Wednesday, April 22, 2009

how others see us

This how others see us. How do we see ourselves? O Bobbie Burns' louse, what can you tell us?

Town seethes ...KRQE - ‎approx. 12:30 am, Wednesday ...
MOUNTAINAIR, NM (KRQE) - Anger over the police chief's role in the death of two townspeople hit by a fleeing suspect erupted Tuesday night ...

Mountainair Police Chief Keeps Job - ‎approx. 1:30 am, Wednesday...MOUNTAINAIR, NM -- Mountainair Police Chief Ed Von Klutleben is at the center of the controversy after a deadly high-speed chase. ...

Angered community speaks out at public forum - approx. 11:30 pm, Tuesday ...Anger doesn't even begin to describe the mood in Mountainair Tuesday night. People were screaming and confronting the police chief ...

Mountainair police chief on hot seat tonight - ‎Apr 21, 2009‎ Mountainair Chief of Police Ed Von Kuzlben is expected to be the subject of debate tonight as some residents of the community are asking the city council to ...

To A Louse
by Robert Burns

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Ha! whaur ye gaun, ye crowlin ferlie?
Your impudence protects you sairly;
I canna say but ye strunt rarely,
Owre gauze and lace;
Tho', faith! I fear ye dine but sparely
On sic a place.

Ye ugly, creepin, blastit wonner,
Detested, shunn'd by saunt an' sinner,
How daur ye set your fit upon her-
Sae fine a lady?
Gae somewhere else and seek your dinner
On some poor body.

Swith! in some beggar's haffet squattle;
There ye may creep, and sprawl, and sprattle,
Wi' ither kindred, jumping cattle,
In shoals and nations;
Whaur horn nor bane ne'er daur unsettle
Your thick plantations.

Now haud you there, ye're out o' sight,
Below the fatt'rels, snug and tight;
Na, faith ye yet! ye'll no be right,
Till ye've got on it-
The verra tapmost, tow'rin height
O' Miss' bonnet.

My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out,
As plump an' grey as ony groset:
O for some rank, mercurial rozet,
Or fell, red smeddum,
I'd gie you sic a hearty dose o't,
Wad dress your droddum.

I wad na been surpris'd to spy
You on an auld wife's flainen toy;
Or aiblins some bit dubbie boy,
On's wyliecoat;
But Miss' fine Lunardi! fye!
How daur ye do't?

O Jeany, dinna toss your head,
An' set your beauties a' abread!
Ye little ken what cursed speed
The blastie's makin:
Thae winks an' finger-ends, I dread,
Are notice takin.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!


  1. I can't help to make comparisons between Mountainair and Bernalillo's South Valley. Similar demographics, and SV is something my program does a lot of projects and case studies of.

    During a recent interview, i asked the director of the SV Economic Development Center and Incubator. He said that the SV has a rep of being all crime ridden and backwards, and a lot of this is intentionally self perpetuated to keep people out.

  2. Do you think any of those projects, strategies, etc could be adapted for here? ask the director of the SV Economic Development Center and Incubator. Sometimes too much can be made of rural/urban differences when they may not be the determining factors.

  3. Most of the players and planners actually consider the South Valley rural, or the tecnical term, "Rural-Urban Fringe". All the strategies they employ are exactly what Ray Terhorst suggested at the town council meeting, mediation. But there are ton's of caveats, such the poor/disadvantaged can't be seen as disadvantaged, but considered other-advantaged. And there can't be any condescention. Their voice must be heard and their opinions have to be respected equally (even the absurd ones.)

  4. I never saw, or see now, the Media come to Mudnair unless it's something negative,even to the point of sending a 'journalist' to tell the thugs of NM that Mudnair has no Police,on the eve of a large,town wide event a few years back. The more insidious question is this: Who feels the need to call the local tv stations and feed them these 'hot news' tips about their town?

  5. journalists have police scanners

  6. The Police Chief does not have the temperament to be a Officer of the Law.
    He has slandered Local residents (defamation of character) in front of others without proof - for those witch he does not like -because of race and appearance.
    He Has Spoken Harshly to his deputies for witch i have never herd anyone speak to a individual this way in my 30 years of being a adult individual -and serving my country in the US Army. He is reckless. HE IS A BULLY! !!!! To the towns people. He Is Emotionally Unqualified. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE! Before he causes another incident.


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