2/5 Letters to the editor
February 4, 2006
‘Brokeback’ doesn’t apply to all cowboys
In reference to Thursday’s CNJ story about “Brokeback Mountain:”
One man interviewed for the story seems to think he can make sweeping generalizations about cowboys. He said cowboys have morals that include abstaining from sex before marriage, and honesty. But my best friend’s heart was broken by a cowboy who had sex with her before marriage and then lied to her about the girl he was seeing on the side. Apparently, cowboy morals do not apply to all cowboys, just as this movie does not apply to all cowboys.
This movie is not telling the story of every cowboy. It portrays two fictional characters. If you watch a movie about two women who are homeless, should you assume that all women are homeless? Reasonable people know that not all women are homeless, and not all cowboys are gay.
I think many people have formed opinions about the movie when they have not seen it and are not able put the content into its proper context. “Brokeback Mountain” is not about being gay; it is about the suffering that takes place when people perpetrate bigotry.
Though “Brokeback Mountain” is set in the 1960s and ’70s, I would venture a guess, based on the comments I’ve read, that the last 40 years have done little to reduce prejudice.
The CNJ reported one woman saying, “(The film) promotes homosexuality. They are trying to convince us that it’s natural and it’s OK and it’s just a matter of choice. But it’s not.”
This film is not trying to convince anyone of anything. It is merely portraying the story of two men and the choices they had to make to cope with a bigoted society.
One man said about homosexuality among cowboys: ”It’s probably something that happens … something that is left unsaid.”
Thanks to “Brokeback Mountain,” he’s half right.
Raising minimum wage won’t help poor
Why do people believe that raising the minimum wage is going to reduce poverty?
Poverty will improve when the people in poverty become better educated and work their way out of it.
Since the war on poverty began in the 1960s, the poverty rate has stayed relatively constant no matter how much money the government has thrown at it or how many times the minimum wage has been raised.
First, minimum wage is an entry-level wage. It’s not meant for someone to be able to live on comfortably. Second, it is not the government’s job to tell a business how much their entry-level employees are worth.
Every location is different. An entry-level employee in Clovis should probably be paid less than an entry-level employee in Rio Rancho or Santa Fe because it costs more to live in Rio Rancho or Santa Fe.
When it becomes more difficult to find someone to work for minimum wage, then a business will pay more in order to fill open positions.
I found it amusing that a Democratic representative who is a business owner said workers deserve to be paid more. If that’s how he feels, then he should pay his employees more.
It used to be that unions negotiated to get higher wages and that’s the way it should be. Last time I checked, the governor wasn’t elected head of a union.
If the minimum wage increases, businesses will pass this added expense along to all of us. That’s the way economics works.
And after the minimum-wage increases are in place, we will be right where we are now.
John M. Mead
Club building holds fond memories
I am a native of Clovis and I read the article regarding the demolition of the Woman’s Club building (Wednesday’s CNJ).
It brought back fond memories of the mid-1950s when the building was used by junior high and high school students for school-sponsored dances.
My wife and I enjoyed many an evening in Clovis, dancing the night away at the Woman’s Club.
It will be a loss for Clovis and those memories.
Pharmacists can’t choose plan for you
All of us eligible for Part D Medicare have known for many months the choice was ours. Part D has 17 certified and approved providers in New Mexico. Each one of them has one or more plans; in fact there are 42 plans.
We can no longer run to the doctor, get prescriptions, then run to our pharmacist to get medications. Now we have been told awake, arise, study to see if we can find a better way — one that will help us pay for the out-of-control drug prices.
Every certified plan provider has provided phone numbers and/or contact points. These are available by looking at the 2006 Medicare Handbook or by calling the state’s Department of Aging and Long Term Care. The number is also in the handbook to get local people who have been trained on Part D.
Even more important is the multiple programs that have been held throughout the Portales and Clovis area to help us awake. Unfortunately, most of us had not even become aware we had to study and prepare and for once attempt to learn what was best for us.
Yes, Part D is something we have not experienced before. We have long had to choose our car insurance. Now the same thing is happening in the medical field. We must choose the insurance to help cover Part D.
We must awake, arise, study and then act. It never ceases to amaze me how much time and effort is spent complaining. If the same effort had been put into studying, listening and learning, most of the complainers could already have their Part D chosen and in operation.
Those eligible for Part D need to act now, select the best plan and be responsible.
The pharmacist can be your helpmate, but don’t expect him or her to shoulder your responsibility and choose your plan.