Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014 a Time to Remember

I was standing in the facility office watching a television that was setup to show videos to students. Someone had found a wire hanger and fashioned it into an antenna so we could see what was going on. We watched in horror as the first of the twin towers fell. Shortly after we were all sent home to watch the news and be with our own families. My daughter was in grade school and I had found out about the attacks on the radio that morning when the plane hit the Pentagon. I had almost turned the car around at that point to take my daughter home but decided even if the country was under attack that Albuquerque would be the last place to face danger.

I knew from the sound of jet fighters taking off at Kirkland Air Force base that morning that something strange was going on. In my neighborhood you call that sound a early warning system.  Later in the day and for the next few days the skies were clear of commercial planes as the country determined if it was safe to allow planes back into our airspace. The only sound was that of fighter planes taking off from the base.

September 11, 2001 taught most Americans to make sure to tell their children in the morning that they are loved by both parents. It was hard to watch so many Americans loss their lives in a senseless act of violence that day. We remember this day as some Americans still remember Pearl Harbor. Whenever America is attacked on our own soil we remember the loss of life far more than if the individuals were killed in a war far off.

Since that day Americas have learned to live in fear of another attack. As a child I remember practicing what to do if the Soviet Union bombed our country. I was always thankful until that day that our children had not thought much about safety because we were at peace in our own homeland. Now they face dealing with security checks everywhere. Like my generation they lost a little of their childhood security because of that attack. We learned again the hard way that events that happen around the world can and do come to our shores at some point if left unchecked. We don’t want war in other parts of the world but when Americans are attacked far away then we must react to make sure that our country remains a safe place for the everyday lives of our children.

Yesterday President Obama addressed the nation on the issue of ISIS and what must be done to ensure that they will not be a danger to our citizens both here and abroad. Americans are very supportive of the actions he is taking to stop this group from spreading terror. We understand that at times we must make such individuals fear for their own safety if they threaten or take the lives of Americans. Justice is not always a peaceful and kind approach to ending conflict. It must never be our first answer but in the end if pushed too far then America must react to defend our own, in doing so we make the world a more peaceful place to live for all. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wrong Words from a Campaign at Wrong Time

I support Gary King for governor because I hope that he can do more then Governor Susana Martinez to encourage job growth in this state. We are at rock bottom when it comes to jobs in this state. I also like the way King supports teachers and funding education to create a well-trained work force. The educational policies that Governor Martinez has created have only harmed our educational system and reduced the skills levels of our children. I have no problem with his views on protecting the environment from large corporations that would destroy future usage of our lands for our children. Governor Martinez has sold us out to large corporations for endless amounts of money to finance her current campaign.

I do however think it is wrong to say anything about Governor Martinez’s nationality. I personally don’t think she has a kind and giving heart when it comes to New Mexicans. I just don’t understand why our candidates have to always put their foot in their mouths when it comes to this issue.

I know a large number of Hispanics are telling King’s campaign staffers that they will vote for Governor Martinez because she is Hispanic even though she has only harmed our state in the long run. This has to be difficult for someone like Gary who was born and raised in New Mexico. 

Governor Martinez was born in Texas and does not understand the culture of New Mexico. I do know that some Hispanics especially those in the north do view Governor Martinez as a bigot when it comes to protecting Hispanics in this state from rich white people from Texas. She picked on Speaker Lujan for not speaking English well and that offended a lot of Hispanics in the Northern part of this state. It would appear that Governor Martinez has no problem with offending Hispanics in the northern part of this state.

When it comes to race I know that most people view it as correct for members of the same race to attack each other for their weaknesses to fit into popular white culture, while someone from another race will be attacked for doing the same thing to the individual who attacked individuals from their own race. Governor Martinez has no solid ground to stand on when it comes to issues, so she will always play the race or gender card if she is given even a slight chance.