These letters published in the Nov. 8 print edition of the Las Cruces Sun-News.
Let them play
Amid the pandemic, many things have been cancelled. One of these things being high school sporting events. Currently, there are only 5 states not allowing high school sports this fall, New Mexico being one of those. Most of the states postponing high school sports have a larger population than New Mexico.
Of course, New Mexico still does need to take caution, but I don’t think that high school sporting events need to be postponed. Of the states that have begun high school sports, they have not seen a big spike in COVID cases. There has also been a study done by the University of Wisconsin and the finding was that high school sports did not cause a large increase in COVID-19 cases. Over the course of two months 30,000 athletes participated in the study and 271 of them got the virus but only one of them got it due to playing the sport. Due to this, I think New Mexico should allow high school sports to take place this fall. As long as they followed the correct procedures such as wearing masks, social distancing, temperature checks, monitoring for symptoms, and increasing cleaning of facilities.
Most of the student-athletes look forward to being able to play their sport. For some of these students, their sport is the only thing that keeps them in school and makes them keep their grades up. For most seniors in high school, this is their last chance to play the game they love for others this is the time in which they would get recruited for college. If they can’t play, they won’t get recruited so they can’t afford to go to college. This will cause a wealth gap in sports because the athletes with money will continue to play and the others will not. In general, let the kids play.
Sharlene Lopez, Las Cruces
Let us stay healthy
Due to the recent ‘Let us Play’ protest, allowing families to express their concern about postponing fall sports, that took place on Oct. 11, 2020, I am writing to express why I believe it is an essential choice to postpone sports to spring of 2021, rather than risk the health of our youth.
Being a former senior, and athlete in the wake of this pandemic, I too, got my season ripped away from me. I understand how devastating it was, but I realized there are bigger things, such as record breaking COVID-19 cases each day, right here, in Doña Ana. Many may argue that other states are opening back up to play sports but fail to realize those same states are reclosing or even postponing sports like we are. Yes, youth are at a lower risk of getting the virus but think about how many susceptible people those children meet and the chain will go on; think about the beloved grandparents, loved ones, and even yourself. There already is a surge in cases and allowing sports would make it skyrocket.
According to health organizations such as WHO, NHC, and many more, Doña Ana has one of the most confirmed cases in New Mexico, stating 220 more cases, making 7,029 cases and rising as of Nov. 2, 2020. Keeping our community safe should be a top priority and if we wear masks, social distance, and flatten the curve, the faster schools would open and that means sports will too. You may be healthy, but at what cost would it be to put hundreds around you at risk?
Celia Acosta, Las Cruces
I want to congratulate Yvette Herrell on her hard-fought victory in the 2nd congressional district. The fact that she lost and then came back and worked hard again to win shows her tremendous grit and perseverance. She has shown us here in New Mexico that the “American dream” is still within our reach for those of us willing to work hard and never give up. We are fortunate to have Yvette as the only Republican representative in the United States Congress. I want to wish her much success as her public service continues.
Chris Mathys, Las Cruces (and Republican candidate for the 2nd congressional district)
Why aren’t you voting?
Half of the American people are not voting, and it has become a major problem. 138 million people voted in 2016, yet it only covers 58% of the voting-eligible population. Why is it that so many people do not vote? In New Mexico alone, half of our population does not vote. That is 1 million silent voices! I took this issue to social media and got over 40 responses. I live in a low-level income community, and most of the responses I got were that their parents did not vote because they just didn’t know enough about it, or simply didn’t care. The ineligible voters, kids under 18 seem to care more these days then the generation above us do. The poor communities with mothers and fathers on welfare and food stamps do not vote at all.
There needs to be more information given out about voting and registering. Not just the political parties, and candidates. It also must be brought to light that Election Day is on a Tuesday and makes it harder for the working class to vote. My fellow voters woke up several hours earlier to go vote before they went to their 8-hour shift, in fear of the polls closing when they got home. Gerrymandering is a huge part of the process and is done in every way possible. There are signs, commercials, even posts on social media giving wrong election dates and registration dates. For this 2020 election, voices are needed now more than ever. We as American people need to stop being so ignorant and educate ourselves on this matter because no one will do it for you! How will there ever be change if our voices are never heard?
Stephanie Rivera, Anthony, N.M.
Rockin’ the vote
As the election comes to a conclusion, New Mexico PIRG Students New Voters Project is celebrating all of the work we have accomplished. Since August, we have performed over 200 phone-banking hours getting students registered to vote, making plans to vote, find polling locations, and getting out to vote. Along with that, we have reached nearly 9,000 New Mexico students.
This was achieved through 82 class announcements across NMSU, UNM and CNM campuses, phone-banking, text-banking, emails, organizational outreach and events. One of our most successful events was our Civic Engagement Series Event over Zoom on National Voter Registration Day. Over 60 students showed up and listened to numerous speakers discuss how powerful the youth vote is and address common concerns students had. We also partnered up with Arizona PIRG and Texas PIRG on National Vote Early Day for a Regional Phone-a-Thon.
We are very proud of all our interns and volunteers who have put in countless hours to help their peers know when, where and how to get their voices heard in this election.
Mia Tontodonati, Las Cruces
In Sunday’s paper (Nov. 1), I.Clevenger made a good point regarding the recent appointment of Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court: “But have not the people already expressed their opinion through the last election(?) No law states that during the last few months of one’s term as president or senator you must abandon your duties.”
Odd that the same letter fails to reference the very obvious interference of the Senate in President Obama’s efforts to appoint a judge after the same people elected him — twice. The strong arming of Judge Barrett onto the court, whatever her qualifications, was appalling.
I sincerely hope she will, indeed, judge fairly. As a self-identified constitutional “originalist,” I also hope she doesn’t think returning to the mores of 1789 or so is what this country needs now.
Cat Boeker, Organ
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