The New Mexican published an article (“The state’s top water official shouldn’t have to be an engineer,” My View, November 21) by Denise Fort and Sally Rodgers. They called for the post of state engineer to be open to people with a qualification other than that of a certified professional engineer. They provided a good overview of the many aspects of the issues facing New Mexico’s waters as climate change progresses, the many stakeholders, and the legal issues. Solutions to these problems involve government and legislation, but a good understanding of engineering is fundamental to implementing the solutions.
By law, the Law on the Practice of Engineering and Surveying states in section 61-23-26: Public Engineering Works, that “it is illegal for the State or any of its political subdivisions or anyone to engage in the construction of any public works. involving engineering, unless engineering is under the responsible responsibility of a licensed professional engineer. It states in section 61-23-27: Engineering-Public officer-License required: “No person, except a licensed professional engineer, will be eligible to occupy a function or a position of responsibility for the State. or any political subdivision of the state that includes performance or responsible for engineering work. These laws ensure that engineers who meet proficiency standards direct the engineering work done at all levels of government in New Mexico.
The two authors suggest opening the post of state engineer to “all other professions, such as scientists, hydrologists, water planners and lawyers.” Their suggestion would open the post to people appointed by politicians with no guaranteed competence to oversee engineering projects. I am a professional engineer licensed in New Mexico, Georgia, and Oklahoma and think this is a really bad idea.
Frank Chambers, Ph.D., PE
A “mass psychological illness” killed three of my dear friends (“The Best Defense”, Letters to the Editor, November 29). The only redemptive aspect of this letter was the deceived author’s advice to stay home to please yourself if you get COVID-19 by following his advice on Typhoid Mary. Did the editors think the letter would self-destruct for nonsense? Naive. This letter is gas on the fire of the pandemic, and its publication unjustifiable.
What makes Santa Fe so special, so truly the city different? It’s a combination of a lot of things. Santa Fe’s long history, mountain views, and the many varieties of adobe architecture are all part of the city’s heritage. Too many high-rise buildings meeting certain problems would pose a danger to the city’s tourist economy. After many years in the tourism industry as the director of an educational nonprofit organization that organized tours for the Smithsonian and other Augustan institutions, I have confirmed that Santa Fe has something that others do. cities wish to have: an authentic and dynamic culture and architecture.
Thanks to The New Mexican for her thoughtful Sunday editorial (“For Parts of the City, Height is in the Eye of the Beholder,” Our View, November 28), trying to find a way forward without throwing away what we have. A reproach, as a member of the Railyard Board; Please note that there are no tall buildings in the Railyard where they are prohibited. Right outside, yes, there they are. There is an argument that compactness is better than urban sprawl, but compactness can be achieved without excessive height. The beloved historic district on the east side is quite dense but does not have more than two floors. Protect what we have: our architecture, our little river with water, hiking trails, stunning mountain views, and beloved traditions.
This letter is to congratulate the emergency room staff at the Presbyterian Medical Group / Hospital. Recently, after I suffered a fall, I had to go to the Presbyterian emergency room. And, as there was a long wait due to emergencies related to COVID-19 and others, the staff were friendly, efficient and attentive. In addition, a few months before, when I had another incident causing an emergency room visit to the same hospital, the staff had looked after me with a competent, friendly and professional demeanor. Everyone deserves kudos for making my presbyterian emergency room visits much less stressful. This property and its commendable staff are a welcome healthcare choice in Santa Fe.