Letters to the editor for May 31, 2009

Letters to the editor for May 31, 2009

There are 64 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from May 30, 2009, titled Letters to the editor for May 31, 2009. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

The Santa Fe Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance congratulates Santa Fe County commissioners, Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office and the Santa Fe County DWI program for their commitment and persistence in implementing the DWI Vehicle Seizure Ordinance.

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Michaelangelo

Mesquite, TX

#21 May 31, 2009
Commenting wrote:
"The bashing of a highly qualified nominee for the Supreme Court is so sleazy on the part of the extremist right wing that, if I were one of the normal conservative population, I would be embarrassed and ashamed of them."
Victoria Ryan, Santa Fe
Just like the sleazy extremist left-wing bashing of Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork, perhaps? I recall that Samuel Alito was bashed so much that his wife left the Senate chamber in tears. Is this another example of sleazy extremist left-wing behavior?
Yes, Victoria, you should have been embarrassed and ashamed, but I doubt that you were.
Agree. What about the left wing nutjobs bashing of Miquel Estrada? These facists can't handle it when the shoe is on the other foot. They make me sick with their arrogant snobbishness. They are all the things they call Dick Cheney, and more.

“JustAThought”

Since: Feb 09

northern NM

#22 May 31, 2009
Michaelangelo wrote:
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Agree. What about the left wing nutjobs bashing of Miquel Estrada? These facists can't handle it when the shoe is on the other foot. They make me sick with their arrogant snobbishness. They are all the things they call Dick Cheney, and more.
No extreme, whether right or left is healthy.
Peskime

Florence, AL

#23 May 31, 2009
Santa Fe does NOT need a super Walmart. All across the US communities are fighting the invasion of these stores which bring low paying jobs (where people work just under 40 hours per week so they never get healthcare and the states have to step in) they sell poor quality **** from China that contains lead and other toxins. I say fight on!
Please

United States

#24 May 31, 2009
RandyNason wrote:
<quoted text>
It's a corporate giant that needs to be curbed. W-M is fine for remote areas, but not for SF or anyplace where there are plenty of other alternatives with better quality and comparative prices.
You mention "alternatives" with comparable prices. Really? If I go downtown to buy a four pack of Duracell batteries for my flashlight, what am I going to pay? Five bucks maybe. If I go to WM I can buy that same four pack for $3.00. So, two of my hard-earned dollars stays in my pocket so that I can go to the farmers market and by a $2.00 strawberry.
That all depends

United States

#25 May 31, 2009
JusThinkin wrote:
<quoted text>
settle for less stuff. What is better 15 pairs of cheap shows from Walmart or 3-5 pairs of better made shoes that will outlast the cheap [email protected]?
You bring up a really good point. But the answer all depends on your needs. For example, do you want to go to a specialty retailer like Goler to buy your four year old a pair of dress shoes that they might wear 3-4 times a year before they grow out of them? Heck no. Go to WM or thrift store for that sort of stuff. On the other hand, go to specialty outdoor store and buy yourself a sleeping bag of the best quality that will last 15 years if taken care of properly. Go to WM and buy their best sleeping bag and it will only last a couple of years and will not perform like the higher quality bag. Trade-offs everywhere that need to be balanced by the needs of whomever uses the product.

“JustAThought”

Since: Feb 09

northern NM

#26 May 31, 2009
That all depends wrote:
<quoted text>
You bring up a really good point. But the answer all depends on your needs. For example, do you want to go to a specialty retailer like Goler to buy your four year old a pair of dress shoes that they might wear 3-4 times a year before they grow out of them? Heck no. Go to WM or thrift store for that sort of stuff. On the other hand, go to specialty outdoor store and buy yourself a sleeping bag of the best quality that will last 15 years if taken care of properly. Go to WM and buy their best sleeping bag and it will only last a couple of years and will not perform like the higher quality bag. Trade-offs everywhere that need to be balanced by the needs of whomever uses the product.
That is correct, but I was raised in a family that did not have a lot of money when we were young and my mother taught us how to take care of things so that they would last. To this day, I can't bear to buy things that I know are not good quality and therefore despite how well I care for them will not last.
Frank Stewart

Sterling Heights, MI

#27 May 31, 2009
I'll say it again because neither Gloria or Enrique decided to respond on the previous thread.

