September 23, 2022

The right word makes the difference | Letters to the Editor

In discussions of health care worker shortages, I often hear that the “education” of nurses needs to be improved. This immediately catches my attention. Nurses are not “trained” like dogs or circus animals, but are educated in a rigorous professional program. Nursing education is a term frequently used by those who do not understand that this outdated term is disrespectful to a valuable profession. Today (February 15) I read a nice letter regarding the education of health professionals that never used the word training. Unfortunately, the title was “Nurse Education”, again undermining the value and education of nurses. I practiced nursing for 50 years during which I worked to educate the public to view nurses as educated.

I write about people who aren’t disabled making assumptions about people with disabilities. Some of these assumptions are that people with disabilities are asexual, that they cannot make their own decisions, and that they have nothing important to say. Another issue is that people with disabilities should not be able to vote so that they are not taken to voting booths. Voting is a right for disabled people, just as it is for able-bodied people. In addition, people with disabilities can make their own decisions and they should be listened to and not ignored. People with disabilities are sexual beings and should be able to express their sexual desires in a way that suits them. The film Sessions, from 2012, is a good example. I think that’s good Sessions was made because it draws attention to the fact that people with disabilities are sexual beings. People with disabilities should be taken seriously. We are people too. I am disabled and many times I have not been taken seriously.

Few leaders have the ability to turn vision into reality and Española Mayor Javier Sanchez is one of those rare individuals. For many years, he demonstrated absolute integrity, honesty, selflessness, decisiveness and perseverance. He moved forward on a myriad of important issues for the city of Española despite the obstacles in his path. Sanchez is a courageous person who is not afraid to tackle major issues, regardless of the political implications involved. This is the real character.

During his tenure, Javier was able to secure over $1 million in federal public safety grants to hire and train officers. He made a significant investment of over $8.5 million to improve parks and fire stations. Unlike many of its predecessors, it also achieved a balanced budget for four consecutive years. Interestingly, he also negotiated an easement settlement with Ohkay Owingeh after a 20-year standoff. The mayor has also made it a point to distribute a significant number of meals to seniors in need during the pandemic. Not so long ago, Javier kept the National Guard Armory and converted it into a lucrative distribution center.

Now that he is seeking re-election, the people of Española must be wondering if the city should continue to progress under his leadership.

In my opinion, the answer is obvious: yes.

It is an honor for me to support what I believe to be the best mayor in the history of Española.

The Sandy Hook Civil Settlement made me think there was an opportunity for states to take a look at the Second Amendment. Military-grade weapons should logically be among those “well-regulated militias” referenced in this amendment. States can purchase such weapons as motorized voter registration, automatically conscripting purchasers into the militia. Give buyers free ammo and a place to shoot it. Teach them tactics and observe that they display proper security and storage of firearms, etc. New Mexico might have avoided the tragedy of a downed family if the South Valley preacher had properly stored his military-style weapons. Thank you for posting the recent My View of the aunt of this child who killed her family (“For survivors of gun violence, a time to share”, February 4). It reminds us all of the responsibility of gun ownership in this country governed by laws that we (albeit slowly) police as voting citizens.