• Welfare programs address needs

    Recently a Letter to the Editor in the Optic by Mr. Ray Herrera disparaged people who utilize Federal and State poverty programs, including those that address food insecurity, such as the food stamp program now called SNAP. His view is that “Government dependency is a horrible thing that leads to generations of pride-less, lazy, unmotivated parasites being supported by the hardworking folks who have earned every penny of their retirement incomes and Social Security.”

  • Garcia was a ‘great man’

    On Oct. 24 Peñasco Blanco, Ledoux, El Carmen, Mora and Mora County lost a great man, a neighbor, a friend, a legend, at the age of 95. I had the honor and privilege of knowing Juan Pablo Garcia for well over 30 years. I always called him Juan Paul. Being in the sawmill business as well, I always “looked up” to him. He was very genuine, proud, stoic, dedicated, personable, well respected, well-known and hard working (according to one family member he was still using a chainsaw at the age of 92.) If you knew this man, you were blessed... If not, you truly missed out.

  • Christmas cookies

    Christmas cookies for sale at Walgreen’s two weeks before Halloween underscores boldly the madness of the marketplace.

    Well, Halloween is over. “Trick or Treat! Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. I bask in the bliss of stuffing my face with sugar and corn syrup. I worship s’mores.”

    The season moves into russet-leaved scenes of a peaceful and  prosperous table around which those who gather share a feast that should be known by all — even the least for whom such scenes exist as a fable.

  • Montaño humbled by support

    I am truly humbled and honored by the overwhelming community support through the recent process of me seeking the governor’s appointment for the San Miguel County magistrate judge’s vacancy. I would like to congratulate Judge Eddy Gallegos and wish him well with the position.   

  • Women deserve much better

    Last year, myself and a colleague of mine took our students to a “Billion women rising” march at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Hundreds of women were walking around with notes pinned to their shirts that read, “I was raped” or “I was a victim of sexual violence.” My students heard these brave women speak, one after another, about their personal, painful, and traumatic experiences they endured.

  • Reinstatement of food tax unacceptable

    When the gross receipts tax on food was eliminated in 2005, municipalities were compensated for lost revenue by “hold harmless” distributions from the state. In 2013, a corporate income tax reduction was offset by phase-out of this policy.

  • The insane are running the asylum

    Ted Cruz and his fellow Tea Party Congressman, obviously puppets of the billionaire Koch brothers, shut down the government. Then this same Tea Party gang goes to the World War II Memorial screaming and yelling that the Memorial should not be shut down.  Heaven help us; it was like the insane are running the insane asylum. Now our own Gov. Susana Martinez, who recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Koch brothers, is being fitted for strings.

    Greg Gonzales
    Santa Fe

  • Dawson will never be forgotten

    Thanks to the Optic for recognizing the 100th anniversary of one of the largest mining explosions in the history of the U.S.

    Dawson was  very diverse and progressive for a mining community. Every race you could think of lived and worked in this community of around 8,000 to 10,000 citizens. Every amenity that any large city had available was present in Dawson.

  • Everyone has stake in Social Security

    We all know that Social Security helps families, but we rarely stop to think how much it helps the larger economy. In fact, it helps tremendously. Social Security fuels almost $1.4 trillion of economic activity nationally — $7.6 billion in our own state of New Mexico, according to a new study by AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

  • Visit and support animal shelter

    I would like to respond to Kim Delgado’s letter in the Oct. 4 edition.

    I am so glad she wrote what she did. I very much agree with her and want to add a few things.

    I visited the shelter after it was taken over by the Animal Welfare Coalition, and I am very happy to announce that it looks really clean, and is welcoming.

    The AWC people work very hard to do all the right things for the many animals that are staying there.

    As soon as I have the opportunity I will certainly offer my services as a volunteer.