Enough Is Enough
“That will be fun 100 years from now,” in the mayor’s words. Wouldn’t it be nice if our mayor and others who think the new manhole covers are such a great idea kick off this project off by buying the first dozen for their neighborhoods using their own money? Those who award Golden Fleeces would have a field day with this mayor … and those who blindly support his outrageous wasteful spending. This frivolous spending, like the many others this mayor has dreamed up, will do city residents absolutely no good. Is it another payoff to his campaign contributors or merely another blatant example of the mayor’s lack of fiscal responsibility to the citizens?
If this purchase is allowed to stand, then why not suggest that the roofs of all city buildings also be painted with the city’s tri-centennial seal so those flying overhead can marvel at the wasteful practices of our esteemed mayor. Then we could proceed with painting the roofs of all commercial buildings—starting with those in Nob Hill and Old Town, of course. Then we can do the roofs of every home in the city. Won’t that also be “cool” and make Albuquerque unique? Just when will the City Council, the responsible city employees and our fed-up residents have the guts to tell this frivolous spender of our taxes that enough is enough.
Pathetic Fear Mongering
In 1985, my husband and I put a passive-solar addition (sunroom) on a '30s-vintage south-facing Denver home under the soon-to-end federal solar tax credit. The retrofit provided 500-square-feet of new living space, heated itself, much of the main living area and, as a hybrid system with fans, much of a basement, when needed. In 1991, we purchased a Los Alamos passive-solar home with direct gain through Clerestory windows, a Trombe’ wall and thermal mass augmented by wood backup, the most comfortable home temperature-wise I’ve ever lived in. Ten months a year, we had more hot water than we could use from an active-solar water heater.
In contrast, I recently purchased a nearly new home in Rio Rancho. It has no solar features and, facing east and west, does not lend itself well to solar adaptation. I turn up the heat and still freeze on days when, if the house had been built with solar features, I could turn off the heat and be warm. That sunbathed cities in a poor state such as New Mexico, 35 years after the Arab oil embargo, have not required new developments to orient to the winter sun borders on criminal! That so few homeowners, agonizing over how to pay high utility bills, have not demanded access to such “free heat” speaks volumes as to the need for education.
Letters should be sent with the writer's name, address and daytime phone number via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be faxed to (505) 256-9651. Letters may be edited for length and clarity, and may be published in any medium; we regret that owing to the volume of correspondence we cannot reply to every letter.