Gloria,
I asked you if I was still considered local because I oppose Walmart and their labor practices (google W-M and forced overtime) and discrimination both sexual and racial agendas(google walmart and discrimination). Remember from the prior thread, we're not rich (mom retired schoolteacher, dad retired state worker, families been here for multiple generations). We may not have much, but we try and shop locally as much as we can because we support those "greedy" small business owners that are our friends, neighbors and relatives. I really doubt that we are part of the "majority" of Santa Feans that want to see any megastore in SF that will put our friends, family and neighbors out of business. Is that what you want to see happen, if so then why not live in Rio Rancho or some other place that has lost it's individuality and uniqueness to corporate greed all in the name of saving a couple of bucks.

As an example remember a great place called Tiano's sporting goods. They were local, they knew us, our parents and our kids. They were also my mom's neighbors. Their gone now because stuff was a little cheaper at w-m and kmart and so on. I miss them and regret the loss of every "selfish" small business owner that closes down because of a giant mega corporation that employs unfair competitive tactics to get rid of "selfish" small business owners.
Frank Stewart

Sterling Heights, MI

#28 May 31, 2009
Enrique,
Were you really serious when you used the threat of violence as a means to communicate your argument with that Homer dude? Just curious if that's how you resolve all of your issues? A foot up yo.......really ?????

PC Chavez

“Hee-hee-hee, snort!”

Since: Sep 08

Laguna Beach/Santa Fe

#29 May 31, 2009
Totally agree, Frank, plus the fact that Walmart's shannanigans are stutied in law school (almost a class of its own) for employment law.

I am really shocked and disappointed that someone like Gloria does not know the past damage of Walmart, nor the social costs and dollar costs Walmart has caused to the public (no insurance by keeping their employess part-time, no overtime, working through lunches without pay, largest discrimination against women suit ever, etc.). Who do you think pays for that? We do. So, no, you are not saving money in the long run by thinking you are saving 79 cents on a bottle of shampoo.

Gloria, I beg you to do some research.
Frank Stewart

Sterling Heights, MI

#30 May 31, 2009
Thanks PC. I guess it was pretty obvious that the "selfish small business owners" got to me, and it wasn't even Glorias' line. To the person that did use that line, any comment?
Bill Todd

Santa Fe, NM

#31 May 31, 2009
I sure find it funny about the Super Wal-Mart. I'll get my Wal-Mart fix on way or another. Since I am on the road part of the week I make sure to do all my shopping before coming back to Santa Fe.
Yes to Sotamayor

United States

#32 May 31, 2009
Finally, a Democratic president has nominated a pro-life Supreme Court Judge! Let's get her confirmed!
Norma W Long

Santa Fe, NM

#33 May 31, 2009
Another Walmart in Santa Fe, puke!

Since: Sep 08

La Madera, NM

#34 May 31, 2009
PC Chavez wrote:
Totally agree, Frank, plus the fact that Walmart's shannanigans are stutied in law school (almost a class of its own) for employment law.
I am really shocked and disappointed that someone like Gloria does not know the past damage of Walmart, nor the social costs and dollar costs Walmart has caused to the public (no insurance by keeping their employess part-time, no overtime, working through lunches without pay, largest discrimination against women suit ever, etc.). Who do you think pays for that? We do. So, no, you are not saving money in the long run by thinking you are saving 79 cents on a bottle of shampoo.
Gloria, I beg you to do some research.
Live on a small fixed income in a high rent place like Santa Fe with nothing but your boutiques and mom and pops without a WalMart.

Then come back and tell us the evils of WalMart.
Are you

Santa Fe, NM

#35 May 31, 2009
kidding? Have you ever been to Walmart after 6:00pm. It is nothing but Mexican illegals shopping there...and me. If the Dems crowd out Walmart, they crowd out our "sanctuary citizens". I don't see these guys at "on Your Feet" downtown.

No one has the right to tell me where to shop. Plenty of stuff at "on Your Feet" is from China and the price point is huge...so see you downtown? or see you at Walmart!
Frank Stewart

Sterling Heights, MI

#36 May 31, 2009
"Live on a small fixed income in a high rent place like Santa Fe with nothing but your boutiques and mom and pops without a WalMart.

