Botanical gardens made a big 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 leased and managed the Reserve for the past 28 years. These 28 years saw the creation, in cooperation with Piñon School and Partners in Education, of a program that introduced elementary 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” under a microscope was an unforgettable “doing science” experience. In the years that followed, 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, conducted site tours, and early morning birding expeditions. Our community is richer due to the years the garden has been managing the reserve.

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

Shootings in parking lots, verbal arguments, loud parties, murders for a haircut … the shooting death of a small child, especially in a policeman’s house, is even more gruesome. According to The new mexicanIn addition to the weapon assigned to the officer, “two AR-15 rifles, two Glock pistols, a holster, a magazine, numerous rounds of 9mm ammunition” were found in the house.

The family has received a lot of help from GoFundMe to cover funeral expenses … while more than $ 3,000 worth of guns and ammunition are at home. This makes sense? Shouldn’t they sell their excess weaponry to defray the cost of burying their son killed by one of these weapons? To eliminate any possibility of another tragedy occurring?

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

New Mexicans who need loans to close financial gaps sometimes turn to installment loans from licensed lenders like my company. Almost every aspect of these loans is regulated by the state, including maximum principal, term, fees, and interest. Our clients compare the costs and consequences of their options and find installment loans to be the best solution for their situation and are overwhelmingly satisfied with our service.

With an APR cap of 36 percent, New Mexico consumers would lose one of the last remaining and widely available credit options as licensed lenders close, unable to cover basic operating expenses, including employee salaries, as seen in other states. New Mexicans’ credit needs won’t go away, but their regulated options will.

Legislators must address this once and for all and do so promptly. They have tried it by 36 percent, without approval. He said Arkansas passed laws limiting him to something in adolescence that is much more realistic. A program should be started to get people to subscribe and say that we will not vote for any legislator, regardless of the party that votes against, restricts, blocks or prevents such legislation from being carried out in New Mexico. This is a mandatory change in our laws. Any company that does not comply must do business elsewhere.

Let’s make this happen NOW.

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