Letters to the editor (08/21/14)

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Food and service were bad
Editor:
There is a small restaurant on Main Street in Belen that is well known for their New Mexican dishes. It’s owned by a family, who is well known in town.
My 12-year-old son and I had eaten there a few times, and wished to stop and have a late lunch. However, our experience was not very pleasant at all. As we walked in the restaurant, we were fighting off the flies.
We sat down and our server, who was very polite, served us our drinks and also an order of chips and salsa. The tables were very sticky as if somebody had and wipe them down before we ate there. I didn’t want to make any immediate snide comments because the owner, whom I’ve seen before sitting at the very same table, was obviously in a grumpy mood by the way he was treating his staff.
My son ate a majority of the salsa, we placed our order and he was just fine. However, when his food arrived, chile cheese fries to be exact, he got up and ran to the rest room. It was very apparent that something he had just eaten made him nauseous.
He came and sat back at the table and complained of a stomach ache ― the whole time the owner sees all this happening. Being a worried mom, I called the waitress to our table and tell her my son would not be eating the food we ordered because it made him sick.
I ordered him something else but she had failed to tell me she was going to charge me for the previous food he did not even lay a hand on. She took it back, while the owner followed, and they dumped the food. She brought him a new plate, which he did not touch either because he was so sick.
Only when our bill arrive did I notice they charged me for the food they dumped. I politely went to go pay my bill as the owner stared me down and  asked the server if she can please take off the charge. The waitress looks over to her owner and he gets really upset with me and tells me that I should not have ordered it or I should have ordered something different.
Of course I didn’t immediately argue back because I did not want the waitress to think it was her fault. I paid my bill and told my son to go outside because I had to exchange a few words with the owner. I did not think that was very professional of him, and I wanted to let him know how rude he was being.
So the minute I spoke my mind, the owner became hostile with me and started to say mean words. He referred to my 12-year-old son and I as  “dirty.” He said we needed baths and kept yelling at me to get out of his restaurant!
I left the place in tears, because I felt abused and embarrassed. I am very sorry that my son had to experience this, and it’s just a shame that this business owner can be so cruel to his customers who pay his bills.
The place was indeed unsanitary on many levels, and he will be expecting a visit from the health inspectors. This is not about the extra money I had to pay, it’s about the well-being and health of my child!

Beverly Chavez
Belen

We’ve done it to ourselves
Editor:
It’s as predictable as the sunrise: Every time there’s another school shooting, Barack Obama, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Diane Feinstein, Charles Schumer and every other left-wing liberal comes out of the woodwork and screams for yet more “common sense” gun-control law, as if another law can even begin to solve our problems.
Guns are no more responsible for crime than kitchen utensils are responsible for obesity. Removing either from society will not cure the underlying problem.
There have been no instances of mass peace breaking out wherever more gun legislation has been enacted. Think Chicago and Washington, D.C.
The tragedy of all these shootings is that the liberals overlook the fact that we now live in the America of their own making. For more than a generation, America, as a society, has embraced the concept that good and evil, right and wrong, are abstractions instead of absolutes.
We have become so amoral that we’re losing our ability to tell the difference. Our schools have also embraced these beliefs, teaching them to America’s youth and when they act according to what they have learned, we’re horrified.
I imaging that every liberal can tell me that murder is wrong, but I’ve yet to meet one that can tell me why it’s wrong.
A generation ago, we, as a nation, decided that we no longer needed or wanted God. He is being evicted from our government, our schools, our daily lives, and even from many of our churches. Without divine guidance, the concept of what is right or wrong, good or evil, becomes each individual’s opinion, and who is to say my opinion is any more or less valid than yours.
Such ambiguity validates the Nazi holocaust, Stalin’s purges, the Cambodian killing fields, and anything yet to come.
At one time, America was the worlds leader, not because of our wealth, but because of our morals and ethics. We now have nothing left to export but money and goods; our morality and ethics are not worth having.
There is old Gypsy curse that states, “May you get everything that you wish for.” America, we’re getting everything that we wished for. How’s it working so far?

Julian Romero
Los Lunas

ACTA’s views not responsible
Editor:
A PBS television interview (July 30), with American Council of Trustees and Alumni co-founder Anne Neal, was apparently distressing, according to some viewers. I should have added my voice at that point! No excuse; however, I was baby-sitting my 8-month-old grandson and he seemed more needy of my attention.
I’m not baby-sitting today, and I have a moment to share my views. Ms Neal, Harvard Law ’77, seemed to be ignorant of the responsibilities that colleges and universities share with parents, students and employees of their institutions. Her position on the problems students have with physical assaults and sexual attacks while in those schools “are the students’ responsibility.”
She says institutions’ efforts to prevent those episodes in campus life are sufficient through security, rules and regulations those learning centers have already in place. She and her organization are adamant that any new effort to require colleges to assist students, beyond calling for medical attention and telling the victims to report it to police, curtails or hinders the schools’ mission.
Current proposals by various government authorities seek information regarding the increasing numbers of crimes on campuses. Some colleges either keep no figures, especially on sexual assaults or cannot disclose what if anything was done about the “alleged” crime. Ms. Neal does not believe it is the institutions’ purview to be “an extension of law enforcement by looking into alleged incidents.” What extension of law enforcement?
Any student will tell you that a crime of assault is terrifying. The unfortunate victim of rape does not wish to run an ad in the local newspaper announcing the incident, or for the perpetrator to “show-up” to be arrested. Logically, he or she would turn to the “home-away-from-home” college or university first.
It is also a fact that many victims do not report anything because there is no protection for the victim’s privacy. It is a system worsened by Neal’s view of the problem, and the institutions’ scope of responsibility poorly administered to the society it serves.
It would seem that ACTA pronouncements would promote “send us your students, but we won’t offer much to keep them safe.” Denying responsible, effective and timely response-aid to any victim of a campus crime is contrary to our view of protection at any school. ACTA should rethink the larger view, and that of the victims!

F. Guy Glover
Los Lunas