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Las Cruces' Victims Assistance Program.

Walking the Walk
Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths.

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How Silver City became a True West town.

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Feral Facts

In letters to the editor subsequent to the Donna Clayton Lawder article on feral cats ("Where the Wild Things Are," October 2006), many people have advocated trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs and have made comments concerning diseases in cats.

TNR in tightly controlled circumstances (limited area involved, strict limits on new additions to the colony, etc.) can reduce the feral cat population. It is obvious that spayed females and neutered males cannot procreate. But, if a colony has 10 cats and one female remains intact and produces five kittens in one year, the colony has grown by 50 percent! In the past few years, statistical analysis has been done on some TNR-controlled colonies. In one colony in Florida, 90 percent of the animals had to be spayed and neutered just to maintain a constant number of animals. Neither TNR nor euthanasia alone is the answer. A coordinated effort utilizing adoption, TNR, responsible pet ownership and even euthanasia will be required to reduce the overpopulation of cats.

While Kathy Billings (Letters, December 2006) is in the ballpark for the percentages on Feline Leukemia, Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, she is mistaken in the naming of upper respiratory infections (URI) in cats and of Feline Panleukopenia. URI in cats is primarily caused by Feline Calicivirus (FCV) and Feline Herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1), with other viruses sometimes involved. Infection with these viruses is often accompanied by bacterial infections. Feline Panleukopenia is a disease primarily of the gut and sometimes affects the central nervous system and the eyes. Feline Parvovirus is the cause of Feline Panleukopenia.

Don Dykhouse, DVM


More People Speak

I read your editorial in the December issue of Desert Exposure ("Vox Populi") carefully, and it left me sad and demoralized. It is not whether or not I agree with you or not; that is not the issue. What you have done, in one emotional stroke, is change irrevocably the character of Desert Exposure, and polarized your readership

Your front page describes Desert Exposure as "The biggest little paper in the Southwest." I make note of the fact that it does not say "NEWSpaper" because it does not report news; rather it is a collection of articles and columns of general interest to a local population. The editorial page of a NEWSpaper usually gives opinions relative to news reported in the paper itself.

Your editorial comes out of the blue, does not relate to the content of your paper, but rather to your personal emotions as shown by the use of many inflammatory adjectives and invectives toward individuals.

I know that's what politics is all about, but that was not what your paper was all about. You have stepped on a slippery slope and I wonder whether you can or want to recover from that misstep.

I, for one, a long-time loyal reader and contributor, will have to view your paper in a different light from now on. I'm sorry.

Bert de Pedro
Red Rock


"Vox Populi" (Editor's Note, December 2006) is excellent! I have just emerged from six years of Republican-caused depression. I had almost lost faith in our capacity to see what was happening to us as a people. We are awake again. Thank you for expressing so well the true results of the election!

C. Mike Jousan
Silver City


Editor's note: Readers who interpreted December's Editor's Note as either a radical departure for Desert Exposure or as a partisan polemic might want to read more closely. The column has been commenting on national events–albeit from a Southwest New Mexico perspective–since at least November 2004's pre-election column on religion and politics ("A Prayer for This Election. . . and Its Aftermath"). Moreover, in this particular column, most of the people quoted or cited to buttress the argument that the 2006 elections represented a popular demand for a speedy Iraq exit were either Republican officeholders (Sen. John Warner, Rep. Chris Shays) or people who'd served in Republican administrations (Richard Clarke, Henry Kissinger). The subsequent release of the Iraq Study Group report only echoes the urgent need for a change in policy and the "dire" circumstances of our Iraq quagmire. That report was produced by a committee equally split between Republicans and Democrats, including arguably the two people in America most responsible for putting the current President Bush in office in 2000–James Baker and Sandra Day O'Connor.


The global warming fireworks (Letters, December 2006) were fun to read and I enjoyed your editorial on the election also. Got me to thinking and that is dangerous. Could be they're connected.

Anyone who has gone into a barn on a cold winter day knows that livestock produce a lot of heat and emissions. Entering a garage on a cold day usually leaves you cold. So I don't think the cars are the problem. However, democracy on a worldwide basis is pretty new. That means elections are pretty new. That releases a lot of hot air into the atmosphere and some pretty bad emissions (I had to use Lysol to detox my TV and phone the day after the elections). This could be the cause of global warming. It is also possible we are seeing the effects of the devil stoking the fires to give a proper welcome to those who think that murder, mayhem and plunder are acceptable as long as they use the government to do it (it's called "policy").

