This category will hold letters to the editor, as requested by at least one Beat reader. This editor agrees that letters to the editor should be separate from editorials. Letters to the editor may not reflect the opinions of the editor.
Letter to the Editor
I see that infrastructure improvements are planned for the Silver City area in the near future. They are always needed. If handled well, this could benefit all who live in Grant County.
A major concern is that once a bid is accepted, the firms have historically “done a job,” but may not have lived up to the terms of contract, and the work is to be redone as soon as the taxpaying public has forgotten the pain and shame of the pathetic results of the last “improvements.” The firm that failed to do the work responsibly walks away without penalty, of course.
In the past week or two, the NM Democrat Senators have conducted secret meetings. Only people who they considered stakeholders in the M. H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act Amendment were invited. However, we are all stakeholders (entities who will be affected by this issue), so a number of us invited ourselves to the Wednesday, February 26 meeting at WNMU Miller Library. The amendment focuses on the Gila and San Francisco rivers, but also includes the Mimbres River and Las Animas Creek. The Mimbres River and Las Animas Creek are on the other side of the Continental Divide from the Gila and San Francisco rivers. Portions of them are included on maps showing designated sections. Las Animas Creek flows east towards TorC in Sierra County. Strictly speaking, none of these rivers is navigable. Also, those river segments which occur in Wilderness areas are already protected from degradation. The Middle Box of the Gila in the Burro Mountains is also included as a designated segment. This is where the Freeport McMoRan Gila diversion is located.
Letter to the Editor:
I see where the Silver City Town Council passed a new traffic ordinance making the blocking of a curb-cut which allows handicapped persons access to the sidewalk unlawful, in addition to the blocking of a handicapped parking space, which was already illegal. It seems this blocking action was aimed at, principally, delivery trucks in downtown, where one councilor complained a placard-displaying driver was blocked in and prevented from leaving, and when the delivery truck driver was asked to move to move he refused, saying he was making a delivery.
Please Mr. President, consider helping us rural residents of the State of New Mexico to STOP the designation of our local rivers and streams (The San Francisco and Gila rivers and their water sheds) as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Local environmental groups and our senators Martin Heinrich and Thomas Udall have initiated the process to start this designation without any input from us local land owners who would be directly affected by this designation.