Sidewalks need to be maintained for people to use them | Letters to the Editor
The idea described in the editorial (“When it snows, it’s time to clear the sidewalks,” Our View, January 4) that sidewalks are considered transportation corridors in a Michigan community is how Santa Fe could also view its walkways as essential to the economy and the health of the community. In my community of Tierra Contenta, many sidewalks are cluttered with parked vehicles, overgrown bushes and weeds, basketball nets, garbage cans, and snow and ice after a storm. I walk regularly and see a diversity of residents walking as well, including families with strollers and young children on toys and older people using canes or even a wheelchair.
The biggest problem with sidewalks is the underlying construction oriented towards the walkways that the sidewalk passes. Many sidewalks dip sideways when crossing a driveway. This means that children on bikes or scooters, in strollers and cane users are all forced to cross a potentially dangerous angle. I find it so uncomfortable that I walk down the street. Pedestrian safety and convenience should be primary drivers of sidewalk design, and much more could be done to educate homeowners on their responsibilities to keep sidewalks clear. Tierra Contenta’s sidewalks are indeed transportation highways to parks, a library, schools, bus stops, and daily walks for people who enjoy the benefits of walking outdoors. But sidewalks are often difficult to negotiate, reducing the number of people willing or able to use them.
New Mexico has a rich hunting and angling heritage that connects community members to nature and the outdoors. For generations, Hispanic families have relied on wildlife as a sustainable source of food, and hunting and angling are cultural traditions that strengthen our relationship with the land. We express our gratitude to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fisheries for publishing the Hunting Information and Rules Booklet in Spanish, allowing for increased participation in hunting and fishing and enabling Spanish-speaking New Mexicans to continue practicing a centuries-old tradition that puts food on the table.
As the state with the highest per capita population of Hispanic residents and with the highest percentage of Spanish speakers, the translation of the Official Rules and Regulations Booklet prioritizes fairness, equity, and justice. inclusiveness. It also provides a level playing field for community members wishing to apply for big game hunts, while helping to mitigate misinterpretations of the rules on and off the field. Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and the Outdoors (HECHO) is proud to have participated in the review process and will continue to work with the Department of Game and Fisheries to ensure complete Spanish translations of all rules publications.
Senior Field Coordinator, HECHO
Green New Mexico is prosperous New Mexico. Ask your representatives to support the New Mexico Green Amendment – it’s the best way to protect our beautiful natural resources and our most vulnerable populations, while ensuring the continued prosperity of the people of New Mexico.
Likewise, don’t put up with the oil and gas industry’s latest scam, blue hydrogen. We no longer need ties to this dangerous industry. Let’s move on to wind and solar. That’s what people want. Invest now in a just transition to clean energy. To quote our MP, Teresa Leger Fernández: “Ahora es cuando!” We do not have time to lose.
management team, Indivisible SOS
Obviously, Trader Joe’s does not require masks – only recommends them and will offer a mask to an unmasked customer. Employees will not confront or refuse service. After checking out, I spoke to a manager to point out that like many older people, I shop on Wednesday mornings. I also pointed out to him the number of old people in the store. I suggested the store might have a more visible and explicit “masks required” notice at the front door. He was offended by my suggestions and responded by saying, “You don’t tell me how to run my store.” I pointed out that everyone shopping, except for one person, was masked. And the person without the mask was actually smiling. It only takes one person to spread the virus, and our numbers are already on the rise.