Just some thoughts. . .

Charles Clements
Las Cruces

Maxy-ing Out

It always amazes me with all the talent in Silver that Larry Lightner continues to put out such drivel and it gets published. I realize he does not care about good information; he only wants to add to his popularity by raising controversy, kind of like getting a rise when a kid puts a frog down your shirt and about as mature.

The basic tenet that quiet satisfaction is possible for the landscape, people and critters around him on his "Maxy" is absurd (Ramblin' Outdoors, December 2006).

ATVs are useful like any vehicle and ranchers have used them for fencing and dealing with their work. Most outdoor recreational ATV use in this area has taken the landscape to the point where we need help regulating their access. You can hardly walk on the Continental Divide trails without seeing tracks as well as short cuts cutting through willows going down to the Gila River.

To extol this Maxy as some expression of true nature or true grit is of course like saying Global Warming is natural. Larry's articles continue to show his lack of understanding and consideration for a larger picture around much of anything that has to do with taking care of what we have around us that is natural or even how to share it better.

Also when he refers to simply a muddy path in a forest, that mud is often teeming with life and nutrients especially after the heavy rainfall, and it is not something to just mow through on his machine. This whole image of "powering upward" like it is man challenging the outdoor thing is a farce. The men and women that have actually put their lives on the line climbing mountains and exploring territory are not replaced by helicopter drop-offs on mountains or some machine making you Davy Crockett by proxy.

We continue to lose the true adventure, and remote places, and appreciation of wilderness with our unlimited-access approach to things in our culture and continue to be duped by the path of least resistance and kind of whatever works. I think Larry has lost some marbles around many of the articles he writes and I am really tired of how trite they are when many people could write with more intelligence and information. Maybe he could just start a section called "recipes for disaster" since it seems like what he is best at conveying overall.

Nanda Currant


Days of Long Ago

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the article by my great-uncle, Allton Turner ("One Cowboy Christmas"). I have most of his writings, including this one, but seeing it published sent chills down me. I love his work; it takes me back to days of long ago when I would hang out with Uncle Allton at his place in Kingston and his house in Arenas Valley. By the time I came into the world, the family had already sold the EZ Bar Ranch, but we visited there numerous times..

It was very alive to me because of stories my dad, Howard Little, told me. My grandmother (my dad's mom), Nina McFarland, Allton's sister, lived on Santa Rita Street in Silver. When we would go to visit, my sisters and I would argue over who got to stay with Uncle Allton. It was always fun to stay there. We would play pretend poker on his poker table, play with his slot machine and listen to one cowboy story after another. A dream world my Uncle Allton grew up in, I always thought.

Thanks for printing his story and keep up the great work with your wonderful publication.

Vannetta Perry
San Antonio, NM


Editor's note: Fans and family of Allton Turner alike will be pleased to find another of his writings, "Winter Camp," in our next issue.


Art-History Lesson

Congratulations to Janey Katz for the creation of the sorely needed Hub Plaza ("The Katz' Meow," November 2006) in downtown Silver City! In the article on our new Hub Plaza, mention was made of a wonderful painting, a 1960s or 1970s scene set on historic Bullard Street, inside the old New Moon vegetarian restaurant. The story said the painting went full-circle on Bullard Street, from the New Moon to Pamela's veggie cafe to the Peace Meal deli. But the story leaves out the part where the painting also hung out in another veggie café on Bullard Street, the Garlic Clove Bakery Cafe and Art Gallery.

In 1995, the Garlic Clove and the Last Ditch Cafe both closed in protest over the pollution battles with the previous owners of the old car dealership for clean air downtown. The city called it "diversity"; we called it chemical styrene. The courts wouldn't do anything about it. The Environmental Protection Agency said even though the smell threshold of the styrene was 6,000 percent higher than normal, it doesn't hurt you.

Looks like the circle is closing. The painter's name? Marlene Z. Gutierrez.

A.L. Metzler
Silver City


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