As we leave 2017 behind and say bienvenidos to 2018, it is worth taking stock of the year and some notable moments.
In this week’s edition, we bring you a look back at a lot of them – from the best in cartoons to the most memorable stories. Taos County has seen some tough days. We lost beloved people to murders, accidents and suicides. We had things happen that we simply didn’t understand, such as a young man who killed three of his own family and two strangers. We had past abuses rise up to haunt us again when the Roman Catholic Archbishop released the name of priests found guilty of molesting young parishioners.
We’ve also had a lot of marvelous, triumphant and fun moments. We had an involved Taos public fight a four-story hotel – and win. There was the biscochito contest at Taos Herb that caught the attention of a U.S. Senator from New Mexico. And it was another great summer of dancing, music, fiestas, farmers markets and more in historic Taos Plaza.
We thank all of our readers, online and in print. We thank our contributors who’ve sent us tips, photos and comments – we love it when you send us your thoughts.
We have a lot of work ahead to make Taos the best place it can be. We have every confidence in the brains, heart and skills of Taoseños to make that happen.
One great place to start? Helping our children learn to be strong and self-confident.
Teaching children resilience, independence
One way to help any community thrive is to teach children – girls and boys – skills, so they can be confident in their ability to handle tough situations.
Those skills are beyond just knowing how to read, write and code on a computer.
They include the basics of how to change a tire, check the oil on a car or stay safe and warm in a car if trapped during a storm. There’s no reason girls and women shouldn’t know how to handle such emergencies.
Teach kids the basics of how to unplug a sink, Spackle a hole in a wall and relight a gas heater pilot and how to safely handle power tools. Each time they learn how to fix something, they learn a bit more confidence in solving their own problems.
Children who eat meat can learn to raise their own or hunt it. As our Great Outdoors story in this week’s edition notes, hunting is a long tradition. Children who learn those skills can think like their prey, track them, study the weather and endure the strenuous nature of dressing and packing out the animal they harvest. And they understand that guns are not toys; they learn to use them responsibly.
Kids who participate in 4-H learn the hard work and dedication required to raise animals. These youth don’t take their food lightly; they know where it comes from.
Send kids to self-defense courses, especially girls. They need to see that they can defend themselves even against attackers much larger than them.
Have them take basic first-aid courses, so when they are outdoors, they know how to handle an emergency.
We do our children no favors if we leave them without practical skills and the ability to take care of themselves. And by teaching them, we help our community be more resilient in the long run.