Power out­ages not quaint

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - Valdez Taos

To the editor: Septem­ber 16, 3:25 a.m. Power fail­ure, Blink­ing into a pitch-black kitchen. The moon came up.

Septem­ber 17, 4:49 a.m. Power fail­ure. The wind blew. Or it rained, or snowed; the sun rose; we set our clocks back; I parked my car fac­ing out from the car­port. It knows no rea­son. There is no pat­tern. Power Fail­ure!

It is not quaint. It is not charm­ing. It is not okay.

It hap­pens all year round. It is phone ser­vice, elec­tric ser­vice, in­ter­net ser­vice in town and out. And if you ever think you may re­ceive a re­fund or credit for ser­vices paid for and not re­ceived, for­get it. It is down­right third world, and we, right here in the United States of Amer­ica put up with these un­re­li­able ser­vices as a mat­ter of course and give it a pass as if it’s okay, all the while pay­ing as we go. At home and at my busi­ness, in Valdez or in town.

What will it take to fix the out­dated, over­bur­dened, in­fe­rior in­fra­struc­ture in North­ern New Mex­ico? How long will it take? How much busi­ness do I have to lose?

And con­demn­ing me with “if you don’t like it, move,” is the an­swer of an idiot.

FIX IT. TERRY POLIS Be­cause of their fore­sight bear­ing fruit, thou­sands of peo­ple crawled Taos’ streets last Fri­day and Satur­day watch­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the imag­i­na­tive, thought-pro­vok­ing and amaz­ing art in­stal­la­tions in the His­toric Dis­trict. It was truly an event for Taos’ en­tire de­mo­graphic. And it was free!

Putting on a pro­duc­tion of The Paseo’s mag­ni­tude takes an enor­mous amount of work by vast num­bers of peo­ple. Ev­ery­one who helped should be very proud of them­selves for mak­ing the event so en­joy­able. The Paseo de­serves all of the mon­e­tary and phys­i­cal sup­port it needs to be a yearly week­end that can be widely pub­li­cized to at­tract tourists.

LAWRENCE BAKER

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