October 1, 2022

People, take back your good manners in public | Letters to the Editor


Since we are all starting to come out of our collective forties, it seems that a certain etiquette has disappeared for some of us, which is how to behave in a theater for a live performance.

We recently attended a concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center where people were talking incessantly throughout the show, loudly and over the performers. It wasn’t just disrespectful to the performers on stage, but incredibly rude and annoying to the rest of us who paid to hear the band, not to hear you talk about your dinner plans for tomorrow. If you’d rather chat with your friends, please stay home and stream something – we don’t really care to hear your conversation, and artists deserve better treatment.

There’s nothing quite like getting girls together for hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities in small groups of like-minded peers and role models, so STEM Santa Fe is thrilled to be able to host the party. Our annual STEM Pathways workshop for girls in person as part of Pandemic Safe Practices at Santa Fe Community College on October 30.

Women remain under-represented in STEM fields, in part because between the ages of 11 and 15, gender stereotypes and the lack of female role models in STEM careers lead to a sharp decline in girls’ interests in these fields. Research shows that involving girls in grades 5 to 8 in hands-on STEM activities outside of school and involving them with female role models in STEM helps girls feel empowered to have impact on the world through STEM. That’s why we hold this conference every year.

Spaces are limited and registrations close on Sunday, so register a girl while you can at tigesantafe.org.

I support city councilor JoAnne Vigil Coppler at the town hall. After following the last four years of urban unrest under the current leadership of the municipal government, I am concerned about the future of Santa Fe. Having served the city for 16 years (eight as city councilor and eight as mayor) , I am more than aware of the challenges Santa Fe faces and the difficult responsibilities that our leaders carry. Since leaving office, I have never supported a candidate, but I have not been able to sit on the sidelines this year.

Over the past 30 years our city has faced many challenges, and together we have been able to meet those challenges without the bitter divisions we experience in Santa Fe today. Former Santa Fe leaders addressed the conditions drought, strategic water planning, solid waste disposal, affordable housing, recreation and law enforcement without dividing our city and recognizing that all of our citizens must be heard.

It is clear to me that Vigil Coppler is not only the most qualified candidate, but that she can restore a sense of community to municipal government – a sense that will listen to all of our citizens, no matter when they made their home in Santa Fe. Please vote for her and make your voice heard.

I recently read that one of our greatest American heroes had passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of General Colin Powell.

In December 1972, I arrived in Korea at the age of 17 and was assigned to the Honor Guard of the Second Infantry Division. Shortly after I arrived, a commander by the name of Col. Colin Powell was brought in to help quell the racial unrest, which he did by warming us up with taekwondo, then running five miles each morning, we making them too tired to go down. to the village and party and get in trouble. His plan worked.

If anyone asks about Powell and who he was, I have a ready-made answer: “He is the very embodiment of a gentleman.

Unlike other high ranking officers, he never left the Generals’ Mess so drunk as to be obnoxious, nor would he speak at a lower rank; instead he would have a light conversation and go about his business. Many Americans will miss his wisdom and knowledge, like me. Once, when asked if he voted for a direct Republican ticket, he replied that he had not voted for a party, he had voted for what he thought was right or what was right. better for America. Once again, his wisdom will be missed.

To one of the greatest Americans to ever walk the face of the earth, and to the greatest patron I have ever served under, I offer my final salvation, sir.