Letters to Editor

This category will hold letters to the editor, as requested by at least one Beat reader. This editor agrees that letters to the editor should be separate from editorials. Letters to the editor may not reflect the opinions of the editor.

Dear Editor - - - In this season of great blessing, as I gaze at the photos of my friends and loved ones that have passed, I feel a deep wondering that feels like "What If?"

What if, in the One Great Love, our caring for each other reaches beyond time. What if right now, in this moment, I can feel all the love and hope my parents, grandparents and friends poured into me. What if I can feel it not just in memory but in actuality. It is engulfing me right now. Their prayers are not frozen in time but live on, in and through that Great Love. So that in this precious moment that is now, I am still receiving all that has passed?

Dear editor,

I feel it’s important to speak out against comments made by former Western New Mexico University coach and dean Jim Smith, who was the keynote speaker for the university’s graduation ceremony this month. He told a story about finding girls in a boy’s dorm room decades ago and, as a dean at the time, said he lectured the young men about breaking the rules.

I am deeply concerned about the keynote speech given at the recent commencement ceremony at Western New Mexico University. Part of the speech referenced a story in which a student described a sexual assault. The story was—believe it or not—intended to be funny. It was not. Indeed, it was outrageous.

At no time, and in no context, is sexual assault a joke.

I would like to put the Immigration Matters column of November 20 in proper perspective. The columnist claims that 100,000 DACA applicants have been arrested. If there are 800,000 DACA applicants, that's 12.5% with a criminal record. If there are 600,000 applicants that would be 16.6%. According to the FBI, 29.5% of the general US population has a criminal record. It seems to me that the DACA applicants are pretty well behaved and should be welcomed.

 John Rokosz

The declarant refuses to testify; 
The declarant does not remember;
The declarant is either dead or has a physical or mental illness that prevents testimony; or
The declarant is absent from the trial and has not been located.

It is offered to help prove a material fact
It is more probative than other equivalent and reasonably obtainable evidence
Its admission would forward the cause of justice
The other parties have been notified that it will be offered into evidence

Tim Matthes
Silver City NM

As I read and watch the news, I see selfishness and deceit. It’s called partisanship, but it’s really hate and dishonesty. Even what I call my opinion is just a manipulation in a great game in which I’m not included. Something is very wrong. I am left with this one feeling of anger.
Like in the 1976 movie ‘Network’, I feel like opening my window and shouting, “I am angry as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!” In every direction, there is someone or something to be angry at.

I am angry at Boeing Airlines knowing their plane had safety issues and hiding it for years until 346 people died. I am angry at Obama for letting Wall Street off the hook after causing so many Americans to lose their homes. I am angry at the tobacco companies in the 1950’s knowing their cigarettes were addictive, caused cancer and would kill us. The list goes on.

Working in and around the State of New Mexico, it seems to me, The State doesn’t want you to apply for any positions.

Go to the New Mexico State website and look under employment, and all you find are links to private employment agencies, and that is total nonsense. The State of New Mexico needs to have more Transparency when it comes to jobs.

They need to be putting out a weekly newsletter on the front of the New Mexico State website page, stating how many positions within the state are currently available, feedback, and easy button for jobs on the front of the State Website.

Dear Editor:

Fabian Gonzales to be released, but is it Judge Brown's fault?

We all know too well that ABQ is a crime hub and many of us have actually experienced the criminal scourge against our homes, vehicles, and families.

The ire that boils up in us due to these violations, requires that we respond and that we respond in force. We begin to see evil everywhere and we demand justice. However, how will that justice be met out?

In this case, Fabian was originally charged with a heinous murder; however, upon further investigation, it was found that his role in this heinous act was complicit after the fact. He has been in jail for three years on a $1mm cash only bond. So, the question becomes, why let him out now, what has changed?