings for both? In 2013, those with some college, no degree were earning, on average, $727 weekly, those with a bachelor’s degree, $1,108. I don’t know about you, but $400 extra a week is enough to keep me in school. Not to mention, most employers in fields that offer worthwhile benefits and a long lasting career, are looking for people with degrees.
In conclusion, I have decided that there is not so much a shortage of jobs but a shortage in work ethic. As I wrote this, I realized that those who I know to have come out of college with a job in hand are the ones who put in the extra effort.
It may not be enough to simply go to your classes and get decent grades, but to also network and gather experience in your profession before you actually expect to do it. Our society has grown into one of great entitlement.
Those with degrees feel they should be hired solely based on that piece of paper, when really you should have credentials backing up that degree. Whether it be shadowing for a few hours or putting in the time to network.
So as to whether or not the degree is worth it, put in the work and I can assure you it will pay off. Who wants to be slaving away at McDonald’s anyway?

Daily Garcia
PharmD candidate 2017
Los Lunas

It’s easy to criticize
Editor:
I read with interest some of the things Mr. Jose Campos wrote recently regarding the letter written by Rita Padilla-Gutierrez.
I continued to be amazed at what seems to be convenient or selective involvement when it comes to Tomé and its rich history. Every time one brings up Tomé, of course, they have a history here or their ancestors were from Tomé, etc.
These are the same individuals who criticize the people from Tomé for their stand and position on preserving its history and ancestral farms and agricultural lifestyle.
It is easy for Mr. Campos to state his position when he is politically protected by at least one powerful elected official in Valencia County. He claims ties to the area, and that may be, but where is Mr. Campos when we need support and help?
Padilla-Gutierrez’s actions speak for themselves with her dedication and support of the community center, providing personal financial resources, time, physical labor and much more.
This brings me to the question of the senior centers in Valencia County. Has anyone questioned the management there? Are there fair employment practices there? Are employees treated right?
There are so many questions that should be asked. I’m reminded of former Gov. Bruce King, who very innocently and in his own way, described “the box of Pandoras.” Perhaps now is the time to ask questions and open that box.

Joe Baca
Adelino

Parents need to teach
Editor:
With school starting in a few weeks, I would like to remind parents that we all have a lot to do to get our children ready for the new year.
Above all, we all need to remember to encourage our children to do their best and make sure that they have fun learning.
It’s not only the teachers’ responsibility for educating our children. We, as parents, have to be our children’s primary educators. We need to read to them, we need to be there to help them with their homework and we need to encourage them to learn.
It can be easy to leave our children’s education to the professionals, but it’s not all up to them. As parents, we are responsible for not only the well-being of our kids, but for their futures, which means making sure that they are well educated.

Melissa Chavez
Los Lunas