Letters to the Editor for May 28, 2006

Reader says column unfair

Dear Editor: Regarding Sunday’s column by Karl Terry on Portales’ Maypole tradition:

Each person is entitled to his/her own opinion about events. It’s obvious that when the girl called Terry about winding the Maypole years ago, he should have said, “No.”

I found Terry’s remarks about Barbara George to be rude, unfair, and hurtful. She is a woman of integrity and high morals. She has spent most of her life in service to young people through the schools or the community. She has touched and inspired many people, including me, with her compassionate and caring nature.

Barbara George taught, coached and sponsored young people for many years. That she, like most coaches and sponsors, held her charges to a high standard is something that ought to be applauded and embraced.

I personally stand behind her. I’m sure I speak for many others when I say that she is loved, valued, thanked and appreciated for all that she has done and continues to do for others.

Marilyn Stratton

Proud of work on Billy the Kid

Dear Editor: What an honor for two of New Mexico’s finest citizens to be invited to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France for the showing of their documentary earlier this month.

Tom Sullivan, retired sheriff of Lincoln County, and his deputy, Steve Sederwall, participated in the making of a western documentary film, “Requiem for Billy the Kid,” directed by Anne Feinsilber. The film investigates the questioned death of Billy the Kid at the gun of Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881.

In their quest for evidence that focused on finding the truth, Sullivan and Sederwall’s reputation gathered national notoriety. The filming took place in Lincoln County and was chosen as a non-competitive, traditional, documentary film offering a creative look into the background of an American boy-icon who has captivated people.

Though myths perpetuated by a book authored by Pat Garrett himself and a handful of in-the-box-thinking historians would have us believe Billy was killed by Garrett, the official investigation over the past four years has revealed strong supportive evidence to the contrary.

One trail of thought supported by documented evidence suggests Billy lived to be an old man of 90, dying in the street of Hico, Texas, under the assumed name of Brushy Bill Roberts.

How wonderful if New Mexico and Texas would partner to creatively embrace the investigation of the legend of Billy the Kid, for Billy belonged to both, and there is much for each to share and to profit.

We should be proud of the dedicated, difficult work Sullivan and Sederwall have exhibited in their determination to extract the truth against all odds.

Emily C. Smith
Hayden Lake, Idaho