Open spaces are essential for Santa Fe | Letters to the Editor
I agree that the idea of Thrive Community School would be good. If, of course, it was a community school that serves those around it. Unfortunately, Thrive is a charter school. Registration is done through a lottery system. This will only have negative consequences for this overcrowded and exponentially growing area.
I don’t hear anyone say that they are against the school itself. The location is the biggest uproar. Why build a school near more than four other schools, in an area that doesn’t have the infrastructure to support it, and in a place that has unknown levels of radioactive waste in the ground?
Choosing this location would result in the destruction of a designated open space that people living in that area have become dependent on for many reasons. Other districts have 100 acres to 150 acres of parkland, while District 3 has over 20 acres. Save the open space of South Meadows! Build Thrive Charter School in a location that can handle it.
In case you missed the New Mexico Actors Lab’s brilliant production of Lungs, be sure to attend one of the performances before it closes on Sunday.
An hour and a half of exceptional theater – tour de force performances by the two actors on thought-provoking subjects that concern us all today, young and old. Having lived for several years in European capitals, I can guarantee that this production could hold its place on any international stage. Well done!
Councilor Signe Lindell, with the help of a stylish video and members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sponsored an ordinance banning the Shrine Circus in Santa Fe in 2017 under the guise of preventing animal cruelty. This ruled out a case that had entertained locals for over 50 years. The city cowardly avoided, however, banning the Rodeo de Santa Fe.
As with the Plaza Obelisk and other actions, we can see leaders who are not interested in our local history but what they believe, bringing their experience and belief outside of Santa Fe. local history needs to be preserved and supported by our elected officials. Supporting outside agitators and people willing to harm our community is not in our local interest.
It is a rare pleasure to feel so inspired by a leader. Mayor Alan Webber is not a politician. He is a true representative of the people and a guardian of the city he loves.
In a time of government cynicism, self-interest, and cronyism, Webber gave Santa Fe hope for the present and a vision for the future. He has proven to be a leader during the coronavirus pandemic, approached the issues of homelessness with intelligence and courage, and is an advocate for direct support to families. He made us even more proud to be Santa Feans – confident in our leadership, enthusiastic about the future and respectful of our heritage. Let’s keep moving Santa Fe forward.
I have been playing pickleball in Fort Marcy almost every day since mid-May. During those five months, I saw the tennis courts used for tennis a total of six to seven times. During this time, around 30 to 40 players play pickleball per day.
The Fort Marcy courts are the only dedicated public pickleball courts in Santa Fe, while there are 18 public tennis courts available for tennis players. Pickleball is by no means a sport for the rich; everyone is invited to come and play for the price of a paddle ($ 25 and more). I have met teachers, plumbers, chimney sweeps, government officials, police officers, accountants, massage therapists and many more who play regularly when work permits.
It is a sport that allows all kinds of people to have fun, exercise and socialize safely outdoors. Mayor Alan Webber and the council members who approved the conversion of an underused tennis court are to be commended for their responsiveness, not criticism.