• Letters to the Editor - April 17, 2015

    Owners responsible for their animals
    New Mexico has abundant natural beauty. Outdoor exercise keeps people and their dogs healthy. I encourage residents to keep dogs as well as people walking, running and riding safe in Las Vegas and surrounding communities.

  • Letters to the Editor - April 10, 2015

    Become an organ donor
    The Children’s Organ Transplant Association was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Ind., rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But the child died before an organ became available. Those community volunteers, along with his parents, turned tragedy into triumph by using the funds they raised to help other transplant families. That was the beginning of COTA.

  • Letters to the Editor - April 3, 2015

    Railroad part of our heritage
    Now that the Amtrak route through the original Las Vegas has been granted a reprieve, maybe it is time for us to think about ways to firm up the railroad as an important part of our heritage.
    Why don’t we take the initiative to create a railroad-based historical and recreational district which would include all of the facilities built by or because of the railroad from 1879 until the First World War — all of them more than a century old.

  • Letters to the Editor - March 27, 2015

    Right to work bill a bad idea
    Why would we ever want to adopt a policy that has proven to drive down wages and not result in attracting jobs and companies to New Mexico?

    That’s exactly what state lawmakers and Gov. Martinez are doing by pushing Right to Work legislation in this year’s Legislature.

    Here are some quick facts about Right to Work and what it will mean for the state:

  • Letters to the Editor - March 20, 2015

    Regressive tax hurts citizens
    We taxpayers get saddled with a three-quarters-of-a-million dollar county purchase. Said purchase is quickly followed by the most regressive tax-hike available and no one sees a connection.
     This regressive tax affects our citizens in the lowest income brackets — the others can travel to Las Cruces, etc. to eat at Applebee’s, etc., while the rest of us must pay the regressive tax on local purchases.

  • Letters to the Editor - March 13, 2015

    Water rights ought never be sold
    I am a citizen of Las Vegas, N.M., who uses and pays for city utilities.  Also my family has been entrusted with irrigation land along the Rio Gallinas, and using the acequia to deliver water to the land.

  • Letters to the Editor - March 6, 2015

    Leading by example
    I was surprised, if not shocked, to read in Monday’s Optic (Feb. 23) that Rock Ulibarri was “battling” with the Rio Gallinas School for Art and Environment regarding his serving as a County Commissioner. I was genuinely stunned about this issue because the educational model vaunted by the Rio Gallinas School is “expeditionary learning”: teachers and students spend one day a week going out into the community on expeditions intended to relate classroom curriculum to the world in which students live.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 27, 2015

    Living wage is right thing to do
    Kudos to city councilman Joey Herrera for proposing a Las Vegas living wage ordinance.
    And shame on city councilman Vincent Howell for his obstructionism.
    Howell didn’t think twice about voting to approve a five-figure raise for Tim Dodge, but has major reservations over raising the pay of Las Vegas’ working poor above $7.50 an hour. It speaks volumes about his values, and why he should be a one-term councilman.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 20, 2015

     ‘Still tiptoeing on edge of cliff’
    Snowpack is a predictor of spring melt run off. As of last week, our mountain snowpack was less than two thirds of normal. The gurus are not predicting a very wet summer.

    We have been using the river to keep our one reservoir full. It holds only about 200 acre feet. For comparison, the city delivers about 5 acre feet per day. Come late March or early April, the acequias will start getting their share of river water, and the city will start to draw down on the reservoir.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 13, 2015

    Complications from measles overstated
    While the facts given in the editorial “Vaccinations Are Critical” are urgent, one should be aware of something called “completeness of reporting.” What this entails is the realization that not all measles infection cases go reported.