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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god

Santa Fe, NM

#41 May 31, 2009
Bill Todd wrote:
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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
could the conversation on this site get any dumber?

Since: Sep 08

La Madera, NM

#42 May 31, 2009
Well, you tried.

The Russians think it is Marxism.

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/1...

I have my own thoughts.
Commenting

Santa Fe, NM

#43 May 31, 2009
"Constitution-trashing Dick Cheney ..."
Alex Ross, Santa Fe

What part of the Constitution is Mr. Cheney trashing, Alex? Please be specific in your citations. Thanks in advance for educating us.
Zorkon 756

Kihei, HI

#44 May 31, 2009
god wrote:
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could the conversation on this site get any dumber?
I'm left speechless!

But when we see the argument certain republicans such as Lumpsberough give to intellectually defile the public regarding Sotomeyer, we must give them credit.

They have no shame. This is the secret of successful capitalism.

It's called smoke and mirrors. Seeing as to how capitalists like to consider themselves Christians, perhaps it would be more correct to WalMart as God's dirty little secret.

At least they practice what they believe and are out of the closit.
Zorkon 756

Kihei, HI

#45 May 31, 2009
closet

“JustAThought”

Since: Feb 09

northern NM

#46 May 31, 2009
Bill Todd wrote:
<quoted text>
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
Captialism is also predicated on constant growth and therefore eventually finds its own illogical end.
james andrews

Sacramento, CA

#47 May 31, 2009
Would all of the democrats and Latino (and Latina) organizations be as solid in support if Bush had nominated Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court? He is Hispanic.
Frank Stewart

Sterling Heights, MI

#48 May 31, 2009
Dave Nelson wrote:
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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.
Stay on point please, this is not about immigration. Yet another red herring, but I will not be deterred. The point is about extra costs to you and me generated by Walmart, not illegal immigrants.
As far as a "successful business model" I thought a company that suppressed free market and supply/demand principles was good fodder for an SEC inquiry. It's not just me that feels this way, tell me how successful Walmart has been at gaining share in Europe and the UK when required to operate in true competition.
he proved

Santa Fe, NM

#49 May 31, 2009
james andrews wrote:
Would all of the democrats and Latino (and Latina) organizations be as solid in support if Bush had nominated Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court? He is Hispanic.
himself to be an idiot and a flunky - of course not.

Since: Sep 08

La Madera, NM

#50 May 31, 2009
Frank Stewart wrote:
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Stay on point please, this is not about immigration. Yet another red herring, but I will not be deterred. The point is about extra costs to you and me generated by Walmart, not illegal immigrants.
As far as a "successful business model" I thought a company that suppressed free market and supply/demand principles was good fodder for an SEC inquiry. It's not just me that feels this way, tell me how successful Walmart has been at gaining share in Europe and the UK when required to operate in true competition.
To stay on point, your position is worthless. If WalMart has done anything illegal it would have been challenged. You are just whining, totally ignoring the realities that face those less fortunate than you, or those without the pretentiousness when buying goods. You are really stretching things in your attempt at an argument.

How many businesses have Home Depot and Lowe's closed? Why have you not criticized them?

There is NO legal reason why WalMart should not be able to build a store in Santa Fe, or anywhere else, if such store sells the same items as existing stores.

PC Chavez

“Hee-hee-hee, snort!”

Since: Sep 08

Laguna Beach/Santa Fe

#51 May 31, 2009
Dave Nelson wrote:
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To stay on point, your position is worthless. If WalMart has done anything illegal it would have been challenged.
Where have you been? They have been challenged and they lost in the zillions (but they can afford it)and they are still being challenged. Walmart has the biggest class action lawsuits going on in this country. Wake up, David, and do some research first.

Before you ask why they are still around, again, they are so big worldwide that they can handle constant class action lawsuits in the billions. Walmart is bigger than many nations total assets. Yes, Walmart is bigger than nations. That shouldn't give them the right to the control they have over people. Look it up.

