Letters to Editor

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:

In response to Janet Colville’s letter to the editor on October 30, Yes, Pro-Choice IS ABORTION! IT IS THE NEGATIVE CHOICE OF ENDING A CHILD’S LIFE (MURDER).

Planned Parenthood is about ending an unborn child’s life, even before having a chance at life. That was the intention of Planned Parenthood’s founder MARGARET SANGER. Ms. Colville, you are not very well informed. Abortion is legal and that is morally wrong, read Genesis in your Bible.

Dear Editor:

My Democrat opponent is trying to buy your vote with his promise of lowering your electric bill by 50%. Your common sense tells you this cannot happen.

His political Action Committee is spreading lies about me to scare you into voting for him.  Do not believe what they are saying. 

You need to know, I do not make promises I can’t keep and I would never stoop so low as to trick you out of your most precious resource “Your Vote.”

Dr. Gavin Clarkson is the best choice for all New Mexicans,
both on and off-reservation

Dear Editor:


My name is Sanda Jeff, a citizen of both New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. As a Democrat, I represented New Mexico House District 5 from 2008-2014, and I wholeheartedly endorse Dr. Gavin Clarkson, an enrolled tribal member, for New Mexico Secretary of State.

During the 2014 legislative session, I opposed legislation economically harmful for rural New Mexicans. Vice President Biden supported my principled position based on my district’s demographics.

Dear Editor,

My opponent and I agree on one thing: misinformation does spread like wildfire during election season.

My opponent, Karen Whitlock, and I have attended several public forums and debates together during the past few weeks. To the best of my recollection, she never directly stated her support for the oil and gas industry or mining as a strong economic driver for New Mexico moving forward. I have not made any claims as to where she stands about the industry.

Dear editor, 10/21/2018

While researching the candidates for NM House district 38, I came across a post that Rebecca Dow shared on her Facebook page from “truthinaccounting.org”. This group is associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) whose sole purpose is to write legislation to benefit its corporate donors. Legislation from them is for the purpose of taking more of working people’s money and funneling it to those wealthy corporations all the while saying it’s to help those of us struggling to make ends meet. The post I saw was talking about the tax “burden” that New Mexican’s have. By framing tax as a “burden”, they want us to think all taxes are bad (and perhaps we should lower THEIR taxes). Is calling the Sheriff or the Fire Department in an emergency is a “burden”? Is driving on smooth paved roads a “burden”? Is the education of our children a “burden”? Is having clean tap water at the twist of a knob in our homes a burden?

Dear Editor,

As you know, misinformation spreads wild during election. I would like to set the record straight on something the opposition is saying about me. My opponent, Rebecca Dow claimed that I do not support the extractive industries. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I worked for Phelps Dodge (Freeport McMoran’s predecessor) in the Environmental Department for 8 ½ years. I worked in the corporate office for 6 years before I came home to Tyrone for 2 ½ years. I was brought to Grant County by the mines. I returned to Grant County because of the mines. I met my husband at the mines. My husband still works for the mines. In addition, my godfather works at the mine, and my brother-in-law works in the oil and gas industry. Quite simply, I support the mines!

Dear Fellow New Mexicans,

My name is Mary Herrera, and I am a proud Democrat. I served as Secretary of State from 2007 to 2010, and prior to that position, I was elected twice as Bernalillo County Clerk. After I was elected as Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver did not have the votes to assume the office of Bernalillo County Clerk until I gave her my recommendation. I now regret ever recommending her, as both in her current and previous positions, Maggie was and continues to be personally responsible for rampant partisanship and corruption that has harmed New Mexicans and diminished their trust in our elections and institutions.

Without Propane as Winter Approaches:

As thousands of customers in the greater Grant County area have discovered, Ikard-Newsom , one of two of our local propane distributors, has been bought by a company out of Texas named Pinnacle Propane. There have been a number of unknown reasons behind Pinnacle's inability to run their newest retail propane acquisition and the net result of their expansion is a lot of homes are without propane. The poor receptionist at the new Pinnacle has been deluged with calls for propane and she has no answer as to when propane service might start. For some folks the situation is dire. With no warning that Ikard=Newsom was closing customers delayed their purchase because of our wonderful weather of late. But it almost froze at my house last night and it looks it's like a pattern of colder weather is setting in.