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re: one car-length from death?

I never cease to be amazed at how close to one another people drive these days. It is not uncommon to see a half-dozen cars or more driving at high speed with little more than a car length between them.

If you are one of these people, think about this: What would you do if the car in front of you suddenly had a blowout? How long would it take you to react and take evasive measures? More than likely you and the occupants of your car would be seriously injured. Or dead. Ditto for the people in the car you slammed into, and those in the car directly behind you, and behind them, and so on.

Keep one car length of space between you and the car ahead for every ten miles per hour of speed. At seventy miles per hour that's about seventy feet. Just barely enough distance to react to any number of possibilities.

If you want to gamble, go to a casino. You might lose your money, but you won't lose your life. Slow down.

Gary Priester


re: Supreme Disposal thanks Placitas C of C for Signpost ad

I have just read the December 2002 issue of The Sandoval Signpost and we would like to thank the Placitas Chamber of Commerce for the biography they published regarding our company.

As in any new business venture we appreciate their kind gesture by featuring our company in their ad in the Signpost. I would have to agree that the efforts the chamber of commerce devotes to the success of their membership is most apparent. We fully intend to provide the best service to our community possible. This is our commitment.

Again thank you and happy holidays to you, your staff and to the PCOC membership.


José P. Arguello
Supreme Disposal


re: take action to save Placitas Open Space

The protection of the Placitas Open Space has been the focus of Las Placitas Association and countless community volunteers since it was founded seven years ago. The support that this community has shown toward this effort has been and continues to be truly heartening, and we can be very proud of this cooperative endeavor.

Likewise, we have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division. The City acquired the land from the Bureau of Land Management in 1966 under a recreation and public purposes patent. There is a reason that the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division is award-winning. Its people are knowledgeable, hardworking, responsive, and dedicated to open space protection.

A large portion of our combined time and effort has been directed towards the completion of the open space master plan. At our October board meeting, Ondrea Linderoth,of the Albuquerque Open Space Division, presented us with the completed plan. We were about to begin organizing the ribbon-cutting, champagne ceremony when we received news that the BLM was planning to revoke the City’s patent on the Placitas Open Space, in which case, ownership and management of the open space would revert to BLM. All of our efforts toward the realization of the Master Plan—the garden tour fund-raisers, the community volunteers and donations, the educational hikes, the grant from the Albuquerque Foundation which allowed us to the work done to have the 560 acres designated as a State Historic District, the $50,000 appropriation from the state, the Herculean riparian restoration efforts that have been going on for the past three years, and so forth—all will be rendered null and void by the stroke of a BLM pen.

A sense of powerlessness and disenfranchisement has threatened to overwhelm my motivation to continue with these efforts. Yet, in my better moments, I know that too much of our communal blood and sweat has gone into the protection of this open space to give up on it now. Since the outcome is still not decided and since the BLM also owns the three thousand-plus acres that surround the open space, it is important that we remain in conversation with the BLM and work toward the continued protection of the open space as surrounding lands.

The message that LPA would like to send to the community is that we really need your assistance right now. Please write to our elected officials (see our Web site at for details and addresses). And please invite us to your home-owners association annual meetings and other community events for updates and to gather community input.

Thank you, Placitas, for your past and continued support. We need you now more than ever.

Judith Hendry
Las Placitas Association


re: saving quality of life

I would just like to ask each person in Placitas who has concerns about open-space preservation, water use, traffic, and quality of life to take the time to write to Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior, about what is happening to the Placitas Open Space.

The BLM, as well intentioned as they may be, simply cannot put in place the kind of protections that our open space has now. Their mandate of "multiple use/sustained yield" and the present administration's leanings just aren't inclined in that direction. In contrast, the City of Albuquerque has an award-winning open-space program and an established track record of planning with local community concerns (not national ones) in mind.

While the BLM promises to update their plan so that they can offer more protection to their Placitas land, they don’t need to revoke the City's open-space patent in order to do so.

Gale Norton can be reached at: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20249. See for additional officials that you should write to if you can make the time.

Every voice is needed. Thanks for your support.

Carol Parker

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