Since: Sep 08

La Madera, NM

#52 May 31, 2009
PC Chavez wrote:
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Where have you been? They have been challenged and they lost in the zillions (but they can afford it)and they are still being challenged. Walmart has the biggest class action lawsuits going on in this country. Wake up, David, and do some research first.
Before you ask why they are still around, again, they are so big worldwide that they can handle constant class action lawsuits in the billions. Walmart is bigger than many nations total assets. Yes, Walmart is bigger than nations. That shouldn't give them the right to the control they have over people. Look it up.
They have deep pockets. That is why there are so many lawsuits. If they were doing something illegal the law would have done got them.

WalMart built their own purchasing, warehousing, transportation, and store network. It was an initiative and investment any of their competitors could have done. It is what allows them to sell things cheaper. A lot less middlemen. That is where the screaming is coming from.

Who would replace those thousands and thousands of jobs if WalMart wasn't there? There wouldn't be any because there would not be nearly so many people able to buy things because they had tons of middlemen getting a piece of the pie. WalMart has kept a lot of people in the consumering mode. You like paying a lot more to support some ad agency? WalMart is efficient because of their business model.

What don't you understand about that? Why are you so against supplying goods to people at cheaper prices? Those manufacturing jobs were leaving before WalMart started selling Chinese stuff. I saw Chinese and other foreign products being sold all over Miami back in the 80's and 90's. There was no WalMart in Miami then.

Walk into a WalMart and see the brand names they sell.
Frank Stewart

Sterling Heights, MI

#53 May 31, 2009
In other words if any organization has a class action lawsuits filed against it, it's simply because there is money to be made by the plaintiff. It is not possible in any way whatsoever that there is any solid basis for the lawsuit to begin with.
I hope you or those close to you never have a reason to bring litigation against any corporation because according to your reasoning the lawsuit would be worthless and you as the plaintiff would have no recourse.
I'll admit that many lawsuits have no merit and clog an already overburdened legal system. Unfortunately litigation is the only way to go sometimes when there is no other recourse and the claim is 100% legitimate.

With your reasoning though, legitimate cases don't matter. The plaintiff after all is only suing because the defendant has deep pockets. Good luck with that and good evening.
Frank Stewart

Sterling Heights, MI

#54 May 31, 2009
I forgot to add that PC is absolutely correct, Walmart has been got by the law. Settlements by themselves may not be complete admissions of guilt, but if the defendant is not guilty and has plenty of money to mount an infinite defense, why settle?

The only reason I can see would be to avoid public scrutiny and bury the skeleton as soon as possible.

“JustAThought”

Since: Feb 09

northern NM

#55 May 31, 2009
PC Chavez wrote:
<quoted text>
Where have you been? They have been challenged and they lost in the zillions (but they can afford it)and they are still being challenged. Walmart has the biggest class action lawsuits going on in this country. Wake up, David, and do some research first.
Before you ask why they are still around, again, they are so big worldwide that they can handle constant class action lawsuits in the billions. Walmart is bigger than many nations total assets. Yes, Walmart is bigger than nations. That shouldn't give them the right to the control they have over people. Look it up.
The none is quite correct on this point. Walmart is not faring well in Europe. In fact, Germany's economy began to falter when discount stores were allowed entry with the EU consolidation. Instead to buying more cheap, worthless [email protected], people need to be holding picket signs. There have been communities all over the US, that held Walmart out. Protesting against them united the communities and their local businesses became stronger with local businesses providing goods at reasonable prices and the money stayed in their communities.
Yasmine Haldeman

