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The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - Ar­royo Seco fri­jol.

Stalin school of elec­tions?

With voter re­pres­sion in­creas­ing in our po­lit­i­cal land­scape, aren’t we mov­ing to­wards the Josef Stalin school of elec­tions? Stalin’s ap­proach was sim­ple enough: “Those who cast the votes de­cide noth­ing. Those who count the votes de­cide ev­ery­thing.”

BILL MUR­RAY

Re­mem­ber­ing ‘Coach’ Tor­res

Thank you for the ar­ti­cle on Coach Tor­res. While grow­ing up in Taos my mother Ly­dia worked full time, and my broth­ers David, Floyd and I spent a sub­stan­tial amount of time with Mr. Tor­res’ sons: Steven, Paul and Robert. We were the same age, and neigh­bors. Coach Tor­res made us part of his fam­ily by play­ing tackle foot­ball with us in his back­yard on week­ends, open­ing up the gym for us to play bas­ket­ball on oc­ca­sion, and he en­cour­aged us to at­tend church, join band and do well in school.

We were al­ways in­vited to fresh tor­tillas, chile and fresh

At school, if we were naughty, coach would take us to a pri­vate, out-of-the­way spot and twist our ears; I got more than my share. He would say, “Shape up.” To this day I say that to my­self, “Shape up.” Be a lit­tle bet­ter, a lit­tle stronger, a lit­tle more thought­ful, a lit­tle hum­bler, a lit­tle more con­sid­er­ate and help­ful. My broth­ers and I, like Steven, Robert and Paul ,all grew up to be­come men of in­tegrity; in great part we all owe it to Coach.

Thank you Steven, Robert and Paul for shar­ing your fa­ther with us; we loved him and all he did for us.

AN­THONY J. AY­ALA

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