Then come back and tell us the evils of WalMart."

Dave,
Like I said my mom lives on a SFPS pension and does not shop or support Walmart. You can do it if you don't generalize about "high rent" Santa Fe and use a little energy and effort to be thrifty and still buy quality products that last longer. There are these things that we call coupons and sales that we use to save 2-5k a year w/o shopping at Walmart.
Sorry but you don't need to lump us in with the "rich Santa Fean" stereotype.

Since: Sep 08

La Madera, NM

#37 May 31, 2009
Frank Stewart wrote:
"Live on a small fixed income in a high rent place like Santa Fe with nothing but your boutiques and mom and pops without a WalMart.
Then come back and tell us the evils of WalMart."
Dave,
Like I said my mom lives on a SFPS pension and does not shop or support Walmart. You can do it if you don't generalize about "high rent" Santa Fe and use a little energy and effort to be thrifty and still buy quality products that last longer. There are these things that we call coupons and sales that we use to save 2-5k a year w/o shopping at Walmart.
Sorry but you don't need to lump us in with the "rich Santa Fean" stereotype.
Well, bless your mother's heart for being true to her convictions. However, not everyone shares them, and/or gets a smaller pension.

Rents are not cheap in Santa Fe.
Bill Todd

Santa Fe, NM

#38 May 31, 2009
Commenting wrote:
"Perhaps the Democratic Party should rename the Republican Party "'The Republic Fascist Party.'"
George Stone, Santa Fe
"it's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt"
Mark Twain
Actually I think the Dems are moving from Socialism to Fascisim.

Socialism is a method of governing where the government controls goods and resources and decides for the people who needs what and everyone will work for the good of the people as oppsoed for their own wants/needs. It's unrealistic as it discounts human nature (hence why the Soviet Union failed and China is becoming capitalist)

Fascisim is a method of governing that implies total government control and oppression of all dissenting opinions

Capitalism is a method where individuals and companies control the distribution of goods and market forces. It drives competition and innovation as people act on the basic human nature
Frank Stewart

Sterling Heights, MI

#39 May 31, 2009
Thank you for the kind words about Mom. I still think the high rent comment is irrelevant and a bit of a red herring with regards to how Walmart does business. The bottom line is this; Granted exploitation has been occurring from day one (not just Walmart, but humanity as a whole), but when is enough enough? Are you ok with footing the extra costs we taxpayers absorb so Walmart and others can profit? Say for example no medical benefits for non-management employees. Isn't that cost passed along as an expense to the taxpayer in the form of subsidized public healthcare, welfare (if the salary is low enough) and other assistance programs. Walmart is the largest private employer in the country, so add that up and tell me your comfortable with it.
When you add up the costs of such externalities the product, from a purely economic viewpoint, is much more expensive to the general taxpaying population as a whole.

Since: Sep 08

La Madera, NM

#40 May 31, 2009
Frank Stewart wrote:
Thank you for the kind words about Mom. I still think the high rent comment is irrelevant and a bit of a red herring with regards to how Walmart does business. The bottom line is this; Granted exploitation has been occurring from day one (not just Walmart, but humanity as a whole), but when is enough enough? Are you ok with footing the extra costs we taxpayers absorb so Walmart and others can profit? Say for example no medical benefits for non-management employees. Isn't that cost passed along as an expense to the taxpayer in the form of subsidized public healthcare, welfare (if the salary is low enough) and other assistance programs. Walmart is the largest private employer in the country, so add that up and tell me your comfortable with it.
When you add up the costs of such externalities the product, from a purely economic viewpoint, is much more expensive to the general taxpaying population as a whole.
The costs of hosting illegal immigrants is much more.

WalMart is just a successful business model. There have been much worse monopolies in history. At least they hire locals and provide some income that would otherwise not be available. The medical benefits? I can tell you some horror stories about mom and pops and corporations and "benefits".

Insurance companies are much worse than WalMart.

People have to be fed and clothed. Jobs were sent out of the country, or given to illegal workers. That lowered the buying power of a very large mass of people, especially those without credit cards. WalMart helped to fill the gap.

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