Albuquerque, NM

#56 Jun 1, 2009
After grueling through the theatrically-snooty bashing's of your food reviewer A. Qasimi, who formerly disappointed us in her rantings for the Reporter, I am horrified. Not only is the article "The Day the Diner Stood Still," an embarrassment to the Santa Fe community at large but also to writers and journalist alike. Anyone that has lived in Santa Fe for a decade or more is very familiar with the Flying Star/Satellite Cafe establishments in Abq and the long anticipated arrival of their Santa Fe location. Flying Star is far from "unfamiliar" to those of us who travel outside of Santa Fe and should be treated with welcome and excitement rather than bitterly harsh words with every bite. As a Portland, Oregon transplant, I am not satisfied with the Santa Fe restaurant scene in the slightest nor is it deserving of what Qasimi refers to as having a "high benchmark for comfort food" unless your from God knows where. Santa Fe takes the cake for red and green Chile and all the many ways it can be plated and tweaked but as far as good ole' comfort food goes we have a long way to go.
After visiting Flying Star's rail-yard location several times since its early May soft opening, I was more than please with their variety and their sometimes to a fault friendly and helpful service.
The article reads as a bribe rather than a true and journalistic approach to a welcome not so "unfamiliar" addition to our ever changing city. There are plenty of sub-standard and "local" restaurants more deserving of Qasimi's attacking criticism's. These local favorites keep deceiving us due to Santa Fe's passive complacency when it comes to something different. How ironic that it's called The City Different.-
Id like

United States

#57 Jun 2, 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.
You know what is really expensive "to the general taxpaying population as a whole?" Your mom's pension and all the other public sector employees that are now retired and collecting benefits. I am a business owner and if I want a retirement, I have to earn it myself. If I want health insurance, I have to buy it myself. I am not bemoaning your mother or what she deserves, but to sit here and tell us that are not working for the government that we should shop local, does not make sense.

Don't believe me? Look at GM and Chrysler. It was the labor unions and their entitlement benefits that put them down. Now the U.S. taxpayer owns a majority of GM. When you buy a car, do you look at the "human rights" records of the country in which it originated? If you drive American, many of those parts were fabricated in Mexico.
Question

United States

#58 Jun 2, 2009
Frank Stewart wrote:
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.
I have a question. If all the people you say are unfairly treated at WM did not work there, would they have jobs? If not for WM, many of them would not. As for the insurance issue, would they have insurance if they did not work at WM? As a small business owner, paying the insurance premium for her became such an expensive burden that I had to shut the office down just for me to survive. Insurance is a problem, but why should it be the problem of the employer?
Class action

United States

#59 Jun 2, 2009
PC Chavez wrote:
<quoted text>
Where have you been? They have been challenged and they lost in the zillions (but they can afford it)and they are still being challenged. Walmart has the biggest class action lawsuits going on in this country. Wake up, David, and do some research first.
Before you ask why they are still around, again, they are so big worldwide that they can handle constant class action lawsuits in the billions. Walmart is bigger than many nations total assets. Yes, Walmart is bigger than nations. That shouldn't give them the right to the control they have over people. Look it up.
Class action lawsuits are caused in many respects because lawyers dream something up against large corporations with deep pockets. They often times are not legitimate positions, but brought forward because some law firm wants to make a killing. You know it, and I know it and we all pay for it in the end.
Cynic

Santa Fe, NM

#60 Jun 2, 2009
Class action wrote:
<quoted text>
Class action lawsuits are caused in many respects because lawyers dream something up against large corporations with deep pockets. They often times are not legitimate positions, but brought forward because some law firm wants to make a killing. You know it, and I know it and we all pay for it in the end.
Fear not citizen! Giant mega-corporations are your friends! They are incapable of doing wrong!

How do the taxpayer pay for it in the end, by covering the medicaid/medicare benefits for Wal-mart employees (because Wal-mart intentionally pays them so little, how benevolent of them). Next you'll cite the job they create; more accurately the jobs they displace. No one moves anywhere to get a stocking job at Wal-mart.

Lets not even get into the issue of captive labor forces in China/SE Asia/Mexico. You know,$3/month is good money, especially when you have to use it to pay for your mandatory dorm, and mandatory cafeteria gruel.

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