Letters to the Editor (05/12/2012)

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No place for monument
Editor:
The controversy which arose in Socorro in February when the Sons of Confederate Veterans erected a monument at the Protestant Cemetery is not an isolated event. An article in the May 10, 2012, issue of The Dallas Morning News entitled “Panel says no to Confederate Sign,” reported that as a result of strong objections from 12 minority state legislators, the Texas Historical Commission rejected a request from the Sons of Confederate Veterans “to install a historical marker near the Texas Supreme Court that details how the court building was funded with money from leftover Confederate pension funds. . . .  It’s the latest in a years-long battle the Confederate group has waged to get more monuments, plaques and even an official license plate honoring the Confederacy.”
The objections voiced by the 12 Texas legislators were essentially the same that I stated in my February 2012 letter published in the Defensor-Chieftain: “Confederate apologists have spent almost 150 years trying to change the Civil War into something it was not. Here’s what it was: An insurrection against the United States government with the main goal of maintaining the institution of African slavery.”
The monument in the Socorro cemetery honoring the memory of Confederate soldiers, who fought in the campaign to take New Mexico in their quest of the gold fields of Colorado and California, is highly offensive to me as a native New Mexican, not only because of the slavery issue, but because the soldiers it purportedly honors were responsible for killing hundreds of New Mexico Volunteers, i.e., my ancestors, who were defending their territory, and in the process, sacrificed their lives to help preserve the Union.
I repeat, this monument has no place in the Land of Enchantment.
Edward R. Baca
Dallas, Texas

Gay marriage bad for country
Editor:
President Obama’s recent declaration of unequivocal support for gay marriage is a tragic event for our nation. It gives the misconception that homosexual conduct is acceptable.
Those that take the Holy Bible seriously recognize that God is not pleased with homosexual behavior. Sexual deviants are as old as the history of mankind. In the Book of Leviticus, God addresses the men of Israel: “You shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife … You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
And you shall not lie with any animal and neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion.” (Leviticus 18:20, 22-23)
After 1,400 years, God’s views had not evolved to keep up with the promiscuous life style in the City of Corinth. Christ’s apostle Paul wrote:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”(1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Like all of God’s bans He is alerting us to that which is harmful to us and/or other people. Indeed, there are serious medical and psychological problems connected with homosexual behavior. For one, the suicide rate among homosexuals is many times higher. Some have put the blame for this on those who do not accept and tolerate homosexual behavior. While social pressure might aggravate the situation, full acceptance would not eliminate the problem. The solution lies in God’s forgiveness for those who repent.
In response to the president’s statement of gay marriage, one radio commentator said, “I am not concerned with what people do in private.” This statement in the context of what the president said is utter nonsense. The conversation is about legislation that would change the definition of marriage and institutionalize homosexual relationships as an acceptable alternative. This is not about what is done in private. It is about what will be taught in school to every child.
I am sure that there will be more attempts to legalize gay marriages in New Mexico. The majority of New Mexicans oppose it. But if we become complacent, a vocal minority could possibly get it passed. Jesus taught his disciples to pray to the Father in heaven, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Rev. Doug May
Socorro

Signs for blame all around
Editor:
This is in response to Mr. Latasa’s paid advertisement. Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, first for the grandmother/SEC employee. She of all people should have known better, and advised her grandson that although he may be qualified, he couldn’t and shouldn’t participate in the contest.
Then there is the general manager and trustees who should have made it clear that no employee or relative could or would be eligible. This also goes without saying that it also applies to the trustees’ families.
What Mr. Myers pointed out was merely the truth — all corporations make it clear no family members are to enter any corporate sponsored contest. The rules are put there for a reason, to keep it honest and above board.
Then we come to the counselors; did they present this to the student body? Also, where was this advertised? The only place I found it was on the SEC website and Eileen Latasa was in charge of it.
It is a shame that this event is marred, but the blame isn’t for the people who pointed it out. That “blame” goes to the people or person who blatantly ignored protocol. If it had been handled professionally and advertised more widely, maybe there would have been more entries.
So shame on you for not giving the opportunity to the rest of the county. And shame on you for putting your kids in that position.
This is a small community and we need to take an extra step to insure when there is an opportunity put out there for our kids we make it as fair and accessible as possible.
Charlene West
Lemitar