Botanical gardens have made a huge difference in the wetland reserve | Letters to the Editor

The Leonora Curtin wetland reserve will now be managed and maintained by its owner, Las Golindrinas. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden has rented and managed the reserve for the past 28 years. These 28 years have seen the creation Рin cooperation with the Pi̱on School and Partners in Education Рof a program that has introduced primary school children and their teachers to the wonders of nature through hands-on experiences.

Dipping a bucket in the pond and then seeing (and identifying) the little “wavy things” with a microscope was an unforgettable “science” experience. Over the next few years, this program evolved into an exemplary citizen science program. The botanical garden established trails, planted native species, eradicated Russian olive trees, dredged the pond, started a searchable plant database, organized site tours, and organized early morning birding expeditions. . Our community is richer because of the years the Garden has spent managing the reserve.

With real guns around a Santa Fe film set, with guns in so many homes in America, how easy it seems for accidents and deadly violence to escalate because a weapon is nearby.

Shootings over parking lots, verbal arguments, loud parties, haircut murders… the shooting death of a small child, especially in a policeman’s home, is even more horrific. According to The New Mexican, in addition to the weapon assigned to the officer, “two AR-15 rifles, two Glock handguns, holster, magazine, numerous 9mm cartridges” were found in the house.

The family has received a lot of help from GoFundMe to cover the funeral expenses… while more than $ 3,000 of weapons and ammunition are in their home. Does that make sense? Shouldn’t they sell their surplus guns to cover the burial costs of their child killed by one of these guns? To eliminate any chance of another tragedy waiting to happen?

A recent column (Milan Simonich, “Missing Leadership to End 175% Interest Rate,” December 13) on further interest rate restrictions on consumer loans intentionally fails to mention that such caps eliminate the access of many New Mexicans to transparent and regulated credit.

New Mexicans who need loans to fill a gap in their finances sometimes turn to installment loans from approved lenders like my company. Almost all aspects of these loans are regulated by the state, including maximum principal, term, fees, and interest. Our clients compare the costs and consequences of their options and find the installment loan to be the best solution for their situation and are extremely satisfied with our service.

Under a 36% APR cap, New Mexico consumers would lose one of the last widely available credit options as approved lenders shut down, unable to cover basic operating expenses, including employee salaries. , as in other states. The credit needs of new Mexicans won’t go away, but their regulated options will.

Lawmakers must fix this problem once and for all and do it quickly. They tried 36%, without approval. He said Arkansas had passed laws limiting him to anything among teens, which is much more realistic. A platform should be launched to get people to pledge that we will not vote for any lawmakers, regardless of which party votes against, restricts, blocks, or otherwise prevents such legislation from happening in New Mexico. It is a necessary change to our laws. Any business that does not comply has to do business elsewhere.

Let’s make that happen NOW.

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