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    re: criticizing the President

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

—Theodore Roosevelt
New York

 

    re: voting machine malfunctions

There have already been numerous reports of touch screen voting machine malfunctions in the pre-presidential election balloting in Sandoval County. Many voters have reported selecting their candidates, pressing the VOTE button only to see their selections switched to the opposite candidates. This is something that has been a prime concern since the introduction of these touch screen voting machines. To further complicate matters, there is no paper receipt provided to confirm the candidates for whom you voted

The company that makes a majority of these e-voting machines, Diebold, is also the company that makes most of the country's ATM machines. And yet Diebold claims the technology is not there to produce a paper record of your vote. Many states have tried out these machines (whose software is proprietary and not for public inspection) and found ample evidence of easy hacking by dishonest poll workers that can cause these "glitches".

Bottom line, when you vote in the presidential election, make sure the candidates you selected are the ones that get voted for. If not, immediately inform your poll worker and ask to vote again. Vote as many times as you have to, to make sure your vote gets counted. There is too much at stake in this election not to have every vote counted, and counted for whom it was cast.

Gary W. Priester
Placitas

 

    re: freedom roams in Placitas

I saw one of the wild horse herds this morning down in our valley—left everything hanging, my daughter waiting on the phone for her dad who'd already gone. I crooned at the horses and tried to stop Rocky from chasing them away—a collie who thinks he's died and gone to heaven to have something to herd, the white stallion with four brown mares and a young one. They stopped and looked at me as they mounted Evie's hill as though they knew I wanted them to stay, but for that very annoying dog barking at their heels and at the heels of their babe, driving them relentlessly away.

Then they were gone and I ran back to my hanging daughter and my busy day—happy, enchanted that they're still here, still safe, my fear assuaged that they've been nabbed by some supposed authority, some demigod with authority over the wild horses ... our own blessings showing us that Freedom still roams Placitas.

Sandy Poling
Placitas

 

    re: Miles comes through again

Sometime in September, a letter to the editor appeared in the West Side Albuquerque Journal describing the plight of two large beautiful dogs that had been abandoned in the writer's Rio Rancho neighborhood. She stated that the dogs had been there for three weeks, not leaving the field in which they had been left, still waiting for their owner(s) to come back for them. Neighbors had been feeding the dogs periodically as they were able to, but the writer said the once beautiful animals were now emaciated and dejected looking.

I was unable to push the story out of my mind and called the writer the next day. She stated that she had called many animal rescue organizations and the Rio Rancho Animal Control many times without getting help from any of them. Finally, she heard about Gary Miles of Placitas Animal Rescue and called him. He promptly came, with a large trap, and was able to rescue the female dog. He made several attempts to trap the male dog, but the dog had become angry and aggressive after his companion had been captured, and Gary was unable to catch him. Then the male dog disappeared, and nobody knows where he is now.

By now we all have heard so many reports of Gary's dedication to the animals. He is the one and only animal advocate around here who will go out at any hour, night or day, to rescue a critter. During the past twelve months, he has rescued 520 miscellaneous creatures in distress, has worked with Colorado dog-rescue groups, and periodically drives adoptable dogs to Colorado for adoption there. The rescue described above happened to fall on his first day of vacation, but he dropped everything and came through, as usual.

I think Gary deserves our appreciation and respect for his selfless work for abused, abandoned, and injured animals. Please consider a generous contribution to Placitas Animal Rescue (867-0004). You can be assured it will be put to good use.

Dagmar Pfander
Placitas

 

    re: NMRWA provides aid, not enforcement

The Signpost wishes to point out that the New Mexico Rural Water Association is not a state agency, but a nonprofit, membership-based organization that provides assistance and training support to small water systems throughout New Mexico.

NMRWA would like water-system users to understand that the association is not an enforcement, reporting, or government agency. Instead, NMRWA’s mission is to help communities attain safe and sufficient drinking water, and their services are provided nearly always free of charge.

NMRWA is currently offering aid to rural communities serviced by public water systems to protect their drinking water by creating source-water protection plans. NMRWA also provides outreach materials to educate community members about the importance of protecting their drinking water.

For further information about source-water protection and other programs, contact NMRWA at 3413 Carlisle Boulevard NE or (800) 819-9893.

 

    re: apostrophes

I'm not one of those grammar sticklers, and I know I certainly make my share of errors, but I can't take it anymore regarding the apostrophes.

Recently I've seen signs—and I mean huge signs—that show that people don't have a clue about how to use apostrophes anymore. And you should see some of the letters and e-mails that I receive as part of my monthly column for the Signpost Web site Ask Uncle Duffy. They're loaded with grammatical errors, of which the most common is the incorrect use or nonuse of apostrophes. 

Folks, you don't need an apostrophe with every word that has an s in it. There's a hot-dog restaurant on Menaul that has a sign which proudly proclaims Hot Dog’s. Why? And, how about the Sonic in Bernalillo? Their banner, which was up for months, said "We're having an anniversary party and your invited." 

People, if you don't know how to use apostrophes, please don't have anything printed. Better yet, check out a new book from England called Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss, in which the plight of the poor apostrophe is discussed.

Your welcome (just kidding!).

Uncle Duffy
Placitas

 

    re: growing good corn

There was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. For many years, he entered his corn in the state fair, where it always won blue ribbons. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting: the farmer shared his prize corn seed with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why, sir," said the farmer, "the wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."

We all share the same wind, the same water, the same Earth. True peace, abundance, health, and happiness can't be sustained in isolation. The welfare of each is eventually bound up with the welfare of all.

If we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.

—Author Unknown

 

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